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Encyclopedia > Ogunquit, Maine
Welcome to Ogunquit
Welcome to Ogunquit

Ogunquit, pronounced "o-GUHN-kwit", is a town in York County, Maine, United States. As of the 2000 census its population was 1,226. With the motto "Beautiful Place by the Sea," Ogunquit is a popular summer resort. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2576x1932, 1064 KB) A photo of the Ogunquit sign. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2576x1932, 1064 KB) A photo of the Ogunquit sign. ... York County is a county located in the state of Maine. ... Official language(s) None (English de facto; French is also an administrative language) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ...

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History

Perkins Cove from Marginal Way in c. 1920
Perkins Cove from Marginal Way in c. 1920

Ogunquit, which meant "coastal lagoon" to native Abenaki Indians, was first a village within Wells, which was settled in 1641. The first sawmill here was established in 1686, and shipbuilding developed along the tidal Ogunquit River. Besides constructing schooners and brigs, local shipwrights built the famous "Ogunquit dory." Image File history File links Perkins_Cove_&_Marginal_Way. ... Image File history File links Perkins_Cove_&_Marginal_Way. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The Abenaki (also Wabanuok or Wabanaki) are a tribe of Native Americans/First Nations belonging to the Algonquian peoples of northeastern North America. ... Wells is a town located in York County, Maine. ... Events The Long Parliament passes a series of legislation designed to contain Charles Is absolutist tendencies. ... A sawmill is a facility where logs are cut into boards. ... 1686 (MDCLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ... Men from Francisco de Orellanas expedition building a small brigantine, the San Pedro, to be used in the search for food Shipbuilding is the construction of ships. ... Two-masted fishing schooner A schooner (IPA: ) is a type of sailing vessel characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Brigantine. ... Shipbuilding is the construction of ships. ... A wooden dory used for cod fishing from the Gazela A dory is a small, shallow-draft boat of approximately 5 to 7 m (15 to 22 ft) in length. ...


At what was then called Fish Cove, near the unnavigable Josias River, fishing was a major livelihood. But the cove was unprotected by a headland or breakwater from Atlantic storms, so fishermen had to protect their boats by hauling them ashore each night. Resolving to create a safe anchorage, they formed the Fish Cove Harbor Association, and dug a channel across land they purchased to connect Fish Cove with the Josias River. When the trench was complete, in roared the ocean, its erosion helping to further widen the passage. The resulting tidewater basin would be called Perkins Cove, across which spans a manually-operated draw footbridge, possibly one of the most photographed objects in Maine. Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ... The bay at San Sebastián, Spain A headland is an area of land adjacent to water on three sides. ... Breakwaters create safe harbors, but can also trap sediment moving along the coast. ... The Atlantic Ocean forms a component of the all-encompassing World Ocean and is directly linked to the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Southern Ocean. ... ... Official language(s) None (English de facto; French is also an administrative language) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ...

Ogunquit Beach in c. 1910
Ogunquit Beach in c. 1910

With a 3 and a half mile beach of pale sand and dunes forming a barrier peninsula, connected to the mainland in 1888 by bridge across the Ogunquit River, the weatherbeaten old village was discovered by artists. It became a popular art colony and tourist area. Particularly after 1898, when the Ogunquit Art Colony was established, it was not unusual to see artists and fishermen plying their respective trades around Perkins Cove. To accommodate summer crowds, several grand seaside hotels and inns were built. Image File history File linksMetadata Bathing_Scene,_Ogunquit,_ME.jpg‎ Bathing Scene, Ogunquit Beach, ME; from a c. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Bathing_Scene,_Ogunquit,_ME.jpg‎ Bathing Scene, Ogunquit Beach, ME; from a c. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... This article is about the sand formations, for other meanings see Dune (disambiguation) Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by eolian (wind-related) processes. ... Sand bars in the Mississippi River at Arkansas and Mississippi A bar is a linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water. ... Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of activities to do with creating art, practising the arts and/or demonstrating an art. ... An art colony is a place where artists live and work, interacting with one another, often creating a distinctive style. ... Year 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


Today, Ogunquit remains a vibrant seasonal resort town, having separated from Wells in 1980. Visitors often arrive from great distances and in great numbers, some from Canada. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


Cultural sites & museums:

Notable inhabitants: 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1785 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...

John Kendrick Bangs John Kendrick Bangs (May 27, 1862 - January 21, 1922) was an American author and satirist, and the creator of modern Bangsian fantasy, the school of fantasy writing that sets the plot wholly or partially in the afterlife. ... Walt Kuhn (27 October 1877 - 13 July 1949) was an American painter born in Brooklyn, New York City. ...

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.1 km² (4.3 mi²). 10.6 km² (4.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (4.43%) is water. Ogunquit is drained by the Josias River and Ogunquit River. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...

