Gazetteer of the State of Maine, 1882 page 299
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Gazetteer of the State of Maine With Numerous Illustrations, by Geo. J. Varney

BOSTON: PUBLISHED BY B. B. RUSSELL, 57 CORNHILL. 1882. Public domain image from


natives or residents of Kennebunk. Among them are Joseph Dane,
Edward E. Bourne, Hugh McCulloch, Daniel Sewell, Joseph Thomas,
Joseph Moody, Horace Porter, William Lord, George Lord, and others
perhaps equally worthy of mention.

There are in-town two Baptist churches, a Methodist, a Unitarian,
an Advent and a Christian Baptist church. The number of public
schoolhouses in Kennebunk is fourteen ; and the value of school pro-
perty is estimated at $16,000. Tbe village schools are graded from
primary to high. The town has two circulating libraries, aggregate
[no nearly 800 volumes. The valuation of estates in 1870 was
$1*577,504. In 1880 it was $1,395,798. The rate of taxation in 1880
was two per cent, on one-half the valuation. The population in 1870
was 2,603 ; in 1880, 2,852.

KemieTbimk Port, in the eastern part of York County,
is bounded on the east by Biddeford, west by Kennebunk, north by




Lyman, and south by the sea. Its area is 14,108 acres, exclusive of
water. The Boston and Maine and the Portsmouth, Saco and Port-
land railroads cross the town about midway of its length. A branch is
expected to be run to the port village from the former road by July,
1881. Its principal village is at the south-east angle, on two or three
small but deep bays, known as Cape Porpoise Harbor. These are pro-
tected from the force of the ocean waves by a cordon of islands, of
which there are sixteen within the town limits. Upon one of the outer-
most of these is Great Island Light, which marks the north side of the
harbor entrance. The light-house is a stone tower, whitewashed, and
connected with a one and a half story wooden dwelling, painted white.
It shows a flashing white light, visible eleven nautical miles on an
eastward arc. The custom-house of the Kennebunk District is situated
in the village. The business centres are Kennebunk Port Village and
Cape Porpoise Village. The principal body of water is Brimstone Pond,


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