History

History of Sebec Lake

The history of Sebec Lake Maine begins with the Native American tribes who inhabited the area before the arrival of the Europeans. This is evidenced by the discovery of artifacts found from the time when they were here such as tools made of stone and arrowheads.

When the European settlers discovered the lake in the 1850s, it quickly became a popular place. Residents from Dover-Foxcroft would get on the stage and spend a lazy afternoon enjoying the coolness of the forest and trees. In the 1860s, the lake added one more activity for enjoyment which was boat riding.

By the time the 1900s came around, there were people who wanted extended or year-round stays at the lake thus cottages began appearing. Also among the attractions of the lake were sawmills that operated from the 1800s until the mid-1900s. In 1964, a cove at the southern part of the lake was designated as Peaks-Kenny State Park. Today, you can find over 900 residences, seasonal and year-round, situated around the lake.