Winslow is a town and census-designated place in Kennebec
County, Maine, United States, along the Kennebec
The population was 7,743 at the 2000 census
Winslow was originally settled by colonists from Plymouth Colony
. The area was covered by the
land patent given by the English Crown to Pilgrim
and his associates. The earliest settlers had such Old
Colony and Pilgrim names as Winslow, Bradford, Warren, and Otis.
Descendants of those early settlers can still be found in the
Halifax was built by order of the Massachusetts General Court on
the peninsula at the confluence of the Sebasticook and Kennebec rivers. A settlement
subsequently sprang up under its protection, and was named in honor
of General John
Winslow, of Marshfield, Massachusetts who had overseen the fort's construction.
General Winslow was a descendant of Edward Winslow
, a Pilgrim
governor of Plymouth Colony
who arrived on the Mayflower
and founded the town of Marshfield.
General Winslow lived in the mansion built in 1699 by his father,
Isaac Winslow. The historic Winslow House still stands today in
Marshfield and is on the National Register of
The Sebasticook and Kennebec rivers provided major early routes to
transport food, goods, and more settlers. Benedict Arnold
followed the Kennebec River
north in 1775, stopping at Fort Halifax in Winslow on his ill-fated
attempt to invade Canada
The Fort Halifax blockhouse
, formerly the
nation's oldest wooden structure of its type, was rebuilt after the
original was swept down the Kennebec River by raging flood
waters on April 1
Thousands of Irish
and French Canadian immigrants
used the Old Canada Road (now a
) section of U.S. Route 201
during the 19th century to find seasonal or project employment, and
later make the Kennebec River Valley region their home. Modern
Winslow developed around the Hollingsworth & Whitney Company
, located along the Kennebec
River. The mill was later purchased by the Scott Paper Company
, whose 1995 merger
led to the
factory's closure in 1997. Winslow's industrial decline started in
the 1980s, although some small light
still exists, and new businesses continue to move into
the town. Despite this, the service sector remains limited.
Winslow is a bedroom community for
many middle and upper middle class families who work in nearby
Waterville and Augusta.
Scenes from the 2005 miniseries Empire Falls
, and Helen Hunt
, and based on
the 2001 book Empire Falls
, were shot in Winslow.
The town is home to the state's largest 4th of July fireworks
Winslow is located at (44.542428, -69.605101).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of
38.7 square miles
), of which,
36.8 square miles (95.4 km2
) of it is land and
1.9 square miles (4.8 km2
) of it (4.83%) is
water. Winslow is located at the confluence of the Sebasticook River
with the Kennebec River
The town is crossed by U.S. Route 201
and State Routes 11
. It borders the towns of Benton to the north, Albion to the east,
China to the
southeast, Vassalboro to the south, and (across the Kennebec River)
Waterville to the west.
Scott Paper mill (originally
Hollingswoth & Whitney) 10 years after the Kimberly Clark
As of the census
of 2000, there were 7,743
people, 3,268 households, and 2,212 families residing in the town.
The population density
people per square mile (81.1/km2
). There were 3,591
housing units at an average density of 97.4/sq mi
). The racial makeup of the town was 98.05%
, 0.13% Black
or African American
, 0.27% Native American
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.22% from
, and 0.97%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.77% of the
There were 4,268 households out of which 30.7% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples
living together, 10.4% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families.
26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.83.
Fort Halifax in c.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age
of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to
64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $39,580, and the
median income for a family was $46,725. Males had a median income
of $37,116 versus $25,429 for females. The per capita income
for the town was
$18,501. About 3.7% of families and 7.0% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 7.1%
of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.
Winslow has a town council
A town manager
handles day to day
Winslow has an independent school department, which provides
education from kindergarten
. It also has a Catholic
grammar school, St. John. The Winslow school system is a member of
School Union 52, which includes the towns of Vassalboro and China, but doesn't
include St. John.
While the three towns share a
superintendent, each one has its own school
. Winslow is still in the process of completing a
$9,000,000 high school renovation project.
Sites of interest
- Two Cent Bridge
- Fort Halifax
- Winslow Congregational Church
- Big G's Deli, a well-known restaurant in central Maine, famous
for its oversized sandwiches and pastries.