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Lincolnville, Maine
Centennial celebration in 1902
Centennial celebration in 1902
Location of Lincolnville (in yellow) in Waldo County and the state of Maine
Location of Lincolnville (in yellow) in Waldo County and the state of Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Waldo
Incorporated 1802
 • Total 43.65 sq mi (113.05 km2)
 • Land 37.34 sq mi (96.71 km2)
 • Water 6.31 sq mi (16.34 km2)
230 ft (70 m)
 • Total 2,312
 • Density 62/sq mi (23.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-39755
GNIS feature ID 0582561

Lincolnville is a town in Waldo County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,312 at the 2020 census. Lincolnville is the mainland terminal for Maine State Ferry Service transport to Islesboro.


Lincolnville. Looking north, by H. A. Mills
Lincolnville shoreline c. 1880

Approximately 10,000 years ago, a glacier covered the area to a depth of several thousand feet, carving irregular landforms that survive today. The earliest artifact of European origin was fragments of a 1650-1660 clay pipe, probably a trade good with the native population. First settled in 1774, the town was incorporated in 1802 from Canaan and Ducktrap plantations. It was named for General Benjamin Lincoln, a Revolutionary War General and friend of Henry Knox.

The first school in Lincolnville was a three-sided log cabin with a perpendicular ledge for a fourth wall behind Nathan Knight's home; the ledge served to support a blackboard.

Over the years, the population continued to grow until it was incorporated in 1802. A bicentennial celebration was celebrated by the town in 2002.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.65 square miles (113.05 km2), of which, 37.34 square miles (96.71 km2) is land and 6.31 square miles (16.34 km2) is water. Located along the western side of Penobscot Bay, Lincolnville is drained by the Ducktrap River. Priciple bodies of water include: Megunticook Lake, Norton Pond (123 acres), Coleman Pond (225 acres), Moody Pond (61 acres) and Levenseller Pond (34 acres).

The town is served by U.S. Route 1, Maine State Routes 173, 52 and 235. It is bordered by Belmont on the north, Northport on the northeast, Penobscot Bay on the east, Camden on the south, Hope on the west and Searsmont on the northwest.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 1,013
1820 1,294 27.7%
1830 1,702 31.5%
1840 2,048 20.3%
1850 2,174 6.2%
1860 2,075 −4.6%
1870 1,900 −8.4%
1880 1,705 −10.3%
1890 1,361 −20.2%
1900 1,223 −10.1%
1910 1,020 −16.6%
1920 811 −20.5%
1930 818 0.9%
1940 892 9.0%
1950 881 −1.2%
1960 867 −1.6%
1970 955 10.1%
1980 1,414 48.1%
1990 1,809 27.9%
2000 2,042 12.9%
2010 2,164 6.0%
2020 2,312 6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,164 people, 959 households, and 635 families living in the town. The population density was 58.0 inhabitants per square mile (22.4/km2). There were 1,465 housing units at an average density of 39.2 per square mile (15.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 959 households, of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.8% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.70.

The median age in the town was 47.5 years. 19.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.5% were from 25 to 44; 35.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.


Lincolnville is part of School Union 69 (with the Towns of Hope and Appleton), which operates the Lincolnville Central School (LCS), for grades K–8 and is part of the Five Town Consolidated School District (with the towns of Hope, Appleton, Rockport and Camden), which operates Camden Hills Regional High School. Dianne Helprin is the Superintendent of School Union 69 and Maria Libby is the Superintendent of the Five Town CSD.

Notable people

Lincolnville Beach
Panoramic view of Lincolnville Beach, July 31, 2006
  • Tim Boetsch, mixed martial artist
  • John Burstein, actor, creator and performer of Slim Goodbody
  • Jon Fishman, drummer, Phish
  • Elizabeth Hand, author
  • Alex Katz, artist
  • Eli Pariser, political activist
  • Levi Rackliffe, California state treasurer
  • Susan Rice, National Security Advisor and US Ambassador to the UN
  • Bidu Sayão, opera soprano
  • Neil Welliver, artist

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