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Manchester photo credit to Nick Avery©Nick AveryManchester was settled in 1775 and was incorporated as the town of Kennebec in 1850. The town’s name was changed to Manchester in 1854.

The central part of town was first known as Hallowell Cross Roads, Manchester Cross Roads, Manchester Forks, and finally simply The Forks, a fitting name as seven roads meet here: Winthrop, Pond, Kerns Hill, Hallowell, Augusta, Puddledock and Readfield Roads.

The southern part of town borders Cobbosseecontee Lake and is a popular recreation spot in Central Maine. Cobbosseecontee Lake, or simply Cobbossee, is known for its coves, inlets, and over two dozen islands. It also has the only active inland waters lighthouse in Maine, Ladies Delight Light, which is located in the bordering town of Winthrop.


  • Population: 2,580
  • Manchester was named after a town in Massachusetts.
  • The town was mostly an agricultural community during the 19th century and was noted for its apple orchards, some of which remain today.

Town of Manchester
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