About THS –
Trescott, Maine – Histories from 1785
History We have over 435 family surname files covering the years 1785 to 1920, including historical maps and surveys. Additional files cover the years from 1920 to 1945 (when the town deorganized) and later, 1946 to the present, when all vital records have been recorded in the bordering town of Lubec.
About The Society The Trescott Historical Society is a private membership organization and is open to the public. We are dedicated to the study and publication of the history of the Township of Trescott, Maine. The now-unincorporated town of Trescott is nestled between the towns of Whiting & Cutler to the west, and Lubec to the east. To the north are the shores of Whiting Bay and Straight Bay, and to the south is Grand Manan Channel in the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Formerly known as Plantation No. 9, it was incorporated in 1827, named after Major Lemuel Trescott (1751-1826), a patriot from the American Revolution, who had moved to the area in 1784, and had become a prominent citizen. During those early days, the town of Trescott was busy with lumbering, farming and fishing
Historic Lubec PhotosRare Glass Negatives of the Lubec area in 1911!
We are happy to make available for all to enjoy a very rare find — 65 photographs taken in Lubec and nearby areas in 1911! The photographer is unknown, but the surroundings will seem familiar. We would love feedback about any of these intriguing glimpses into our past. If you recognize anything or anyone, please let us know so we can share the information!
Thanks to photographer Leslie Bowman of Trescott!
Historic Colby 1881 Atlas Reprints
The first atlas of Washington County towns, villages, plantations and timber lots, binding together 87 individually engraved maps. Colby's original production run of fewer than 300 atlases was fully subscribed and sold out, by 1882. There never was a second printing.
Atlas size 11" x 12 ½" – $24.50 - Price includes same-day shipping, postage, and handling!
Please visit MoonRiverPress.com for complete atlas information and purchase details...
Trescott Historical Timeline
Prior to 1785: The Passamaquoddy Indians roamed the entire downeast Maine and New Brunswick, Canada region hunting and fishing.
The Passamaquoddy relied on the natural bounty of the sea and of inland forests and rivers throughout the year, dwelling mostly at the mouths of rivers, and traveling inland for game as the need arose.
- Circa 1785: Trescott first settled
- 1791: Originally called Plantation No. 9 E.D. (Eastern District of Machias) as part of one million acres in Maine purchased by Philadelphia magnate and land investor William Bingham from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- February 7, 1827: Incorporated as the town of Trescott; named for Major Lemuel Trescott, prominent resident of Lubec during the Revolutionary War
- War of 1812: Naval skirmishes fought along Trescott coast and harbors
- 1800s and early 1900s: Economy based on farming, fishing, lumber, shipbuilding, and sheep raising. Harbors were at Bailey's Mistake, Haycock Harbor, Moose Cove and the Bay at the South Branch of the Cobscook River (now called Whiting Bay)
- 20th century: Economy based mostly on timber, fishing, blueberry fields and poultry
- Late 1930s: New Deal plan to flood much of Trescott as part of Quoddy Tidal Power project; eventually dropped
- March 8, 1945: De-organized due to declining population
- Mid 1980s: Tidal Power flood plan revived and rejected
- 1988–1992: Successful fight to stop National Park Service from designating privately owned south Trescott coast as a National Natural Landmark and taking over Trescott and most of Washington County for new National Park
- 1995: Bonnie Healy began researching history of Trescott and its early settlement. Founded Trescott Historical Society May 2000; first meeting October 2000