The land now included in the Town of Standish was originally part of the area hunted and occupied from time to time by the Sokokis Tribe of the Abenaki Indians.
Moses Pearson commanded a company in the first siege of Louisburg and its capture, during the King George's War. Humphrey Hobbs commanded a company of Indian fighters defending New Hampshire from French and Indian raids. Upon return from those expeditions the two captains in 1748 petitioned the General Court of the Provence of Massachusetts Bay for grants of land to establish a township somewhere in the County of York; and in 1750 the right to settle 22,640 acres was granted to the 120 men who had served in the two companies. The new township was called Pearson and Hobbs Town. Hobbs died of smallpox at Ft. William Henry during the last of the Indian wars and none of his men ever settled on the land.
In May 1752 the Proprietors met and began the process of surveying and mapping the First Division of the land into 30-acre lots. Settlement began slowly and many of the ex-soldiers sold their rights for whatever cash they could get. Four roads were laid out which crossed at what is now Standish Comer. These four roads were each 8 rods wide (132 feet) Northwest Rd. (Oak Hill Rd.), Northeast Rd. (Sebago Lake), Southeast Rd. (Gorham) and Southwest Rd. (Buxton).
175 Northeast Road [Rte 35]
Standish, ME 04084