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Dedham, Maine
Dedham, Maine is located in Maine
Dedham, Maine
Dedham, Maine
Location in Maine
Dedham, Maine is located in the United States
Dedham, Maine
Dedham, Maine
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Maine
County Hancock
Villages Dedham
Green Lake
 • Total 44.38 sq mi (114.94 km2)
 • Land 39.33 sq mi (101.86 km2)
 • Water 5.05 sq mi (13.08 km2)
344 ft (105 m)
 • Total 1,648
 • Density 42/sq mi (16.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-16935
GNIS feature ID 0582436

Dedham is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,648 at the 2020 census. The town includes the site of a Cold War airplane crash on Bald Mountain.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.38 square miles (114.94 km2), of which 39.33 square miles (101.86 km2) is land and 5.05 square miles (13.08 km2) is water. The small village corporation of Lucerne-in-Maine lies in a summer resort area along Phillips Lake near the center of the town. It is part of Dedham but has limited taxing and regulatory authority separate from the town's.


Dedham, Maine, was named after Dedham, Massachusetts.

1961 F-101 Voodoo crash

McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
F-101B fighter similar to the one which crashed on Bald Mountain.

Two McDonnell F-101 Voodoo fighters of the 75th Fighter Squadron were scrambled from Dow Air Force Base 22 minutes after midnight on 11 April 1961 to intercept an unidentified aircraft approaching the United States. SAGE identified the incoming aircraft as a Strategic Air Command bomber shortly after the fighters were airborne. The fighters' return to Dow was complicated by a light spring rainstorm, creating an icy runway under a 500-foot cloud ceiling. Dow's tactical air navigation system glide slope function was temporarily disabled after the first aircraft landed. The second aircraft was cleared to descend to 2,200 feet, using a two-dimensional radar approach, when it hit Bald Mountain at an elevation of 1,200 feet. Both crewmen in the second aircraft were killed. Investigators concluded the airfield elevation had been incorrectly set on the aircraft altimeter, creating a 1000-foot error unrecognized when aircrew acknowledged only the last two digits of altimeter readings in radio transmissions.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 455
1850 546 20.0%
1860 495 −9.3%
1870 448 −9.5%
1880 406 −9.4%
1890 366 −9.9%
1900 327 −10.7%
1910 353 8.0%
1920 286 −19.0%
1930 279 −2.4%
1940 293 5.0%
1950 374 27.6%
1960 438 17.1%
1970 522 19.2%
1980 841 61.1%
1990 1,229 46.1%
2000 1,422 15.7%
2010 1,681 18.2%
2020 1,648 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,681 people, 702 households, and 491 families living in the town. The population density was 42.7 inhabitants per square mile (16.5/km2). There were 1,254 housing units at an average density of 31.9 per square mile (12.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.6% (1,640) White, 0.4% (6) African American, 0.5% (8)Native American, 0.6% (10) Asian, 0.2% (3) from other races, and 0.8% (13) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 0.8% (13) of the population.

There were 702 households, of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.1% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the town was 46.2 years. 19.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 40.3% were from 45 to 64; and 11.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

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