The Union Area Chamber of Commerce is more than 100 members strong. Founded in 1952, our mission is to form a solid bond between members, to increase consumers' awareness of the businesses in our Chamber area and to contribute to our communities. Our organization provides opportunities for our businesses to participate in joint marketing efforts, business networking and in sponsoring and supporting local community events.
Information on both the products and services offered by our chamber members as well as community information from each area town can be found on this website. Click here to see our Map & Guide of the Inland Midcoast (pdf file).
We invite you to explore our unique surroundings and sample some of the many products and services our local businesses have to offer. Our membership is diverse enough to support the many needs of our communities as well as our visitors.
The towns and villages that make up our membership area are located in Maine's scenic inland midcoast area. Rolling green fields and a backdrop of purple hills are dotted with working farms – a reminder and continuance of our agricultural heritage. Traveling along meandering roads you will see blueberry fields, apple orchards, sparkling lakes and ponds tucked into the forest. Both the Medomak and St. George, two pristine rivers, flow through our area as they rush toward the sea.
The towns within our membership area are prime examples of classic rural northern New England village settings with historically significant homes and small businesses clustered within a picturesque village center or on a town green. The towns of Appleton, Union, Waldoboro, Warren and Washington were established prior to the American Revolution and Hope was established shortly afterwards.
Appleton is located in the northern hills of Knox county- first known as "McLain's Mills" for lumber mills located on the St. George's River.
Hope was originally settled in the 1780's. In 1785, Charles Barrett's land dealings with the Proprietors from Boston lead to the surveying of Hope into established lots.
Union was settled in 1774 as Taylortown and later called Sterlingtown until its incorporation in 1786, uniting the villages that lie north, east and south with the central settlement around the Common in a spirit of harmonious "Union".
Waldoboro, located on the Medomak River, was also part of the Waldo Patent purchased about 1720 by General Samuel Waldo of Boston. First called Broad Bay, the village was settled between 1733-1740.
Warren was originally part of the Waldo Patent and first settled by Europeans in 1736 under the auspices of General Samuel Waldo. It was originally called the Upper Town of St. Georges Plantation.
Washington was settled in 1775 and incorporated in 1811 then known as Putnam named after Isreal Putnam, who was a minuteman and leader during the Revolutionary War.
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