Boothbay
Lincoln County, Maine

a service of
V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
info@vfthomas.com

(updated 21 March 2019)


Thank you for the contributions to this page from the Strout family collection.



During the history of the town of Boothbay, there have been eight post offices.

Briefly, the history of these eight is as follows:
1. Backriver post office operated from 30 December 1897 until 30 April 1907.
2. Boothbay (1) post office was established in November 1802 and was renamed on 27 March 1889 as Booth Bay Harbor post office [in Boothbay Harbor].
3. Haley post office was established on 24 October 1882 and was renamed on 26 March 1902 as West Boothbay Harbor post office [in Boothbay Harbor].
4. Hodgdon’s Mills post office, a private office, was established on 15 June 1831 and was renamed on 22 March 1876 as East Boothbay post office, which is still in operation.
5. Linekin post office operated from 14 October 1880 until 15 March 1929.
6. North Boothbay post office was established on 19 March 1829 and was renamed on 16 February 1891 as Boothbay (2) post office.
7. Ocean Point post office, a summer office, was established on 24 March 1880 and was renamed on 19 May 1967 as Ocean Point Rur. Br. East Boothbay, which closed on 16 Septeber 1976.
8. Trevett post office was established on 11 October 1882 and is still operating. Research is necessary to determined if this post office has been in continual operation since 1882.

Research is needed to determine (1) the history of the post office of a cover bearing a [7 August or 8 July ?] 1876 postmark of Booth Bay and (2) the history of two postal cards bearing 1887 postmarks of Boothbay.


In 1914, there were four post offices in Boothbay: Boothbay (2), East Boothbay, Linekin, and Trevett. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Boothbay include:
Backriver
Boothbay (1)
Boothbay (2)
East Boothbay
Haley
Hodgdon’s Mills
Linekin
North Boothbay
Ocean Point
Ocean Point Rur. Br. East Boothbay
Trevett



Boothbay (1)


1802 November:
   Boothbay (1) post office established as Booth Bay post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1876 August 5: [year determined from reverse]
   The circular postmark is 28–29 mm in diameter.
      
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1887 March 24: [year determined from reverse]
   The circular postmark is approximately 26 mm in diameter.
      
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1887 November 28: [year determined from reverse]
   The circular postmark is approximately 27 mm in diameter.
      
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1889 March 27:
   Boothbay (1) post office renamed as Booth Bay Harbor post office (in Boothbay Harbor). (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)


Boothbay (2)


1891 February 16:
   The former North Boothbay post office was renamed as Boothbay (2) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

2017 May 21:
   Boothbay post office.
      
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today:
   Boothbay post office is still in operation.



East Boothbay


1876 March 22:
   The former Hodgdon Mill’s post office was renamed as East Boothbay post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1883 July 2:
   The circular postmark is approximately 26 mm in diameter.
      
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1898 July 11:
   The circular postmark is 27–28 mm in diameter.
      
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1899 August 6:
   The circular postmark is approximately 27 mm in diameter.
      
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1933 May 16:
   The circular postmark is 22–23 mm in diameter.
      
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1991 September 21:
   The circular postmark is 31–32 mm in diameter.
      
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today:
   East Boothbay post office is still in operation.



Trevett


1882 October 11:
   Trevett post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

2017 May 21:
   Trevett post office
         
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today:
   Trevett post office is still in operation.