Blue Hill, Maine
|Blue Hill, Maine|
Blue Hill from Parker Point
|• Total||86.57 sq mi (224.22 km2)|
|• Land||62.48 sq mi (161.82 km2)|
|• Water||24.09 sq mi (62.39 km2)|
|Elevation||46 ft (14 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||2,676|
|• Density||43.0/sq mi (16.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0582357|
|Website||Town of Blue Hill, Maine|
Blue Hill is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,686 at the 2010 census. It is home to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, George Stevens Academy, the Blue Hill Harbor School, New Surry Theatre, Kneisel Hall, Bagaduce Music Lending Library, the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club  and the Blue Hill Country Club. A community on Blue Hill Bay, the town is the site of the annual Blue Hill Fair.
It was one of six townships granted by the Massachusetts General Court to David Marsh and 351 others for their service in the French and Indian War. Called Plantation Number 5, it was first settled in 1762 by Captain Joseph Wood and John Roundy from Andover, Massachusetts, who built homes on Mill Island at the tidal falls. It would then be called Newport Plantation. On January 30, 1789, the town was incorporated as Blue Hill, named after its commanding summit overlooking the region.
The outlets of various ponds provided water power for several sawmills and gristmills. By 1859, 5,000 cords of firewood were sent from the port annually. Other products included lumber, masts and roof shingles, but the predominant industry was shipbuilding. Beginning in 1792, 133 vessels were constructed at Blue Hill, some of them brigs and ships, but most schooners. The town was also noted for the quality of its granite, some of which was used to build the Brooklyn Bridge, New York Stock Exchange building, and the U.S. Custom House at Norfolk, Virginia. In 1876, local quarries employed 300 workers. Today, Blue Hill is a small, tight-knit community with much antique architecture. It is a summer vacation destination, boasting reversing falls, unique galleries, and numerous outside activities.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 86.57 square miles (224.22 km2), of which 62.48 square miles (161.82 km2) is land and 24.09 square miles (62.39 km2) is water. Located on Blue Hill Bay, the town is drained by Mill Brook. Blue Hill, elevation 940 feet (287 meters), is the town's highest point. Long Island, situated in Blue Hill Bay, is part of the town.
Blue Hill is crossed by state routes 15, 172, 176 and 177. It borders the towns of Surry to the northeast, Brooklin to the southeast, Sedgwick to the southwest, and Penobscot to the northwest. The town is the site of Blue Hill Airport.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,686 people, 1,279 households, and 733 families residing in the town. The population density was 43.0 inhabitants per square mile (16.6 /km2). There were 1,936 housing units at an average density of 31.0 per square mile (12.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.3% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.
There were 1,279 households of which 21.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.7% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.66.
The median age in the town was 49.5 years. 17.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.6% were from 25 to 44; 36.8% were from 45 to 64; and 20.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,390 people, 1,074 households, and 681 families residing in the town. The population density was 38.2 people per square mile (14.8/km²). There were 1,486 housing units at an average density of 23.8 per square mile (9.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.87% White, 0.38% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.13% of the population.
There were 1,074 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.73.
In the town the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $31,484, and the median income for a family was $41,688. Males had a median income of $28,200 versus $23,616 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,189. About 9.3% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.4% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.
Sites of interest
- Blue Hill Historical Society
- Jonathan Fisher House & Memorial
- Kneisel Hall
- New Surry Theatre
- Blue Hill Library
- Blue Hill Co-op
- George Stevens Academy
- The Bay School
- Gerald Warner Brace, author
- Mary Ellen Chase, author
- George Albert Clough, architect
- A. J. Cronin, author
- Daniel Dennett, philosopher
- Jonathan Fisher, minister
- Seymour Papert, mathematician, computer scientist, educator
- Horatio Parker, composer
- Brian D. Rogers, chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Susan Shaw (scientist), environmental health scientist, founder of the Marine Environmental Research Institute
- Noel Paul Stookey, musician
- Walter C. Teagle, president and chairman at Standard Oil
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
- Coolidge, Austin J.; John B. Mansfield (1859). A History and Description of New England. Boston, Massachusetts. pp. 57–59.
- Varney, George J. (1886), Gazetteer of the state of Maine. Blue Hill, Boston: Russell
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
the artist/painter george lee crosby has resided in Blue Hill, Maine since 2004
- Town of Blue Hill, Maine
- Blue Hill Public Library
- George Stevens Academy
- Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
- The Blue Hill Fair
- The Weekly Packet, a local newspaper
- Blue Hill Memorial Hospital
- The Bay School
- Blue Hill Consolidated School
- Blue Hill Peninsula Arts Lodging & Business
- The Blue Hill Harbor School