"Poland Maine" Poland by BabciaMaine

Poland Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 10 photos

in Trip Pond watershed area

Historical Highlights of Poland

Thanks to Poland Historical Society


1741 George the II settled a boundary dispute by creating the Province of New Hampshire. The land for the Bakerstown Grant fell within the new province boundary lines and the title issued by Massachusetts was invalidated.

1768 / 1769 Some of the first settlers were Nathaniel Bailey, Daniel Land, Moses Emery and John Nevens.

1770 Moses Emery settled in what is now East Poland. He built Bakerstowns first mill on the Little Androscoggin River at Minot Corner and established a ferry.

1792 Captain George Waterhouse built grist mill at the outlet of Range Pond.

1792 The first tavern was built by Capt. George Waterhouse.

1793 The first meetinghouse was built.
Its location is in question.

1794 A Shaker community was organized.

1797 Opening of original Mansion House, first of the Ricker hotels in South Poland.

1800 First Post office established at Poland Corner

1819 The Shaker Society at Gorham disbanded and moved to Range Hill, a mile from Poland Spring. 1820 Maine admitted to the Union as 23rd State.

1834 East Poland Office first established.

1837 Post Office established in West Poland.

1848 Rail travel comes to Poland as Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad depot is completed in East Poland.

1854 Androscoggin County formed

1870 John S. Briggs built a steam mill at Poland Corner.

1876 Centennial of the United States of America.

1876 Opening of the Poland Spring House.

1877 The first barreling and bottling house of Poland Water was built.

1884 The Poland Dairy Association built a butter factory where the Poland Community School now stands. The Factory had an output of 300 pounds per day.

1888 Fernald & Keene Brothers began their packing of corn and other vegetables and fruits. Four years later there were a corporation under the name of Fernald, Keene and True Company in West Poland.

1890 The New Gloucester Shakers changed their name to Sabbathday Lake.

1893 Town of Mechanic Falls formed.

1893 The Maine State Building was constructed at the Worlds Fair in Chicago.

1894 The Maine State Building was transported from Chicago and reconstructed on the Poland Spring property by the Rickers.

1895 Dedication of the Maine State Building.

1895 Poland Centennial Celebration and Parade.

1900 Population of Poland is about 2000

1906 / 1907 The original Poland Spring Bottling facility was built.

1911 Bert M Fernald is inaugurated as Governor.

1912 All Souls Chapel is constructed.

1914 Dedication of 2nd Excelsior Grange Hall.

1932 The Busy Bees Club was started.

1946 Poland Community Club was organized.

1954 The Poland Community School was constructed on the site of the old
Poland Dairy Butter factory.

1956 The Town converted to a Manager
form of government.

1956 The Summit Spring Hotel was razed.

1961 Community Health center dedicated.

1961 A four room addition was approved to Poland Community School.

1964 Alvan Bolster Ricker Memorial Library and Community House dedicated.

1965 The State Park and Recreation Commission acquired over 500 acres of land on the southern end of Lower Range Pond for a park.

1965/1966 The Poland Spring House was leased to the Federal Government for Job Corps.

1969 Poland Fire department was constructed behind the Town Hall.

1970 Poland's 175th Anniversary
with Parade and program.

1970 Population of Poland approximately 2,015.

1970 The Poland Spring Resort hosted the Spiritual Indian Guru - Maharishia Mahesh Yogi.

1973 The Town Highway garage was constructed.

1973 Perrier Corp purchased Poland Spring Water.

1975 The Poland Spring House burned down.

1976 Poland Spring Preservation Society
received charter

1979/1980 The Town's solid waste transfer station was constructed.

1980 Population of Poland approximately 3,752.

1990 Population of Poland approximately 4,321.

1995 Poland Historial Society formed.

1999 Bruce M. Whittier Middle School and Poland Regional High School opened.

2000 Population of Poland approximately 4,723.

Source: Poland Bicentennial

Preservation Park

More information on Preservation Park under Must see. You will find museums, golf hiking, mountauin biking, crosscountry skiing icescating gift shops food and crafts

At Preservation Park exhibit

This is one of the displays in the informational museum by and about Poland Spring Water and Bottling Company

  • Last visit to Poland: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • malgorzata_mazur's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2007 at 5:16 AM

    Dear Babcia. I found your page very interesting. I wish you Happy Easter. Malgorzata Mazur from Gdansk

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2005 at 2:25 PM

    Do you suppose I would love Poland, Maine as much as I love Poland? Meant to get up to the Poland Springs Inn this year but didn't make it. Want to tour the shaker village there.

  • evona's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2004 at 12:37 PM

    Very interesting page!! Greetings from Poland :)

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2003 at 11:56 PM

    Very nice page!! I just learned a bunch of stuff about Poland that i didn't know!!

  • ania70pl's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2003 at 5:26 AM

    So Poland Maine has something common with "my" Poland. Theresa, thank you very much for this page.


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