Hampden is steeped in rich history. The cannon mounted by the fire station recalls the 1814 Battle of Hampden, While in the Old Burying Ground, you will find graves markers dating back to the late 18th century. Former Vice President of the United States to Abraham Lincoln, Hannibal Hamlin, was a Hampden resident.
Hampden is located five miles south -southwest of Bangor, with both Route 1A and Route 9 linking Hampden to may outlying communities. Throughout the area, you will find rolling countryside, dotted by farms, fields and woods.
Incorporated February 24, 1794. The town of Hampden was settled in 1774 by Benjamin Wheeler after his foray up the Penobscot River to the site where the river meets the Souadabscook Stream. The Souadabscook Stream provided water power for numerous mill operations and became the hub around which the town was developed. While originally named Wheelersborough, the name was changed at the town's incorporation in 1794 to Hampden in honor of the English patriot John Hampden. Many of the earlier settlers' homes still stand. A small concentration of these are protected in the Upper Corner Historic District.
Town of Hampden website: www.hampdenmaine.com