Susan Allen Hayes, courtesy Berwick AcademyAfter South Berwick became a separate town in 1814 and Maine became a state six years later, the community saw its population center shift to the location of the village today. Five railroad lines crossed the town, and a variety of merchants, professionals and investors vied for business along the chief transportation corridors, Main and Portland Streets. At the falls of the Great Works and Salmon Falls Rivers, textile manufacturing replaced sawmilling as an economic mainstay.

 Meet some the 19th century people of old Berwick by using the menu on the right.

People of the 19th Century

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