The Early History of Greenwood, Maine

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A local historian has done a fine job over the years of preserving the history of his rural town. Greenwood Historical Society has put out a book on early settlement, particularly genealogical roots of the town, preparatory to the bicentennial of its founding next summer. The town was incorporated in February, 1816, the 213th town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ District of Maine.



The author is Blaine Mills, who has done much to further the preservation of documents and photographs in his Town. Greenwood became a rustic sport-fishing-and-hunting and summer resort area on account of its ponds and streams, but before that it was a farming and industrial community, making efficient use of woodlands, creating fields for subsistence farms and local produce. Today it has all plus winter resort skiing. Its most famous resident was Leon  Leonwood Bean, a.k.a. L.L. Bean, early maker of outdoor wear. The Early History of Greenwood, Maine is to be one of our Christmas presents to a couple of our own descendents. I’m not finding Mr. Mills’ family name in the early history. And ours would not be there, of course, as we lived in said town after the Historical Society was established in the late 1970s or early ’80s.

From the book:

Early Settlers

Many early pioneers did not settle in the known neighbor-hoods. A number of settlers were still making payments on their homesteads and did not receive a deed for many years. There are no Greenwood census records for 1810. Without registry or census records, we have difficulty finding where many of the early pioneers settled. The 1820 census is the oldest one of this town. There are 77 names in the 1820 census of Greenwood, and about 14 have no known homestead.

— Blaine Mills, Page 82

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