"Saint George, Maine" Saint George by Geoff_Wright

Saint George Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 6 photos

Saint George and the Dragon

Building, text and photos to follow.

The Saint George Peninsula is situated on the coast, south of the town of Thomaston (Hwy 1). The area was first explored in 1605. Known as the Lower Plantation of St. Georges, the present towns of St. George and Cushing were incorporated on January 28, 1789 into the Town of Cushing.
Due to the natural boundary the St. George River presented, in April 1802, whilst still under Massachusetts control, a committee recommended the towns be divided, and on 7 February 1803, the General Court of Massachusetts passed an act dividing the town of Cushing, and incorporating all that part East of the St. George River into a separate town by the name of Saint George.

In 1820 Maine achieved statehood, and by 1832 Saint George had grown to 1600 people. the population had grown to 2,217 in 1850 and peaked at 2,875 in 1880.

Between about 1870 and 1930 Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Scottish ande English stone workers arrived to work in the granite industry. With the decline of shipping and quarrying in the 20th Century, the town's growth reversed, reaching a low point of about 1,575 people in the early 1970's.

The coast of Saint George was once protected by three lighthouses; one at Whitehead to guide the way through Mussel Ridge Channel; one at Southern Island to mark the entrance to Tenants Harbor; and one at Marshall Point at the entrance to Port Clyde harbor. (See my Port Clyde page). Most of the early settlers to the area were Scotch-Irish from Dunbar's settlement. The area was also settled by descendants of the Massachusetts Bay colonists. Ship builders, sea captains and sailors have lived and worked in this town. The granite industry has provided jobs for stone cutters, quarry workers and paving cutters, some of them coming from Ireland, England, Scotland, Sweden and Finland to work in the quarries at Spruce Head, Clark Island and other locations. The fishing industry has always been a mainstay for the residents of Saint George, and this industry is still providing jobs for local people. Summer visitors began coming to the area almost 100 years ago and today over half of the town is owned by non-residents.

  • Last visit to Saint George: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated Nov 13, 2003
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  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2004 at 1:15 AM

    You didnt want to bring 'St George' home with you did you Geoff? Nice page and pics,

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2003 at 1:59 AM

    "we started chatting to one of the ladies in the hotel".. I think that was: YOU started talking, eh? Ladies an' all?! :-)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2003 at 8:17 PM

    A very interesting page on this scenic part of Maine! It was great reading your history lesson on how the community developed - nice photos of the Dragon too!!

  • RJ1967's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2003 at 1:06 PM

    Nice page Sir Geoff. I'm honored to be your first visitor.


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