Located just a short drive from Brunswick, ME, is the town of Topsham. This area was the first occupied by the Pejepscot Abenaki Indians. Here, they lived and fished making a living for themselves until a plague depleted the tribe. As the Europeans came in, they began expanding the town and soon there were various saw mills, shipbuilding and lumber mills, grits mills, shingle mills and more. Other industries included a door, window sash and stairway factory.
You could also find watch makers, pottery makers, tobacco manufacturers, a nail factory and a pitchfork factory, among others. Water from the Pejepscot Falls was used to operate the mills. Today, electricity is widely used to power a lot of the factories and industries still in the area.