Thornton Oaks' History
The Thorntons were settlers of Brunswick,
c. 1717 and Thornton Oaks is an eponymous
tribute to Matthew Thornton, the final
signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The first homes built at Thornton
Oaks were sold in 1990. The community
was completed in 1994 with the opening
of the Matthew Terrace apartment building.
An affiliate of Mid Coast–Parkview Health,
Thornton Oaks is a homeowners cooperative
with approximately 200 residents.
The town of Brunswick, settled in
1628, is rich in American history.
Mansions built in the Federal, Greek
revival and Italianate styles line
historic Maine Street, where the landmark
First Parish Church presides at the
head of the town mall.
Bowdoin College, founded in 1794,
boasts many illustrious alumni, among
them Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathanial
Hawthorne and General Joshua Chamberlain,
who also served as the college’s
president. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote
Uncle Tom’s Cabin in
a house on Federal Street while her
husband, Calvin Stowe, taught at Bowdoin.
More recent graduates include Maine
statesmen, George Mitchell and William