In 1970, Hartland celebrated the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of its February 7, 1820 Incorporation as a Town.

Hartland Sesquicentennial & Shaver Permit Pins


Hartland Sesquicentennial Pin  (Courtesy of Sam Fuller)


Hartland’s Sesquicentennial Steering Committee spent many, many hours planning the upcoming event led by Chairman Merrill A. Moore.

(L-R) Front Row: Merrill Moore | Marilyn Carr | Arland Stedman | John Plummer | Edgar Woodman

Back Row: Steven McNichol | Wayne Libby | Burton Jones | Keith Tapley | Vaughn Stedman


Numerous events were scheduled throughout town over the weekend of June 26th-28th to mark the landmark anniversary however nature was less than cooperative with an abundance of rainfall over most of the weekend. Many events had to be postponed or canceled, but the citizens of Hartland still managed to hold the Sesquicentennial Parade during a break in the rainfall as well as many of the rescheduled celebration events.

Originally Scheduled Sesquicentennial Program of Events


The Sesquicentennial History of Hartland by Wayne Libby is a masterpiece of research materials compiled together into words and photos. His research is the founding base from which all further research of Hartland’s history has been developed and recorded to this website. We are forever indebted for Wayne’s incredible work and dedication on this project.

Front Cover – Sesquicentennial History of Hartland – 1970


Merrill A. Moore – Sesquicentennial Chairman & Master of Ceremonies


John Plummer ready to lead the Parade


Preparing for the Parade


Sesquicentennial Royalty


Jim’s General Store – St. Albans


Unity Raceway – Unity


W. H. Moore & Son Woodworking – Hartland


John Plummer leads the Parade past Steve’s Gulf & The No Beard Jail


Vi’s Variety Store – Hartland


Hartland Tanning Company – Hartland


Silver Bells (Unknown)


Steeves-McCormack American Legion Post No. 141 – Hartland




Sesquicentennial Royalty


Sesquicentennial Royalty


Sesquicentennial Royalty


Thut’s Express – Bangor




Hartland Baptist Church – Hartland


Piscataquis American Legion – Guilford


Hartland Academy Alumni Association – Hartland


Hartland Grain & Grocery – Hartland


Scott-Webb Memorial Hospital – Hartland




W. H. Moore & Son Woodworking – Hartland


W. H. Moore & Son Woodworking – Hartland


Hartland Public Library – Hartland


Andy Lawrence Rupp Sales – St. Albans


Hartland Tanning Company – Hartland


Big Indian Lake Association – St. Albans


Pine Tree Christmas Club


Period Costumes for the Parade


Elmer & Beatrice Littlefield in period costumes with their son Chris Littlefield in Carriage


Sesquicentennial Royalty – Sesquicentennial Queen Susan Wyman with Julie Crummett


Hartland Sesquicentennial Steering Committee Final Report

January 24, 1971

To the Citizens of Hartland, Maine; by consensus of the 1970 Hartland Sesquicentennial Steering Committee a final meeting was held on this date at 7pm at the Town Hall. Present were Vaughn Stedman, Burton Jones, Leroy Rollins, Wayne Libby, Edgar Woodman, Arland Stedman, Steven McNichol, Richard Nichols, and Merrill Moore.

Final reports indicated that all our advertising sales accounts were settled, all of our bills paid, and an unexpended balance of $601.51 turned over to the town. There is a small amount due us from the State Sesquicentennial Committee as our share of proceeds from our sales of State Sesquicentennial car plates.

All records, films, and other memorabilia pertinent to our celebration, are packed in a special container and stored in the town vault for posterity. There are plenty of history books left for sale. There are also two 16mm narrated documentary color films, one to be kept in the Sesquicentennial vault, and the other kept available from the Town office on request.

Our committee voiced several suggestions for the future benefit of our town. A sustained community cleanup program by some permanent responsible organization. A short local history course provided by our local schools including each town in our school district. A continuing recording of our Town’s history for our next history author, perhaps by our library. A town museum room in our library whenever space is available.

Ours was almost entirely a ‘home talent’ project all the way. Its outstanding success was made possible by the tremendous public spirit and cooperation of our townspeople and friends. Professional observers pronounced it the best they had seen, especially the parade, the antique display, and the history.

This, then, is our ‘swan song’. We thank you for electing us and we hope you are pleased. To posterity and the next steering committee, good luck!

Merrill Moore, Chairman | Burton Jones, Co-Chairman | Arland Stedman, Recording Secretary | Marilyn Carr, Corresponding Secretary | Edgar Woodman, Treasurer | Wayne Libby, Historian | Keith Tapley, Committee Member | Steven McNichol, Committee Member| John Plummer, Committee Member | Vaughn Stedman, Committee Member