A charming white fence in Steuben, Maine

Steuben, Maine

Steuben, Maine is a small fishing village located east of Gouldsboro on Coastal US Route One at the beginning of Washington County in what is referred to as Downeast Maine. First settled in 1760, it became incorporated on February 27, 1795 and was named after a German soldier named Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben who aided the Colonies during the Revolutionary War that led to their independence from Britain and the formation of the United States of America. At that time, what is now Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Steuben GPS: 44.513016, -67.967473

The town center consists of a church, a library, and a grammar school. Quiet is the norm and most people drive to either Milbridge to the East or Ellsworth to the West for their shopping. The main thoroughfare in this part of the State is Coastal US Route One. For necessities, there is a local small convenience store. Steuben's year 2000 population was 1,126. There was a very slight up-tick in population to 1,131 noted in the 2010 census. The town encompasses 43 square miles (111.37 square kilometers). Much of the land is coastal.

Winter Harbor is about 11.4 miles to the southwest and is the main host city for Acadia National Park on the mainland. The entrance to the Park on the Schoodic Peninsula is about 17 miles away. The quickest way to get there from Steuben is Route 186 through Prospect Harbor in Gouldsboro.

Origin of Downeast Maine Lobster

Location map of Steuben, Maine


  • Police Department: Emergencies: Dial 911
  • United States Post Office: 800-275-8777
    18 Morgan Parritt Road
    GPS: 44.511589, -67.966192
  • Henry D. Moore Library (207) 546-7301
    22 Village Road, Steuben, ME 04680
  • Ella Lewis School: (207) 546-2430
    15 Old Village Road
    Steuben, ME 04680
    GPS: 44.511297, -67.961327

Entering Washington County from the West

Greg A. Hartford, photographer, author, publisherFor a few years, I traveled throughout Maine for a sales and service company. One gets to appreciate the size of a State when a lot of driving has to be done. With the many inlets and peninsula‚Äôs, it very quickly becomes apparent what is meant by the classic Downeast expression that you “Cannot get there from here.” I went to the Down East Washington County area for a couple months each year and saw the impact that having so many industries move or close have had. Still, I can say that I met many great quality people. Families and communities are important and they work together. Here is a tip: If you have eaten Maine Lobster, but have never tried the crab, you do not know what you are missing. Find a lobster-man and ask who has the freshest crab-meat. The locals always know where the best source is.