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37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

If you’ve ever avoided losing your lobes to frostbite thanks to a super-stylish pair of earmuffs while eating a donut hole, you’ve got Maine to thank for that.

Kris Norton

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1. The Olde Woolen Mill in North Berwick, Maine is the real Parrish Shoe Factory shown in the movie “Jumanji,” starring the late great Robin Williams.

37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

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2. Maine’s earliest inhabitants are believed to have been descendants of Ice Age hunters.

3. “Breakfast Club” rebel Judd Nelson was born in Portland, Maine.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: The Breakfast Club Facebook

4. In case you had to be told, it is against the law in Maine to step out from a plane while it is in flight.

5. Don’t get too tinsel happy. You can be charged a fine in Maine for leaving your Christmas decorations up after January 14.

6. Kantar announced their estimate for the state’s moose population over the 2013-2014 winter to be in the neighborhood of 76,000.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Maine Office of Tourism Facebook

7. Ninety percent of the country’s toothpick supply is produced in Maine.

8. Perhaps the most popular Maine resident is the master of horror himself, author Stephen King who has sold more than 350,000 copies of his books. He lives in Bangor with his wife Tabitha in a gorgeous downtown house that is closed to the public.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Maine Office of Tourism Facebook

9. Stephen King wrote his first novel “Carrie” while working as a school teacher in Bangor. His novels are famously set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine.

10. Two of Stephen King’s books that were turned into films were shot in Maine: “Graveyard Shift” and “Pet Sematary.”
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Pet Sematary Facebook

11. Maine is also the birthplace of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was born in Portland.

12. In the movie “Forrest Gump,” Forrest makes Marshall Point Lighthouse a stop along his cross-country on-foot voyage.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Maine Office of Tourism Facebook

13. Before going on to bring board games to households across the country, Milton Bradley was a Vienna, Maine boy.

14. Allagash Brewing Company in Portland produces 45,000 barrels of beer each year.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Allagash Brewing Company Facebook

15. With a total area of 33,215 square miles the state covers nearly as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.

17. The Maine Lobster Festival helps bring in nearly $1 million in tourism cash to the state and boasts over 1,000 volunteers that help haul more than 20,000 lobsters that weight 25,000 pounds total.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Maine Lobster Festival Facebook

18. In 1641, York was America’s first chartered city. It then became the nation’s first incorporated city in 1642.

19. Most people know author E.B. White for his beloved children’s story “Charlotte’s Web” and grammar lover’s guide “The Elements Of Style.” But White’s passionate essays about life in his home state of Maine are believed to be some of his best work.

20. Locally referred to as the “Big F Indian,” a 25-foot tall statue of an ritualized Native American adorning the letter F (thought to stand for Freeport) stands in the city of Freeport, towering over everyone for miles.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Flickr user Brian Herzog

21. The residents of Bryant Pond were the last in the country to use hand-cranked phones. In 2008, they honored their last stand by unveiling a 14-foot-tall candlestick phone, thought to be the tallest in the world.

22. Maine is the third biggest producer of pure maple syrup in the country, Vermont being the first and falling just marginally behind New York State.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Maine Office of Tourism Facebook

23. Maine is the mother of snow-inventions, with such claims to fame as the snowplow, an early version of the snowmobile and earmuffs.

25. Maine is the only state that shares a border with only one other state.

24. Eastport is the most eastern city in the country and is believed to be the first place to get graced by the morning sun on American soil.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Eastport, Me. City with a View Facebook

26. Maine is the only American state with a one-syllable name.

27. Almost 90 percent of the country’s lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine by the 4,600 licensed lobstermen – that’s nearly 40 million pounds.

28. Maine is the single largest producer of blueberries in the country, responsible for 99 percent of the crops in the United States. The town of Cherryfield is known for being the blueberry capital of the world.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Flickr user Caleb Slemmons

29. Rockport is known to be the birthplace of the doughnut hole.

30. Maine lobsters have scored international fame for their amazing flavor. In 2006, the licensed lobstermen of the state harvested over 72.5 million pounds of the coveted shellfish.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Flickr user Healy McFabulous

31. The Maine coast runs about 3,500 miles long – that’s more coastline than California.

32. Freeport is home to the L.L. Bean Company. The store is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – a promise that the company takes seriously, as the locks were removed from its doors in 1951.

33. A 16 foot-tall rubber bottom boot stands in front of the L.L. Bean store. Normal sized pairs of their signature-style boots are sold inside. Customers can also find the boot driving around town, referred to as the bootmobile.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: LL Bean Freeport Store Facebook

34. The first Revolutionary War naval battle was fought off Machias in 1775.

35. Aroostook County at 6,453 square miles covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

36. Peak’s Island, Maine is home to a museum dedicated solely to, that’s right, umbrella covers.
37 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maine

Source: Umbrella Cover Museum Facebook

37. Wilton is home to a cannery that imports and cans dandelion greens as their only function.

What’s your favorite fun fact about Maine? Tell us in the comments below!

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posted on: August 11, 2014
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9 Comments

  1. Debra

    Stephen King has sold 350 MILLION books not 350 thousand as #8 incorrectly states.

  2. Greg

    I always thought Lubec, ME was the easternmost city and first to see the sunrise.

  3. Tom

    Maine is also the only state in the U.S. with no deadly venomous spiders.

  4. Mike

    Maine used to be part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and to this day has a terrible “hatred” for Massachusetts, and its inhabitants.

  5. K C

    Percy Spencer, he invented the microwave and he was from Maine

  6. Bridget Williamson

    Gifford’s ice cream!!! In Skowhegan!

  7. Brian

    Ya can’t get there from here

  8. Larry

    What about Poland Spring Water and Toms Toothpaste and deodorant ?

  9. Michele

    King was teaching at Hampden Academy when he wrote Carrie-not Bangor.

 

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