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Needing land upon which to raise their families, the original settlers of the area known as New Boston petitioned the General Court of Boston for the grant of a township. Although the pioneers were blessed with abundant stands of white pine and oak, Native American raids caused repeated desertions of the buildings and land.
Incorporated as the town of Gray in 1778, the settlement prospered when several mills, including what is said to be the first machine-powered woolen mill in the United States, were erected. Within its boundaries Gray boasts four freshwater bodies and other natural resources that offer residents and visitors many outdoor recreational opportunities. Five major routes pass through the village, which is known as the “Crossroads of Maine.”

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