You may have noticed this circle of stones on Route 15 in Orrington, but do you know what it is? Or rather, what it used to be? We can tell you!

When Was It Built?

It's called the Orrington Pound and is made entirely of stone, with a rusty but solid iron gate. When the town was first incorporated in 1788, it was all developed as farmland, and those crops were invaluable. The last thing a farmer wanted was for a wayward cow or horse to be tromping through the vegetables!

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So in 1807, the town constructed a livestock circle, also known as the "Orrington Pound."

Orrington Pound
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How Was It Used?

Within this stone circle, farmers would gather to buy and sell livestock. But it was also used much as the dog pound, or animal shelter, is today. If a farmer came across one of those wayward horses or cows and didn't know who it belonged to, they would shut it inside the Orrington Pound. And, if a farmer had lost an animal, it's the first place they'd look.

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What Is It's Function Now?

Today, it's just a cool landmark in a town that was originally supposed to be named "Orangetown," after a city in Maryland. But a misspelling in the act of incorporation meant that it would forever be known as Orrington. My hometown for the past twelve years. Last year, the pound was damaged and had to be repaired. Some local residents worked to restore the pound, making it whole again.

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In addition to the Pound, there are also two stone memorials on the same piece of land.

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The memorial sits next to the entrance to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company which, just recently, went up for auction.

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