Whitefield gets its name from the celebrated
British evangelist, George Whitefield, who inspired the colonists
before the town was settled in 1770. They remembered him when
incorporation came in 1809.
The earliest organized settlement was centered within the bucolic
parish of Saint Denis, located on a hill in the Irish Section of
town. The area was so reminiscent of the countryside of Ireland that
it became home to many from the old country, whose headstones tell
of origins in the Emerald Isle.
Our fertile and wooded river valley has provided sustenance and
energy to woodsmen, farmers, millers, sawyers and their families for
decades. All who plied their trade and practiced their craft were
thankful for the power and beauty of the Sheepscot River. The
variety of "privileges" has supported over twelve mills through
times past. The water sheels that helped produce shingles, beams,
boards, barrels, flour, meal, cider and woolens are quiet now. What
remains today are the cool rocked walls that still guide the river
currents into pools where Atlantic Salmon and Brook Trout rise to
feed in the shadows.
The three villages of this quiet pastoral community: King's Mills,
Whitefield and Coopers Mills are linked by the graceful Sheepscot
River that meanders down the towns very middle. There have been no
fewer than eight bridges spanning the river - carrying sheep, hay
wagons, narrow gauge trains, logging trucks and parades.
Today, Whitefield's population is a cooperative mix of farmers,
artists, woodsmen and professionals, all with the independent spirit
that gave our town its start. Even now the Grand Army Civil War
Veterans Hall, grange halls, churches, volunteer fire departments,
health center, townhouse and school are alive with public suppers,
dances, plays, ball games, civic events and celebrations.
As it has been for 200 years, Whitefield is active, vital yet
private and respectful of the individual's character that makes
Link to official Whitefieldweb site
Whitefield - 36 Townhouse Road, PO Box 58, Whitefield, ME