Interesting Facts About Maine

The State of Maine is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast, New Hampshire to the southwest, the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the northwest and New Brunswick to the northeast. Maine is the northernmost portion of New England and is the easternmost state in the contiguous United States. It is known for its scenery — its jagged, mostly rocky coastline; its low, rolling mountains; and its heavily forested interior — as well as for its seafood cuisine, especially lobsters and clams.

  • Joshua L. Chamberlain born in Brewer received the only battlefield promotion to General during the Civil War. He was also the last Civil War soldier to die of wounds incurred in the War.
  • The chickadee is the official state bird.
  • West Quoddy Head is the most easterly point in the United States.
  • The White Mountain National Forest covers nearly 800,000 acres, the forest covers a landscape ranging from hardwood forests to the largest alpine area east of the Rocky Mountains
  • In 1641 America’s first chartered city was York.
  • The skating scene in the movie “The Preacher’s Wife” was filmed in Deering Oaks Park in Portland.
  • Acadia National Park is the second most visited national park in the United States.
  • Portland is the birthplace of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  • In Wilton there’s a cannery that imports and cans only dandelion greens.
  • Maine is the only state in the United States whose name has one syllable.
  • Maine is the only state that shares its border with only one other state.
  • Author Steven King is a resident of Bangor.
  • Senator Margaret Chase Smith stood up in the senate and gave the famous Declaration of Conscious speech, speaking out against the McCarthy era. Senator Smith was the first female presidential candidate.
  • Approximately 40 millions pounds (nearly 90 percent) of the nation’s lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine.
  • Maine produces 99% of all the blueberries in the country making it the single largest producer of blueberries in the United States.
  • Maine’s earliest inhabitants were descendants of Ice Age hunters.
  • Aroostook County at 6,453 square miles covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
  • Freeport is the home to the L.L. Bean Company.
  • Former President George Bush has a summer home in Kennebunkport.
  • Mount Katahdin is the state’s highest point at 5,268 feet above sea level.
  • Togus was the first Veteran’s Hospital in the United States. The facility was founded in 1866.
  • An unsuccessful attempt at establishing a permanent English settlement in the New World was at the location now known as Popham Beach. Sir George Popham led the expedition in 1607.
  • 90% of the country’s toothpick supply is produced in Maine.
  • Augusta is the most eastern capital city in the United States.
  • Portland was first temporarily selected as the state capital. In 1832 the capital was moved to the centrally located site of Augusta.