Local Towns

town of Pownal, Maine

Originally the northwest portion of Freeport, it was first settled in 1680. The town was set off and incorporated by the Massachusetts General Court on March 3, 1808, named in honor of former Governor Thomas Pownall, who had died three years before. It swapped land with the town of North Yarmouth in 1813 and 1816. With an undulating surface of generally productive soil, agriculture became the principal occupation. By 1859, when the population was 1,074, other industries included a gristmill and a carriage factory.

Pownal was chosen by author Stephen King as the hometown of schoolteacher Johnny Smith, protagonist of the 1979 novel The Dead Zone. King grew up in neighboring Durham.


Town Hall
429 Hallowell Road
Pownal, ME 04069

Population 1,630
Latitude 43.90006326
Longitude -70.2369962

RSU #5

Parks & Recreation
Bradbury mountain State Park

Community Facilities
Pownal Public Library

Hospitals/Clinic/Public Health
Mercy Hospital
Maine Medical Center

Center for Wildlife Health Research, 24 Goss Road, Pownal