Ocean Park, Maine

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Community view, c. 1920

Ocean Park is an unincorporated community in the town of Old Orchard Beach in York County, Maine, United States. A historic family style summer community affiliated with the Free Will Baptists, the community is located in southern Old Orchard Beach on Saco Bay.


Further information: Ocean Park Historic Buildings

The main institutional buildings in Ocean Park were mainly constructed in the 1880s in a Classical Revival style. The site was home to a large Free Will Baptist meeting site, organized in 1881 largely by Bates College President Oren B. Cheney. One of the prominent buildings is the Free Baptist Tabernacle Temple, a large octagonal meeting hall serving as the central gathering place of the camp. The style was similar to other prominent summer church camp meetings such those at Ocean Grove, New Jersey and Wesleyan Grove on Martha's Vineyard.[1]


  1. ^ "NRHP nomination for Ocean Park Historic Buildings" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Centennial History of Ocean Park, Maine, 1881-1981" by Adelbert M. Jakeman
  • Emeline Cheney, The Story of the Life and Work of Oren B. Cheney (Boston: Morning Star Publishing, 1907)

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