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News

 

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 Links:

New Sweden Cemetery Association Facebook Page

 

New Sweden First Baptist Church

 

Get involved. Join one of the Historical Societies of the Maine Swedish Colony (download form)

New Sweden
Historical Society

116 Station Road

PO Box 33
New Sweden, ME, 04762

207-896-5200

Carolyn Hildebrand nshs@maineswedishcolony.info

207-896-3052

Download Membership Form

Stockholm
Historical Society

280 Main Street
Stockholm, ME 04783

John & Rosemary Hede

jhede@ainop.com

Woodland
Historical Society

1149 New Sweden Rd.
Woodland, ME 04736

 

 

History and Guide

 

Westmanland today


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 road maintenance.
Westmanland School

The Westmanland Town Hall (2001).

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.

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