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NORTH YARMOUTH. 401
t-ages, and spend several weeks in the place. There are now about
300 cottages, and a large hotel which, in the summer of 1878, enter-
tained upwards of 3000 guests ; and while the annual religious meeting
in August still remains the leading feature, the place is becoming a
popular watering place. A stage-line connects the villages with Belfast
and Rockland. During the warm season the steamers touch at the
wharf, and there are daily excursions from the shore and river towns.
It is already entitled to be called the Cottage City of the Penobscot.
Saturday Cove is also finely situated, having a pleasing view of the
bay and a cosy hotel. The village has a retired position, which, for
some, increases its attractiveness.
The number of old people in the town gives evidence of the salu-
brity of the climate. The oldest inhabitant was Mrs. Rebecca Pend-
leton, who died in 1863, at the age of 104 years and 6 months.
There are none but small streams in the town, Saturday Cove and
Little Harbor streams being the largest. Pitcher and Knights ponds,
closely connected bodies of w^ater, extend along a large portion of the
southern boundary. The manufactories of the town consists of two
saw-mills, one of which manufactures lumber, and coopers wares, and
the other adds treenails to these productions. There is also a boat
builder, and furniture, cooperage and carriage factories. The North-
port Cheese Factory produces large quantities of cheese that finds
ready sale. Farming and fishing are the chief occupation of the people.
There has been a large increase of improved stock in town within a
recent period. The soil is clay and sandy loam. Granite is the prin-
The first who made attempts to settle in this town were Thomas
Burkmar, Samuel Bird, David Miller, Colonel Thomas, Stephen and
John Knowlton, H. Flanders, Adam Patterson, Mark and John Welch,
Zaehariah Lawrence, Captain Ebenezer Frye, Major Benjamin Shaw,
David Alden, Henry Pendleton, and Micaiah Drinkwater. They
arrived but a short time prior to the Revolution, and had scarcely
more then begun to put their plans for homes into execution, when
they were called to the more exciting life of the army. There were;
no further settlements until the peace, when immigrants began to appear
from all parts of the State. During the war of 1812, a descent by the
British from Castine was made upon the settlers of Northport, and
several citizens were plundered. Some shots also wrere exchanged
along the shore, but none of the inhabitants were killed. One shot
that imbedded itself in the house of Jones Shaw, has since been one of
the notable things of this shore.
Northport was incorporated Feb. 13, 1796. There are in the town
a Christian, a Baptist and Methodist church. There are 9 public
schoolhouses; and the school property is valued at $2,700. The
population in 1870 was 902. In 1880 it was 872. The valuation in
* 1870 was $180,726. In 1880 it was $196,253. The rate of taxation in
1 the latter year was 3 per cent.
I North Yarm o utli is situated a little east of the centre of
I Cumberland County, 14 miles N.N.E. of Portland. On the east is
* Pownal; Yarmouth and Cumberland bound it on the south, the latter
and Gray on the west and north-west, New Gloucester and Pownall on
the north. The form of the town is nearly square. The surface ia,
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