Searsport is my hometown. Hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do!
Searsport was settled in the 1670s and incorporated on February 13, 1845 from portions of Prospect and Belfast. In 1747, when fire destroyed the ProvinceHouse in Boston, General Samuel Waldo advocated, unsuccessfully, that the capital of Massachusetts be moved to Searsport, which was part of the WaldoPatent he purchased about 1720. 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 maritimehistory. During the 19th-century the port had 17 shipyards and built 200 ships, while supplying fully one-tenth of the nation’s merchantmarine deep water captains.The PenobscotMarineMuseum faithfully 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.<a href=”http://www.maine.gov/local/waldo/searsport” Indeed, the town became the PenobscotBay shipping terminus for the Northern Maine Seaport Railroad, a line opened in 1905 by the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad, which sent potatoes, timber and other products from here by boat, and loaded coal for use by its locomotives, without having to arrange rates with the MaineCentralRailroad.Geography
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 940 acres 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.