HISTORY OF The PLANTATION

The Forks

Posted on theforksplt.org

The Somerset Railroad was built to serve Kennebec River communities and later extended through timberlands to a large wooden Victorian era destination hotel on Moosehead Lake. However, Mount Kineo was not the only destination sought by passengers on the Old Somerset Railroad. Many prominent figures of the time, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Henry David Thoreau, ventured to Maine’s Somerset County in search of wilderness. Lake Moxie Station became the jumping off point for sporting camps and remote destinations north along the current U.S. Route 201 all the way up to The Forks, Lake Parlin, and Upper Enchanted Township.

West Side Is The Best Side

West Forks

West Forks, a plantation in Somerset County, was fully organized March 31, 1893, though it had been organized for election purposes in 1859.  It is north of The Forks Plantation.

West Forks lies north of the Dead River and west of the Kennebec just above where the two rivers combine at The Forks.

The Kennebec River forms the plantation’s eastern boundary. The turbulent and dangerous 10-mile Kennebec River Gorge, is accessible only by experienced whitewater rafters.

The heavily forested area with a small and dwindling population is bisected by U.S. Route 201 on its way north to Jackman, then to the Province of Quebec.