Press Release

Place:          June 1st, 2022 at The Commons

Speaker:     Bill Geller

Topic:         The 1825 Fire

“The Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society will be meeting on Wednesday, June 1 at Central Hall at 7 pm.  Speaking will be researcher and writer Bill Geller of Farmington, Maine.  He is the only person to have written about the 1825 fire, which burned 832,000 acres across 53 Maine townships including Foxcroft.  In his talk he’ll give an overview of the fire and explore how this fire shaped the future lives of many in the Piscataquis River valley.  His book’s title is “832,000 Acres: Maine’s 1825 Fire & Its Logging Aftermath”.  The book is available in the town libraries and schools of the Piscataquis River valley.

His other books include: “Maine Sporting Camp History on the Piscataquis River Tributaries”, “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps”, “West of Chesuncook & North of Moosehead: Log Drives and Sporting Camps”, 1830-1971”.  All of his books, including this one on the fire and his Maine papers are available as a free download through Raymond Fogler Library Special Collections Digital Commons website under Geller, William W.  You can join over 13,000 others who have enjoyed a download.

All are welcome to attend our meeting.”

100 Year Celebration


Dover and Foxcroft
Were United on
March 2nd. 1922

Joining the towns was a lengthy process

  • It took five years of meetings to unite the two towns of Dover and Foxcroft.

–In 1916 the vote was too small to count

–In 1917 Foxcroft yes (180) Dover no (75)

–In 1918 vote was no 135-56

–In 1919 and 1920 Article was postponed

–1921 was the last time the matter could be voted on per Maine legislation

–Women were allowed to vote in 1921 and record numbers of citizens were present at the meeting

Yes votes were 376 and no 249

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Chris Maas, Membership Secretary
874 West Main St.
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426

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