NEW PORTLAND TOWN OFFICE

Phone: (207) 628-4441
Fax: (207) 628-4440
Mailing Address:
901 River Rd. New Portland, ME. 04961

Town Manager: Stacie Rundlett, Ext. 1

Mondays-Wednesdays 11am - 5pm
Thursdays- 2 pm to 7 pm
1st Saturday of each month 8 am to 12 noon (except holiday weekends)

Town Clerk: Alicia Wills, Ext. 2

Mondays 2-5
Thursdays 4-7
and 1st Saturday of each month 8 am to 11 am unless it’s a holiday weekend.

CEO: Robert Dunphy, Ext. 5

First and third Tuesday 1-3pm

Assessor's Agent: Terriann Lamontagne, Ext. 3

By appointment only until further notice.

Animal Control Officer:
Lori Agren, 628-2919

Fire Department: Chief Kip Poulin, Ext. 4

TRANSFER STATION

Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 7:30-4:30
Friday 12:30-4:30
WINTER HOURS
*CLOSED FRIDAYS FROM NOVEMBER 15TH - APRIL 15TH*

NEW PORTLAND COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Phone: 628-6561
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 4-6
Saturday 10-12

History

New Portland is a town in Somerset County, Maine, United States. The town of New Portland was given to the residents of Falmouth (now Portland, Maine) by the Massachusetts legislature to repay them for their loss when the British fleet burned Falmouth in 1775. Land in East New Portland was first settled by Revolutionary War veterans in 1783. Other families followed, and the Town of New Portland was incorporated in 1808 as a part of Massachusetts .

Despite famines, trouble with wild animals and other hardships, the town prospered until the lure of free western land and the advent of the automobile changed our many prosperous farms to woodland once again. Now numbering some 750 people, residents of our three villages look toward the future with faith and confidence.

Entrance to Wire Bridge, New Portland

The Wire Bridge spanning the Carrabassett River in New Portland is a unique structure, the only survivor of four such bridges built in Maine in the 1800′s and probably the only such bridge still standing in the US. The actual facts of its origin have frequently been misquoted. However, available records indicate the building of the bridge began in 1864 and was completed in 1866. Two men, David Elder and Captain Charles B. Clark, were responsible for the bridge design and construction.

The towers are constructed of timber framing and covered with boards protected by cedar shingles. In 1959 the 99th Maine Legislature enacted legislation for the preservation of this bridge. The bridge was renovated in 1961, when the tower bases were capped with concrete, the towers were rebuilt, steel suspender rods were replaced by steel cables, and a new timber deck was installed. The bridge was renovated again in 2009-2010 with work to outside of the steel cables. The tower framing timbers and main support cables are the original material. The span between towers is 198 feet.

Main Street Views, West New Portland

The Island, West New Portland

Main Street, West New Portland

Covered Bridge, East New Portland

New Bridge, East New Portland

Main Street, North New Portland

Bridge, North New Portland

Foss, Roland E., A history of the New Portlands in Maine Farmington, Maine. The Knowlton & McLeary Co., 1977