Wolf Cove Inn
5 Jordan Shore Drive, Poland, Maine, 04274, United States
More about Poland
inside Poland Spring
Travel Tips for Poland
art and historic preservation
Poland is such a tiny out of the way place. You must intentionally look for it otherwise you will pass it by. Find artist Katherine Rohnert at 335 Mequire Hill Rd PO Box 163, West Poland Me 04291 . Telephone 207 9982267. email KRohnert@aol.com I met Katherine Rohnert at Harvest Hill Farms where some of her work was on display. She is a gracious pleasant person who was very pleased to have her work mentioned at our vt pages She produces land scapes and seascapes and is active in the POland preservation society although she has only lived in Poland a short time.
How Poland got it's name
There are a number of legends about how Poland was named which involve the Indian Warrior Chief Poland. Also there is a widespread assution that it has something to do with people fro the Country Poland. But the real story is just as interesting as the myth. Moses Emery the first male child born in Bakerstown (now Poland) petitioned the court of MAssachusetts which Maine was then a part of . for the incorporation of the town . He chose for it's name the title of his favorite Hymn "Poland" It is a hymn based on a Polish tune See the English adaptation here
Maine State building
1893 the Maine State building was the state pavillion for the World Columbian Exposition at the Chicago World's Fair. Hiram Ricker purchased the Maine State Building in 1894 and moved it by train from Chicago to DAnville Junction and then Horse drawn wagons carried the pieces by land to the present site. It was opened soon after as a library and art museum as part of Poalnd's Centennial Celebration.
a day at the mines
If you do not want to stay at the Mining camp you can tag along for the day to visit a mine and collect minerals. Take your own bag lunch or purchase one and stay for supper with the lodgers by prior arrangement with Mary
"in Trip Pond watershed area"
Historical Highlights of Poland
Thanks to Poland Historical Society
1741 George the II settled a boundary dispute by creating the Province of New Hampshire. The land for the Bakerstown Grant fell within the new province boundary lines and the title issued by Massachusetts was invalidated.
1768 / 1769 Some of the first settlers were Nathaniel Bailey, Daniel Land, Moses Emery and John Nevens.
1770 Moses Emery settled in what is now East Poland. He built Bakerstowns first mill on the Little Androscoggin River at Minot Corner and established a ferry.
1792 Captain George Waterhouse built grist mill at the outlet of Range Pond.
1792 The first tavern was built by Capt. George Waterhouse.
1793 The first meetinghouse was built.
Its location is in question.
1794 A Shaker community was organized.
1797 Opening of original Mansion House, first of the Ricker hotels in South Poland.
1800 First Post office established at Poland Corner
1819 The Shaker Society at Gorham disbanded and moved to Range Hill, a mile from Poland Spring. 1820 Maine admitted to the Union as 23rd State.
1834 East Poland Office first established.
1837 Post Office established in West Poland.
1848 Rail travel comes to Poland as Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad depot is completed in East Poland.
1854 Androscoggin County formed
1870 John S. Briggs built a steam mill at Poland Corner.
1876 Centennial of the United States of America.
1876 Opening of the Poland Spring House.
1877 The first barreling and bottling house of Poland Water was built.
1884 The Poland Dairy Association built a butter factory where the Poland Community School now stands. The Factory had an output of 300 pounds per day.
1888 Fernald & Keene Brothers began their packing of corn and other vegetables and fruits. Four years later there were a corporation under the name of Fernald, Keene and True Company in West Poland.
1890 The New Gloucester Shakers changed their name to Sabbathday Lake.
1893 Town of Mechanic Falls formed.
1893 The Maine State Building was constructed at the Worlds Fair in Chicago.
1894 The Maine State Building was transported from Chicago and reconstructed on the Poland Spring property by the Rickers.
1895 Dedication of the Maine State Building.
1895 Poland Centennial Celebration and Parade.
1900 Population of Poland is about 2000
1906 / 1907 The original Poland Spring Bottling facility was built.
1911 Bert M Fernald is inaugurated as Governor.
1912 All Souls Chapel is constructed.
1914 Dedication of 2nd Excelsior Grange Hall.
1932 The Busy Bees Club was started.
1946 Poland Community Club was organized.
1954 The Poland Community School was constructed on the site of the old
Poland Dairy Butter factory.
1956 The Town converted to a Manager
form of government.
1956 The Summit Spring Hotel was razed.
1961 Community Health center dedicated.
1961 A four room addition was approved to Poland Community School.
1964 Alvan Bolster Ricker Memorial Library and Community House dedicated.
1965 The State Park and Recreation Commission acquired over 500 acres of land on the southern end of Lower Range Pond for a park.
1965/1966 The Poland Spring House was leased to the Federal Government for Job Corps.
1969 Poland Fire department was constructed behind the Town Hall.
1970 Poland's 175th Anniversary
with Parade and program.
1970 Population of Poland approximately 2,015.
1970 The Poland Spring Resort hosted the Spiritual Indian Guru - Maharishia Mahesh Yogi.
1973 The Town Highway garage was constructed.
1973 Perrier Corp purchased Poland Spring Water.
1975 The Poland Spring House burned down.
1976 Poland Spring Preservation Society
1979/1980 The Town's solid waste transfer station was constructed.
1980 Population of Poland approximately 3,752.
1990 Population of Poland approximately 4,321.
1995 Poland Historial Society formed.
1999 Bruce M. Whittier Middle School and Poland Regional High School opened.
2000 Population of Poland approximately 4,723.
Source: Poland Bicentennial
More information on Preservation Park under Must see. You will find museums, golf hiking, mountauin biking, crosscountry skiing icescating gift shops food and crafts
"At Preservation Park exhibit"
This is one of the displays in the informational museum by and about Poland Spring Water and Bottling Company