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In 1940 William Partridge Jenkins, grandfather of current day owner Joe Jenkins, purchased the beach from the Peterson family who had opened the it to the public ten years earlier. This photo of Jenkins Beach was taken in the late 50s.


Joe still has a copy of the old train schedule.
Click on it to see larger image.

Jenkins Beach has been in the Jenkins family since William Partridge Jenkins, grandfather of the current owner Joe Jenkins purchased it from the Peterson Family in the early 1940s. The area had been operating a a public beach for over ten years and drew quite a crowd from Bangor as Green Lake was a scheduled stop on the Maine Central Railroad line as late as the 1950s.

After William Jenkins retired, he handed the beach over to his son Ray Jenkins and his wife Pheobe. Ray is gone from the beach now, but Pheobe and their son Joe are carrying on the beach tradition for their own family and the hundreds of families from Maine and from away who visit year after year.


Today Joe Jenkins, owner and operator, along with sister Carole, mother Pheobe, and daughter Julie (not pictured) continue the tradition of the family beach.
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