Ogunquit Public Library
|Motto: "Beautiful place by the sea."|
|• Total||15.25 sq mi (39.50 km2)|
|• Land||4.18 sq mi (10.83 km2)|
|• Water||11.07 sq mi (28.67 km2)|
|Elevation||141 ft (43 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||902|
|• Density||213.4/sq mi (82.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0582646|
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Ogunquit, which means "beautiful place by the sea" in the indigenous Abenaki language, was first a village within Wells, which was settled in 1641. The first sawmill here was established in 1686, and shipbuilding developed along the tidal Ogunquit River. Local shipwrights built schooners, brigs and dories.
At what was then called Fish Cove, near the unnavigable Josias River, fishing was a major livelihood. But the cove was unprotected by a headland or breakwater from Atlantic storms, so fishermen had to protect their boats by hauling them ashore each night. Resolving to create a safe anchorage, they formed the Fish Cove Harbor Association, and dug a channel across land they purchased to connect Fish Cove with the Josias River. When the trench was complete, erosion helped to further widen the passage. The resulting tidewater basin is called Perkins Cove, spanned by a manually operated draw footbridge. With a 3½-mile beach of pale sand and dunes forming a barrier peninsula, connected to the mainland in 1888 by bridge across the Ogunquit River, the village was discovered by artists. It became a popular art colony and tourist area. Particularly after 1898, when the Ogunquit Art Colony was established, it was not unusual to see both artists and fishermen working around Perkins Cove. To accommodate summer crowds, several seaside hotels and inns were built. Marginal Way, a scenic trail, runs along the coast from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach. Ogunquit separated from Wells in 1980 and receives visitors from as far as Australia. Part of Stephen King's The Stand, published in 1978, is set in Ogunquit.
Over the past 100 years, Ogunquit has become a destination for LGBT tourists, and features numerous LGBT-owned and -operated hotels, restaurants, bars, theaters, and other businesses. Most of the LGBT-oriented businesses are in the village area of the town.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.25 square miles (39.50 km2), of which, 4.18 square miles (10.83 km2) of it is land and 11.07 square miles (28.67 km2) is water. Ogunquit is drained by the Josias River and Ogunquit River.
Ogunquit’s Marginal Way, a one and a quarter mile long trail with views of the coast, is neatly paved and the treacherous cliffs are, in places, fenced. The path leads from the downtown shopping area to the fishing village in Perkins Cove, now an outdoor mall of jewelry, clothing and candle boutiques.
Ogunquit Beach Panorama
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the town was $47,727, and the median income for a family was $56,731. Males had a median income of $44,583 versus $31,528 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,289. About 1.2% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 892 people, 498 households, and 234 families residing in the town. The population density was 213.4 inhabitants per square mile (82.4 /km2). There were 2,009 housing units at an average density of 480.6 per square mile (185.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.0% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.
There were 498 households of which 8.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 53.0% were non-families. 41.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.79 and the average family size was 2.37.
The median age in the town was 61.7 years. 7.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 2.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 13.6% were from 25 to 44; 34% were from 45 to 64; and 42.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.1% male and 49.9% female.
Cultural sites & museums
- Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit (1862) (located in Wells)
- Ogunquit Museum of American Art
- Ogunquit Playhouse
- Captain James Winn House, (c. 1785)
- Clarence H. Adams, commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and President of the Boston Celtics
- John Kendrick Bangs, author
- Bobby Coombs, Major League Baseball pitcher
- Joseph B. Davol, marine painter and art teacher
- Nathan Haskell Dole, author
- Totie Fields, actress/comedienne
- Arnie Ginsburg, radio personality
- Walt Kuhn, artist.
- Peter George Olenchuk, U.S. Army Major General
- J. Scott Smart, radio, film and stage actor
- Sally Struthers, actress
- Craig Timberlake, stage actor, singer, author, and educator
- John Grimes Walker, admiral in the United States Navy
- Charles Herbert Woodbury, artist
- "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.
- "Marginal Way". Accessed online 22 March 2008
- Town of Ogunquit, Maine - Official Website
- Charles H. Woodbury & the Ogunquit School of Art
- Maine Genealogy: Ogunquit, York County, Maine
- Ogunquit travel guide from Wikivoyage
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