The Sons and Daughters of the Colony of New Sweden (New Sweden Historical Society) and Maine’s Swedish Colony, Inc. have merged under the New Sweden Histroical Society name.
Film Chronicles Stories of Maine's Swedish Immigrants. Listen to the interview with Dan Olson and Brenda Jepson from MPBN radio 4/15/11
New Sweden Historical Society acquires historic Clase log house. Seeks community support for restoration. full story...
11/1/11--The MSC History and Guidebook (softcover) is currently unavailable to order online, however the entire contents are still available by clicking here.
116 Station Road
PO Box 33
New Sweden, ME, 04762
Carolyn Hildebrand email@example.com
280 Main Street
Stockholm, ME 04783
John & Rosemary Hede
1149 New Sweden Rd.
Woodland, ME 04736
Today, there is very little of the old fashioned farming in Westmanland
(or the colony), but Sven Bondeson and the Margison family do raise organic
potatoes and beef cattle while Steve and Barbara Miller are carrying on
a diversified organic market garden type of operation. Others are pursuing
gardening and tree farm operations, but mostly the town has become a bedroom
community for those working in other towns; a retirement/recreational area
on the shore of Little Madawaska Lake; with a few scattered forme farms
with absentee owners. About the only descendants of the earliest settlers
now left in the town are Tom Hale (from Carl Gustaf Peterson and Emil Johnson),
Ronald Nelson (from Nils Nelson); and perhaps Ernest and Sheldon Akerson
(sons of George Akerson, who in 1941 took over the John Peterson place
after Peter Viberg). Several residences have been built in recent years,
and many camps on the Little Lake Road, with a fine new bridge and town
The second Westmanland schoolhouse is still used for town affairs but no longer as a school; the Westmanland Cemetery across the road continues as the main burial site and is well kept up; and Blackstone Siding is still used for logging and trucking operations even though the railroad is gone. Students are now transported to schools in New Sweden or Caribou by bus, not horse-drawn sleds. Mail service was originally provided from the Nelson Post Office at the Andrew Nelson farm on West Road; later from Jemtland and now Stockholm, with rural delivery beginning about 1908. The 1994 Maine's Swedish Colony Calendar features all of the log buildings from the early days of the Colony, including Westmanland. A summer's drive along Westmanland Road is still a pleasant and picturesque excursion. One may even continue on beyond Blackstone Siding through the woods to gain access to the pre-Civil War Goddard Farm, and eventually end up at Eagle Lake.