Cherryfield, Maine facts for kids
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Cherryfield Academy building, now housing town offices
|• Total||44.99 sq mi (116.52 km2)|
|• Land||44.44 sq mi (115.10 km2)|
|• Water||0.55 sq mi (1.42 km2)|
|Elevation||118 ft (36 m)|
|• Density||25/sq mi (9.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0582407|
Cherryfield is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States on the Narraguagus River. It was named for the wild cherries that once peppered the banks of the river. The town population was 1,107 at the 2020 census. The town bills itself as the "Blueberry Capital of the World". Roughly 75 acres (300,000 m2) on both sides of the river are a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places known as the Cherryfield Historic District. This district comprises a collection of period structures dating from c. 1750–1890. The town was first settled about 1760, and was originally part of the town of Steuben.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.99 square miles (116.52 km2), of which, 44.44 square miles (115.10 km2) of it is land and 0.55 square miles (1.42 km2) is water. The town is home to two breeding pairs of bald eagles.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,232 people, 570 households, and 332 families living in the town. The population density was 27.7 inhabitants per square mile (10.7/km2). There were 743 housing units at an average density of 16.7 per square mile (6.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.2% White, 0.2% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.
There were 570 households, of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.8% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.73.
The median age in the town was 48.8 years. 19.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.7% were from 25 to 44; 32.1% were from 45 to 64; and 23.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.
- Hiram Burnham, Civil War-era general
- Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War under Franklin Pierce lived in Cherryfield in 1857 while overseeing survey work for the Epping Baseline
- Andy Santerre, former NASCAR driver & owner
- Carlton Willey, major league pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves and New York Mets