The Ogunquit River at high tide in August 2006
The Ogunquit River at high tide in August 2006
The Ogunquit River at low tide that same month. Ogunquit's beach nearly disappears at high tide.
The Ogunquit River at low tide that same month. Ogunquit's beach nearly disappears at high tide.

Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (8728x1691, 3003 KB) Photostitch panorama of mouth of Ogunquit River at Ogunquit, Maine. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (8728x1691, 3003 KB) Photostitch panorama of mouth of Ogunquit River at Ogunquit, Maine. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (11119x1665, 3605 KB) Photostitch panorama of mouth of Ogunquit River at Ogunquit, Maine. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (11119x1665, 3605 KB) Photostitch panorama of mouth of Ogunquit River at Ogunquit, Maine. ...

Demographics

The Cliff House in c. 1920
The Cliff House in c. 1920

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 1,226 people, 668 households, and 346 families residing in the town. The population density was 115.5/km² (299.0/mi²). There were 2,114 housing units at an average density of 199.1/km² (515.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.53% White, 0.49% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population. Image File history File links The_Cliff_House,_Ogunquit,_ME.jpg‎ The Cliff House and Bald Head Cliff, Ogunquit, ME; from a c. ... Image File history File links The_Cliff_House,_Ogunquit,_ME.jpg‎ The Cliff House and Bald Head Cliff, Ogunquit, ME; from a c. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 668 households out of which 10.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.2% were non-families. 39.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.84 and the average family size was 2.41. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...

Perkins Cove Road in c. 1920
Perkins Cove Road in c. 1920

In the town the population was spread out with 10.4% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 37.1% from 45 to 64, and 30.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55 years. For every 100 females there were 109.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.0 males. Image File history File links Perkins_Cove_Road,_Ogunquit,_ME.jpg‎ Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit, ME; from a c. ... Image File history File links Perkins_Cove_Road,_Ogunquit,_ME.jpg‎ Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit, ME; from a c. ...


The median income for a household in the town was $47,727, and the median income for a family was $56,731. Males had a median income of $44,583 versus $31,528 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,289. About 1.2% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Trivia

  • Part of Stephen King's The Stand, published in 1978, is set in Ogunquit.
  • No Major League Baseball players have been born in Ogunquit, but one passed away here: pitcher Bobby Coombs. (d. October 21, 1991)
  • The famous radio, stage and movie actor, and husband of Mary-Leigh Call Smart, J. Scott Smart, moved to Ogunquit in 1947 and lived for some years in one of the Perkins Cove fishing cabins where he worked to develop his fine art skills.[citation needed]

Ogunquit was also a summer hideaway and haven for actors like Montgomery Clift, Bette Davis and Gary Merrill.[citation needed] Jewish Comedienne Totie Fields also had a summer home in Ogunquit; it is now The Admiral's Inn on Route 1.[citation needed] Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... The Stand is a post-apocalyptic science fiction / horror / adventure novel by Stephen King originally published in 1978. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... mcv ... Raymond Franklin Bobby Coombs (February 2, 1908 - October 21, 1991) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. ... J. Scott Smart, aka Jack Smart (1902-1960), was a famous radio, film, and stage actor during the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s. ... Edward Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966) was an American actor known by the stage name of Montgomery Clift. ... Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989), born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress of film, television and theatre. ... Gary Merrill (August 2, 1915 - March 5, 1990) was a U. S. film and television actor whose credits included more than fifty feature films, a half-dozen mostly short-lived TV series, and dozens of TV guest appearances. ... Totie Fields (May 7, 1930 - August 2, 1978) was a zaftig American comedian who was not afraid to poke fun at her own weight problems. ...


External links

  • Ogunquit travel guide from Wikitravel
  • Official Website
  • Charles H. Woodbury & the Ogunquit School of Art

Coordinates: 43°14′56″N, 70°35′57″W Wikitravel is a project to create an open content, complete, up-to-date, and reliable world-wide travel guide. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Ogunquit, Maine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (756 words)
Ogunquit, pronounced "o-GUHN-kwit", is a town in York County, Maine, United States.
Ogunquit, which meant "coastal lagoon" to native Abenaki Indians, was first a village within Wells, which was settled in 1641.
Ogunquit is drained by the Josias River and Ogunquit River.
Town of Ogunquit, Maine -- (230 words)
Ogunquit, incorporated in 1980, is the third newest town in the state and is nestled between the towns of York and Wells on the southern Maine coastline.
The town is bordered on the ocean by a 3 ½ mile stretch of pristine white beach sand, shielded from the Ogunquit River by protected sand dunes.
The famous Ogunquit Playhouse is one of the few remaining summer stock theaters in the country.
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