A Brief Early History of Georgetown

Georgetown Island lies between the mouth of the Sheepscot River and the Kennebec River on the Gulf of Maine.  The Abenaki Indians called the island Erascohegan, meaning "good spear fishing".  John Parker, a fisherman from Bedfordshire, England, purchased it in 1649 from Chief Mowhotiwormet, commonly known as Chief Robinhood, for a hogshead of rum and some pumpkins.  Parker built the first permanent homestead on what eventually became known as Parker's Island.

The Kennebec River valley was attacked and burned in 1676 during King Philip's War, then again in 1689 at the outset of King William's War, and was not resettled until after the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth.  The town of Newtown-on-Arrowsic was rebuilt in 1714 on the southern end of Arrowsic Island, which was incorporated in 1716 by the Massachusetts General Court as Georgetown-on-Arrowsic, named for Fort St. George.  The town's boundaries were extended to encompass Parker's Island, Woolwich, Phippsburg and Bath (including West Bath).  Abandoned during Drummer's War and beleaguered during the French and Indian Wars, the region resettled slowly in the 1750s until peace was assured with the fall of Quebec in 1759.

About half of Parker's Island provided grazing land, and some residents raised livestock, producing butter and cheese.  In 1858, there were two sawmills, a pail maker and a shipbuilder.  but the merchant marine and fishing were the town's principal occupations.  By 1841, all the other parts of Georgetown had been set off and incorporated as towns, leaving Parker's Island with the sole claim to the ancient name.  Today, Georgetown is home to several boat builders, fishermen, retirees and many summer residents and artists.  It is the home of Reid State Park and is a noted site for bird watching.

Note:  Volunteers are needed to serve on the following committees:

Board of Appeals: 2 alternate members

Harbor Committee: 1 alternate member

Planning Board: 1 full time member

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions, contact Mary McDonald at 371-2820 for further information.

The 2011-12 Town Report is now available on line.  To view it, click on the Town Reports page.

Nomination papers for elected town officials will be available for pick up at the Town Office beginning on March 17th.  They must be returned no later than the close of business on April 28th with at least 25 valid signatures of registered Georgetown voters.  Offices up for election are : Selectman, Treasurer, Town Clerk, Tax Collector, School Committee, Road Commissioner, Town Owned Property Management Board, Cemetery District Trustee.
There will be a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day On Saturday, 17 May in Bath.  All Georgetown residents are invited to participate.  Click on the Solid Waste Management tab for more information.
The schedule for meetings and hearings leading up to the annual town Meeting is as follows:
7 May, 20104 Hearing for proposed Ordinance Changes
14 May, 2014 Hearing for the proposed Municipal Budget
15 May, 2014 Hearing for the proposed School Budget
03 June, 2014 Meet the Candidates Night
10 June, 2014 Town Elections
14 June, 2014 town Meeting
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