Chesuncook Village, Maine
Chesuncook Village  Association, Chesuncook Village, Maine

Chesuncook Village, Maine
Chesuncook village, Maine
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West Branch of the Penobscot River
Public boat launch
Smith Rock
Picnic site
A Birds Eye View of Chesuncook
Cesuncook Village, Maine
Come Visit Us! Chesuncook Map  From Greenville or Millinocket, follow the
Golden road to mile mark 50 and take a right onto Pine Stream road which leads into the Village (around 14 miles).
Just follow the road or use your GPS. There are several  public boat landings/launch sites as well as picnic sites with
great views of Mt Katahdin within the Village to which you can drive. If you've forgotten anything or would like to
rent a boat or canoe, have a meal, snacks, home made sodas and root beer floats, then do stop in at the Lake House
and Store! Or just stop in to see this
HISTORIC 1864 Inn.     Please call ahead for dinner reservations, as a heads up.
~ Chesuncook Lake ~

June 1, 2014
Was published by the
Social Service Division's
"Spruce Woods
Department" of the Great
Northern Paper Company
or GNPCO. It debuted
April, 1921 as a  magazine
within the logging
industry of the North
Maine Woods and ran
until October, 1928. The
monthly publications were
dedicated as "A Magazine
of contact between the
management and the

Chesuncook Village, Maine

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Chesuncook Village, Maine
C  V  H  P  A
Chesuncook Farm
What's in a Name?
Caucomgomoc Mt
Allagash Mt
Brandy Pond
Visit our fully stocked Store! We're located
by the cove in the heart of Chesuncook.
Since 1864
C  H  E  S  U  N  C  O  O  K
Village Store at the Lake House
The Chesuncook Lake House
also celebrates it's 150th
anniversary this Summer.
Known as the 'Chesuncook
House' when built in 1864
it has been catering to Loggers,
Sports & Vacationers
ever since.

Stop in for a visit!
Welcome to Chesuncook Village, Maine!   Population: 6
We're a remote settlement living off grid within the unorganized township T5R13 in Maine's North Woods
This is the heart of Maine's logging country and we're it's "downtown". The '
Suncooker is a non-profit
publication sharing the unique character of Chesuncook Village's past & present.
We're hosted & published in Chesuncook Village, Maine.

Brought to you
by the Chesuncook
Village Historical
Chesuncook Village, Maine
We're open for Summer!
Join us on Villagefacebook for all current info!
Back in the
The New Bedford Camp or affectionately known as "Camp
Lug" is shown here in the early 1950's when the club
purchased it for their growing needs. The lineage to New
Bedford, MA goes back to the mid-late 1800's when
'Sports' from that city came to Chesuncook for it's fishing
& hunting. It's descendants continue the tradition today.
When New Bedford was the Whaling Capital, the masts for
it's whaling ships came from these North Woods which in
turn were fitted into the ships constructed in the nearby
towns of Fairhaven and Mattapoisett, MA. This building is
one of the few original housing structures remaining from
the early logging days of Chesuncook. At one time it was
used as the Village Store by the Great Northen Paper
Company when the Lake House needed more space.          
Photo courtesy of the New Bedford Camp
May is Thoreau month in Chesuncook: Henry David Thoreau's 150th anniversary of
the 1864 publishing of 'The Maine Woods'.
See Maine Woods Discovery current info below .
The 'Suncooker  The Chesuncook Village Home Website
5.21.14 ~ THIS WEEK CHESUNCOOK was visited by the Canoe Tour hosted by MAINE WOODS
DISCOVERY commemorating the 150th anniversary of Thoreau's "THE MAINE WOODS'. The 16 day trip
following the treks of Thoreau during the 1850's is comprised of guides, scholars and members of the Penobscot
Nation. A CBS Television Sunday Morning film crew, guests at the Lake House also spent time in Chesuncook to
film and get a lay of the land: "A huge thanks to the Chesuncook Lake House for all their help". For more current
info see Maine Woods Discovery Facebook.
Henry David Thoreau visited Chesuncook in the summer of 1853 while on a trek through 'the Maine North
Woods" which became the title for his book. Click on his photo to read the chapter titled 'Chesuncook".
Chesuncook? What does it mean?.....The Goose Place??
Abenaki, an Alonquian language is the origin language of the word Chesuncook. The Abenaki people are believed to
have inhabited modern day eastern Maine to southern Quebec for perhaps the last 11,000 years.
Chesunk = 'Goose',  Auke (ook) = 'Place'.

Chesunk or Schunk being the sound made by a wild goose. 'Chesuncook' was named by Abenaki people long ago for
the seasonal gathering of geese at the lake, not a reference to any land settlement. The 'village' was named after
the lake by Americans who settle here in the logging business during the early 1800's. Wild geese still pass through
in Spring and Autumn, not in Summer or Winter. As the narrow lake is about 18 miles long, which end of the lake
the name originally referred to is anyone's guess. Prior to the construction of Chesuncook dam the lake was more
of a wide river. As the Abenaki language varied depending on regions so did some of the meanings of the words
Another explanation from Henry David Thoreau's 'The Maine Woods', the Chapter titled 'Chesuncook' offers
another explanation. In reference to a discussion while among Abenaki people, Thoreau quoted: "They never
analyzed these words before. After long deliberation and repeating of the word, for it gave them much trouble,
Tahmut (an Abenaki) said that Chesuncook meant a place where many streams emptied in (?), and he enumerated
them, Penobscot, Umbazookskus, Cusabesex, Red Brook, Caucomgomoc,-" Again the reference is made to the
waters, not the land. There are more where these came from.....
Come on up by boat, plane or car and enjoy Summer in Chesuncook Village. The road driving in from the
Golden Road is Pine Stream Road, located half way between mile marker 50 & 51 on the Golden Road.
Follow the signs for the Chesuncook Lake House. Chesuncook Village is located 14 miles in from the
Golden Road. These are directions if your coming from Greenville or Millinocket, Maine.