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From "Old Orchard and Vicinity" Published in 1906 by L. H. Nelson Co. -
mouth of the Saco River eastward to Prout's Neck stretches a wide ribbon
of sea-beach curving like a mighty long-bow. Sections of this great
sand highway are known by various local titles, but about four miles of
it - where at low tide the hard, find sand is nearly one-quarter of a mile
wide - bears the famous name of Old Orchard - the best-known and
most popular bathing beach in New England."
Orchard Beach was part of the City of Saco until 1882.
"Saco Valley Settlements", by Gideon T. Ridlon, 1895.
"History of Saco and Biddeford" by George Folsom, 1830.
Book of Records of the First Church in Pepperrellborough,
"First Book of Records of the Town of Pepperrellborough, Now the City of Saco" (Marriage intentions and returns for 1796-1832 births and families from roughly the same period, and deaths from 1792-1840)**
"Vital Records of Biddeford, Maine Prior to 1856" Edited by John D. Beatty, 1998. (Records for Saco area families before 1762 and also for families that attended church in Biddeford)
"The Cities on the Saco" by Jacques Downs, 1985
"Sands, Spindles, and Steeples, A History of Saco, Maine" by Roy P. Fairfield, 1956.
**Note: Picton Press recently reprinted these two books in one volume.
Orchard Beach Town Clerk
Old Orchard Beach Historical Society
Libby Memorial Library
My own list of favorite links includes genealogy resources that might be of interest to Old Orchard Beach researchers.
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