official_name = Searsport, Maine
settlement_type = Town
image_caption = Town House Hill
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of the town of Searsport (in yellow) in Waldo County and the state of Maine
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Waldo
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1845
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 111.2
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area_total_sq_mi = 42.9
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population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 2641
population_density_km2 = 35.7
population_density_sq_mi = 92.4
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 72
elevation_ft = 236
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Searsport is a town in Waldo County,
Maine, United States. The population was 2,641 at the 2000 census. Searsport includes the village of North Searsport. The town is known as "the home of the famous sea captains" and the "Antique Capital of Maine." [http://clickbrochure.com/mainebb/brochure.html] .
Searsport was settled in the 1670s and incorporated on
February 13, 1845from portions of Prospect and Belfast. In 1747, when fire destroyed the Province Housein Boston, General Samuel Waldo advocated, unsuccessfully, that the capital of Massachusettsbe moved to Searsport, which was part of the Waldo Patenthe purchased about 1720. [http://www.maine.gov/local/waldo/searsport] It was named after David Sears of Boston after he agreed to grant a large sum of money towards the town's founding. Searsport is noted for its rich maritime history. During the 19th-century the port had 17 shipyards and built 200 ships, while supplying fully one-tenth of the nation's merchant marinedeep water captains. The Penobscot Marine Museumfaithfully recalls this heritage.
Searsport is Maine's second largest deep water port and is ideally located from the point of view of
railroad, wood products and other development interests. [http://www.maine.gov/local/waldo/searsport] Indeed, the town became the Penobscot Bay shippingterminus for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad, which sent potatoes, timberand other products from here by boat, and loaded coalfor use by its locomotives, without having to arrange rates with the Maine Central Railroad.
Roswell K. Colcord, governor
Peter A. Garland, congressman & town manager
* Sam Houston, bodyguard to
Freeman McGilvery, army officer
David Sears, merchant & founder
Ephraim K. Smart, congressman
Frederick Stevens, congressman
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.9 square miles (111.2 km²), of which, 28.6 square miles (74.1 km²) of it is land and 14.4 square miles (37.2 km²) of it (33.42%) is water. Situated on Penobscot Bay, Searport is drained by Long Cove Brook and Mill Brook. It includes Sears Island, which is convert|940|acre|km2 in area.
The town is crossed by U. S. Route 1 and
Maine State Route 3. It borders the towns of Prospect and Stockton to the northeast, Belfast to the southwest, Swanville to the northwest, and Frankfort to the north.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,641 people, 1,130 households, and 732 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 92.4 people per square mile (35.7/km²). There were 1,370 housing units at an average density of 47.9/sq mi (18.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.07% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.08% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.19% of the population.
There were 1,130 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the town the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $31,288, and the median income for a family was $38,333. Males had a median income of $31,629 versus $23,221 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $18,883. About 11.3% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.
Searsport's government is organized around a
town meetingsystem with an annual town meeting held every March and special town meetings held at various times during the year. A five member Board of Selectmen(with its members serving three-year terms) is elected at the Tuesday before the annual meeting and it, along with the Town Manager, run the town's daily affairs, including overseeing town water, sewage treatment, police patrol, fire protection, emergency medical service, recreational programs and a library. They cannot pass a budget or most ordinances without town approval at the annual or a special town meeting. The town has no mayor, but the Board of Selectmen does choose a Chair who is responsible for running the Board's meetings. [http://searsportme.com]
ites of interest
* [http://www.stateparks.com/moose_point.html Moose Point State Park]
Penobscot Marine Museum
* [http://www.searsporthistoricalsociety.org/ Searsport Historical Society & Museum]
* [http://www.penobscotbooks.com/ Penobscot Books ~ Art / Architecure / Photography]
* A. J. Coolidge & J. B. Mansfield, "A History and Description of New England", 1859; H. O. Houghton & Company, printers; Cambridge, Massachusetts
* [http://www.searsportme.com/ Town of Searsport, Maine]
* [http://www.carver.lib.me.us/ Carver Memorial Library]
* [http://www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org/ Penobscot Marine Museum]
* [http://www.searsportme.net/ Searsport Business & Visitors' Guide]
* [http://maine.gov/local/waldo/searsport/ Maine.gov -- Searsport, Maine]
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