The charming town center of Sedgwick is located on the banks of the Benjamin River, as her waters join Eggemoggin Reach and Blue Hill Bay. The wider community of Sedgwick borders Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville and Sargentville. It boast one of the most photographed views in the state, Caterpillar Hill, which provides sweeping views from its elevated vantage, overlooking blueberry barrens out to Penobscot Bay, the hills of Camden, Isle au Haut, and Jericho Bay.
Sedgwick was one of the earlier settled communities, with perhaps European exploration and settlement predating Columbus. It is home to the oldest townhouse in continuous use in Maine, where annual town meetings are still held to this day. Incorporated in 1789, Sedgwick became known for its shipbuilding, tanning, cooperage, and mining. Before the advent of refrigeration, Sedgwick was strategic for its "Ice Trade", where mammoth chunks of ice were harvested from area lakes and sent to as far away places as India. Sedgwick's historic homes and buildings stand today as reminders of its earlier days and add to the beauty of the area's rolling hills, forests, grasslands, brooks, streams, lakes and shoreline.
Commitment to conservation offers sanctuary to wild creatures such as black bear and their cubs, white-tailed deer, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks. Wild turkey and quail are prevalent in the tall grasses, and various hawk species and eagles nest in trees. A wide variety of migrating birds stop in this area on their passage going north and south, resulting in this area being a bird watchers paradise. Some birds, such as arctic snow buntings, make this area their home through the cold winter months. Today, a variety of artists have made this area their residence, opening their homes to share and sell their artistic creations.
What to do in Sedgwick
- Caterpillar Hill Outlook
- Mountain View Restaurant
- Music in the Meeting House
- Walker Pond
Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society:
Was the first minister's residence and serves as the society headquarters and museum. Within the same property is the Sedgwick Historic District as listed on the National Register and includes the Ministers residence, one-room schoolhouse, hearse house, Town pound, Town common, original town meeting house and rural cemetery. Family-oriented activities/exhibits. Ask about their events calendar. 207-359-2547
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