- Winslow, Maine
official_name = Winslow, Maine
settlement_type = Town
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
postal_code = 04901
area_code = 207
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 23-86515
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0582820
website = http://www.winslowmaine.org
image_caption = Winslow Congregational Church
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Seal of the Town of Winslow
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Kennebec
leader_name = Michael Heavener
area_total_sq_mi = 38.7
area_land_sq_mi = 36.8
area_water_sq_mi = 1.9
area_total_km2 = 100.3
area_land_km2 = 95.4
area_water_km2 = 4.8
elevation_m = 81
elevation_ft = 266
latd = 44 |latm = 32 |lats = 33 |latNS = N
longd = 69 |longm = 36 |longs = 18 |longEW = W
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 7743
population_density_sq_mi = 210.1
Winslow was originally settled by colonists from
Plymouth Colony. The area was covered by the land patent given by the English Crown to Pilgrimgovernor William Bradfordand his associates. The earliest settlers had such Old Colony and Pilgrim names as Winslow, Bradford, Warren, and Otis. Descendants of those early settlers can still be found in the town.
In 1754, Fort Halifax was built by order of the
Massachusetts General Courton the peninsulaat the confluenceof the Sebasticook and Kennebec rivers. A settlement subsequently sprang up under its protection, and was named in honor of General John Winslow, of Marshfield, Massachusettswho had overseen the fort's construction. General Winslow was a descendant of Edward Winslow, a Pilgrimgovernor of Plymouth Colonywho arrived on the Mayflowerand founded the town of Marshfield. General Winslow lived in the mansion built in 1699 by his father, Isaac Winslow. The historic Winslow House still stands today in Marshfield and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Sebasticook and Kennebec rivers provided major early routes to transport food, goods, and more settlers.
Benedict Arnoldfollowed the Kennebec River north in 1775, stopping at Fort Halifax in Winslow on his ill-fated attempt to invade Canada. The Fort Halifax blockhouse, formerly the nation's oldest wooden structure of its type, was rebuilt after the original was swept down the Kennebec River by raging floodwaters on April 1, 1987.
Thousands of Irish and
French Canadian immigrants used the Old Canada Road (now a scenic byway) section of U.S. Route 201during the 19th century to find seasonal or project employment, and later make the Kennebec River Valley region their home. Modern Winslow developed around the Hollingsworth & Whitney Company paper mill, located along the Kennebec River. The mill was later purchased by the Scott Paper Company, whose 1995 merger with Kimberly-Clarkled to the factory's closure in 1997. Winslow's industrial decline started in the 1980s, although some small light industrystill exists, and new businesses continue to move into the town. Despite this, the service sector remains limited. Today, Winslow is a bedroom communityfor many middle and upper middle class families who work in nearby Waterville and Augusta.
Scenes from the 2005 miniseries "Empire Falls", starring
Paul Newman, Ed Harris, and Helen Hunt, and based on the 2001 book " Empire Falls" by Richard Russo, were shot in Winslow. The town is home to the state's largest 4th of July fireworksdisplay.
Mike Cowan, golf caddy
Joshua Cushman, minister & congressman
Charles Fletcher Johnson, senator
* Sharon Lee, science fiction author
* Steve Miller, science fiction author
* Thomas Rice, congressman
Samuel Francis Smith, minister & author
Winslow is located at coor dms|44|32|32|N|69|36|18|W|city (44.542428, -69.605101).GR|1
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.7 square miles (100.3 km²), of which, 36.8 square miles (95.4 km²) of it is land and 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²) of it (4.83%) is water. Winslow is located at the confluence of the Sebasticook Riverwith the Kennebec River.
The town is crossed by
U.S. Route 201and State Routes 11, 32, 100 and 137. It borders the towns of Benton to the north, Albion to the east, China to the southeast, Vassalboro to the south, and (across the Kennebec River) Waterville to the west.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 7,743 people, 3,268 households, and 2,212 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 210.1 people per square mile (81.1/km²). There were 3,591 housing units at an average density of 97.4/sq mi (37.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.05% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.
There were 4,268 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $39,580, and the median income for a family was $46,725. Males had a median income of $37,116 versus $25,429 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $18,501. About 3.7% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.
Winslow has a
town councilgovernment. A town managerhandles day to day affairs.
Winslow has an independent school department, which provides education from
kindergartenthrough high school. It also has a Catholic grammar school, St. John. The Winslow school system is a member of School Union 52, which includes the towns of Vassalboroand China, but doesn't include St. John. While the three towns share a superintendent, each one has its own school board. Winslow is still in the process of completing a $9,000,000 high school renovation project.
ites of interest
Two Cent Bridge
* Winslow Congregational Church
* [http://www.winslowmaine.org/ Town of Winslow, Maine]
* [http://www.winslow.lib.me.us/ Winslow Public Library]
* [http://raider.winslow-hs.u52.k12.me.us/ Winslow High School]
* [http://maine.gov/local/kennebec/winslow/ Maine.gov -- Winslow, Maine]
* [http://history.rays-place.com/me/winslow-me.htm History of Winslow, Maine (1886)]
* [http://www.winslowhouse.org General Winslow Homestead]
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