Not many communities can claim to have been around for a quarter of a millennium, but Ellsworth can. We had to brush up on our Latin for the proper term for this anniversary: this milestone will be celebrated this summer with a weeklong Sestercentennial celebration commencing Saturday, July 20. For the past nine months, a group of business and community leaders has been meeting and planning to assure this 250th anniversary celebration is one that will make the citizens of Ellsworth and the State of Maine justly proud.

Our weeklong celebration will be launched with an opening ceremony at noon on July 20 in front of Ellsworth’s historic City Hall which will include remarks from state and local dignitaries, the unveiling of a Sestercentennial plaque, and cake! Events scheduled for the weeklong celebration include the Rotary Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, a motorcycle ride-in and barbecue, a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours and grand finale fireworks show, to name just a few. Most of these events will be centrally located in a large tent on the Knowlton Park close to downtown Ellsworth. You can find an up-to-date list of celebration events online at and you can follow all the fun on our facebook page.

We anticipate thousands of visitors, both local and tourists, to be in the city for this historic event. We need your help. Won’t you please consider making a tax deductible donation to help us provide the City and its citizens with a truly historic celebration for its 250th birthday? You can mail your donation to the address below, or donate directly on the Ellsworth 250 site through PayPal. Sincerely,

Fred Ehrlenbach
Mark Remick
Co-Chairs Ellsworth 250th Celebration Committee

P.S. It is not too late to be part of the celebration. Please contact Thelma Beal at 667-4664 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn how your business or organization can add an event to the schedule, or to volunteer at an event in July.

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