- Boothbay, Maine
official_name = Boothbay, Maine
settlement_type = Town
image_caption = Farnham's Cove
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of Maine
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Lincoln
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1764
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 119.5
area_land_km2 = 57.2
area_water_km2 = 62.2
area_total_sq_mi = 46.1
area_land_sq_mi = 22.1
area_water_sq_mi = 24.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 2960
population_density_km2 = 51.7
population_density_sq_mi = 134.0
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 7
elevation_ft = 23
latd = 43 |latm = 52 |lats = 18 |latNS = N
longd = 69 |longm = 36 |longs = 43 |longEW = W
postal_code = 04537, 04549
area_code = 207
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 23-06050
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0582358
website = http://www.town.boothbay.me.us/
Boothbay is a town in Lincoln County,
Maine, United States. The population was 2,960 at the 2000 census. It includes the villages of East Boothbay and Trevett. The Boothbay region is a center of summer tourist activity.
European presence was a British fishingstation on Cape Newagen in 1623. By the 1630s, there were a few families. Henry Curtis purchased from the sachemMowhotiwormet (commonly known as Chief Robinhood) the right to settle here in 1666. The inhabitants fled in 1676 during King Philip's Warand returned in 1677. In 1689 during King William's War, they were driven out again, and the village remained a desolate waste for 40 years.
Colonel David Dunbar, governor of the Province of Sagadahoc, laid out a town in 1730 known as Townsend, and convinced about 40 families of
Scots-IrishPresbyterians, largely from the north of Ireland, to settle here. Some were veterans of the Revolution of 1688. Named for Lord Charles Townshend, this settlement survived and was incorporated November 3, 1764. It was renamed Boothbay in 1842 after the hamlet of Boothby, which is located about a mile east of Welton le Marsh in Lincolnshire, England. Southport was set off in 1842 and incorporated as a town, followed in 1889 by Boothbay Harbor. cite book |last= Maine League of Historical Societies and Museums |editor=Doris A. Isaacson |title=Maine: A Guide 'Down East' |year=1970 |publisher=Courier-Gazette, Inc. |location=Rockland, Me | pages = 325 ]
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.1 square miles (119.5 km²), of which, 22.1 square miles (57.2 km²) of it is land and 24.0 square miles (62.2 km²) of it (52.09%) is water. Situated on the Cape Newagen peninsulaextending into the Gulf of Maine, Boothbay lies between the Sheepscot River and Damariscotta River. The town includes Damariscove Island.
Boothbay is crossed by state routes 27 and 96. It borders the towns of Edgecomb to the north, and Boothbay Harbor to the south. Separated by water, it is near the towns of Westport to the west, and South Bristol to the east.
As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,960 people, 1,261 households, and 881 families residing in the town. The
population densitywas 134.0 people per square mile (51.7/km²). There were 2,046 housing units at an average density of 92.6/sq mi (35.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.05% White, 0.03% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population.
There were 1,261 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% 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 2.77.
In the town the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 31.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $41,406, and the median income for a family was $45,761. Males had a median income of $30,500 versus $28,370 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $22,036. About 5.5% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
ites of interest
* [http://www.boothbayplayhouse.com/ Boothbay Playhouse]
* [http://www.railwayvillage.org/ Boothbay Railway Village]
* [http://www.boothbayhistorical.org/ Boothbay Region Historical Society]
* [http://lighthouse.cc/ramisland/ Ram Island Light]
* [http://history.rays-place.com/me/boothbay-me.htm History of Boothbay, Maine (1886)]
* [http://books.google.com/books?id=h4Wy3OQQDioC&dq=History+of+Maine&lr=&num=50&as_brr=0&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0 History of Boothbay, Southport and Boothbay Harbor, Maine,] 1623-1905, by Francis Byron Greene; published 1906
* [http://www.town.boothbay.me.us/ Town of Boothbay, Maine]
* [http://www.boothbay.org/ Boothbay Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.maine.gov/local/lincoln/boothbay Maine.gov -- Boothbay, Maine]
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