Norway, Maine 04268
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|The town of Norway, Maine is almost as old as the nation. In 1786, five men from Gray, Maine purchased land near Pennesseewassee Lake, about 50 miles northwest of the seaport of Portland. The first house was built by Jonas Stevens around 1787. It was a 16 by 20 foot frame structure with a large stone fireplace. The first child born in Norway was Sarah Stevens, born October 17, 1787. The first boy born here was her brother, Joseph, born May 31, 1788. When the 1790 census was taken, a total of 448 people lived in what was to become Norway. The community was incorporated as a town on March 9, 1797. Why it was called Norway remains unclear. But it was not unusual for communities in Maine to take the names of cities and nations around the world. The first road was constructed in 1796, and in 1789 Mrs. Peter Everett opened a school in her home. In the early 1800’s, in addition to farm homes, the town had a saw mill, corn mill, blacksmith shop, and one store that sold salt, molasses, tea, coffee, rum, maple syrup, salt fish and tobacco, as well as calico, cotton sheeting, and bags of “cotton-wool.” A tavern was opened by William Hobbs in 1809. One of the Noway’s worst disasters happended May of 1894 when a fire started in the C.B. Cummings Mill and, driven by a strong wind, swept down Main Street, destroying the Opera House, the tannery, the Congregational Church, and some 80 homes and other structures, plus 120 shade trees. During the same year much of the downtown was rebuilt, including several brick structures. Please share any Norway, Maine information with us. To feature your Maine business, contact us.
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