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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.
Nomination Papers & Town Meeting Dates
Click on the Town Office Information tab to the left for all the information and details.
Mexican Pot Luck at the GCC, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 5 PM
3rd Thursday of each month Jan-April–Game Day at CC 1-4pm (open to all).
YMCA Swim Program Feb 27-April 8/April 24-June 10–Swim lessons for Georgetown 2nd graders
Town Meeting Dates
Ordinance Hearing – Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 at 7 PM in the Georgetown Central School. Click on the Draft Ordinances tab to the left to view all the draft ordinances.
School Budget Hearing – Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 at 6 PM in the Georgetown Central School
Town Budget Hearing – Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 at 7 PM in the Georgetown Central School
Municipal Election – Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 from 8 AM to 8 PM in the Georgetown Central School
Town Meeting – Saturday, 17 June, 2017 at 9 AM in the Georgetown Central School
Dredging the Kennebec
Click on the link to view the Public Notice for Kennebec River Dredging: Kennebec PUBLIC NOTICE – Note of Intent to File
Homestead Property Tax Exemption
The Governor recently submitted his proposal for the next two year budget to the Legislature. In the proposal is a clause that would significantly change the Homestead Property Tax Exemption. The Board of Selectmen is sending a letter to all residents that currently qualify for this exemption to inform them of the potential change and the effect it would have on the program. If these changes are adopted, it will have a profound effect on all current and future participants, greatly reducing benefits. Click on the link to view the letter: Homestead Exemption Notice 2017
Problems with Fairpoint DSL?
If you are having problems with your Fairpoint DSL connection intermittently dropping out and then reconnecting, the issue could be low signal strength. If you call Fairpoint, they will set up a work order to investigate the problem, but they will not know there is an issue unless you report it. And if more than one person in the same general area reports the problem, it could be an indication of a larger system issue. So if you have an issue, please call it in to help not only yourself, but also your neighbors. The tech support number is 1-800-240-5019.
For all the latest info on the effort to upgrade broad band services, please click on the Broad Band tab to the left. And don’t forget to participate in the BB speed survey.
Volunteers are needed to serve on the following Boards and Committees:
Board of Appeals – 1 Fulltime Member; 2 Alternate members
Financial Advisory Committee – 1 Fulltime member
Harbor Committee – 2 Alternate member
Planning Board – 1 Fulltime member; 2 Alternate members
If you are interested in serving on any of these committees or boards, please contact Mary McDonald in person at the Town Office or call at 371-2820.