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Lovell, Maine
Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library
Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library
Lovell, Maine is located in Maine
Lovell, Maine
Lovell, Maine
Location within the state of Maine
Coordinates: 44°11′9″N 70°53′33″W / 44.18583°N 70.89250°W / 44.18583; -70.89250
CountryUnited States
 • Total47.89 sq mi (124.03 km2)
 • Land43.15 sq mi (111.76 km2)
 • Water4.74 sq mi (12.28 km2)
463 ft (141 m)
 • Total1,140
 • Estimate 
 • Density26.4/sq mi (10.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)207
FIPS code23-41365
GNIS feature ID0582568

Lovell is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,140 at the 2010 census. Lovell is the site of Kezar Lake, a resort area.


Main Street in 1907
Main Street in 1907

In 1774, the Massachusetts General Court granted New Suncook Plantation to the officers and soldiers (or their heirs) who fought on May 8, 1725 during Father Rale's War against the Sokokis Abenaki Indians at Pequawket (now Fryeburg). First settled in 1777, the community had 85 inhabitants by 1790. New Suncook Plantation would be incorporated as a town on November 15, 1800, renamed after Captain John Lovewell, the fallen expedition leader.[4]

The Kezar River provided water power for industry. In the 19th century, mills produced spools, long lumber, shooks, axe handles, ox goads, carriages, sleighs, harness, cabinet work and coffins, and boots and shoes. Good soil helped farms prosper. Following the Civil War, the Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad connected to Fryeburg, and tourists discovered the beauty of Kezar Lake. Inns and hotels opened, and the town remains a summer resort.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 47.89 square miles (124.03 km2), of which, 43.15 square miles (111.76 km2) of it is land and 4.74 square miles (12.28 km2) is water.[1] Lovell is drained by the Kezar River, a tributary of the Saco River. Kezar Lake is a significant lake within the town.

Lovell is crossed by State Route 5. It borders the towns of Stoneham to the north, Waterford to the east, Sweden to the southeast, Fryeburg to the southwest, and Stow to the west.

Kezar Lake

Kezar Lake
Pier & Beach at Farrington's, Center Lovell, ME.jpg
Pier and beach at Farrington's Hotel in c. 1920
Kezar Lake is located in Maine
Kezar Lake
Kezar Lake
LocationOxford County, Maine
Coordinates44°11′N 70°54′W / 44.183°N 70.900°W / 44.183; -70.900[6]
Primary inflowsGreat Brook[7]
Mill Brook[8]
Primary outflowsKezar Outlet[7]
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length7 mi (11 km)[7]
Max. width1 mi (1.6 km)[7]
Surface area2,665 acres (1,078 ha)[9]
Max. depth155 feet (47 m)[8]
Water volume87,835 acre⋅ft (108,343,000 m3)[9]
Surface elevation377 ft (115 m)[6]

Kezar Lake has good habitat for smallmouth bass, white perch, chain pickerel, rainbow smelt, lake trout, and land-locked Atlantic salmon. There is a public boat launch area at the north end of the lake in North Lovell, and another at the narrows south of Center Lovell.[8]


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Lovell has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[10]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2014 (est.)1,134[11]−0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,140 people, 477 households, and 339 families living in the town. The population density was 26.4 inhabitants per square mile (10.2/km2). There were 1,227 housing units at an average density of 28.4 per square mile (11.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.4% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 477 households, of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.9% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the town was 49.8 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 15.6% were from 25 to 44; 38.3% were from 45 to 64; and 19.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

2000 census

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 974 people, 393 households, and 275 families living in the town. The population density was 22.6 people per square mile (8.7/km2). There were 1,218 housing units at an average density of 28.2 per square mile (10.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.97% White, 0.10% African American, 0.21% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

There were 393 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,365, and the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $22,279 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,089. About 8.7% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Sites of interest

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  4. ^ Coolidge, Austin J.; John B. Mansfield (1859). A History and Description of New England. Boston, Massachusetts. pp. 198–199.
  5. ^ "George J. Varney, "History of Lovell, Maine" (1886)". Retrieved 2008-03-29.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kezar Lake
  7. ^ a b c d The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer (Thirteenth ed.). Freeport, Maine: DeLorme Mapping Company. 1988. p. 10. ISBN 0-89933-035-5.
  8. ^ a b c "Kezar Lake" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game. State of Maine. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  9. ^ a b Maine Depts. of Environmental Protection and Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (2005-08-04). "Maine Lakes: Morphometry and Geographic Information". Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, The University of Maine. Archived from the original on 3 September 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Lovell, Maine
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. ^ 'Death of Hon. Moses Kilgore,' Sturgeon Bay Republican, October 16, 1890, pg. 1

Further reading

  • Pauline W. Moore, Blueberries and Pusley Weed - The Story of Lovell, Maine, 2002, Conway Lithograph, Inc., Albany, New Hampshire
  • Robert C. Williams, Lovewell's Town - From Howling Wilderness to Vacationland in Trust, 2007, Just Write Books, Topsham, Maine
  • Prominently featured in Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series
  • Wright, Virginia M., "Endless Summer: The lake is ever ready, the pace is undemanding, and one day folds softly into the next. This is Kezar." Down East magazine (July 2016).

External links

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