The year 1875 in Camden proved to be momentous. The winter was one of the severest on record. Penobscot Bay froze over. And Camden National Bank was organized and chartered as a national bank, its first banking room located in the very building where the bank’s main office stands today at the corner of Elm and Chestnut streets.

The original board of directors reads like a who’s who of well-known Camden street names and landmarks: president of the bank Henry Knight was joined by Jesse F. Hosmer, Benjamin C. Adams, George L. Follansbee, Horatio E. Alden, Harvey H. Cleveland and Deplura H. Bisbee.

On Camden National’s 50th birthday in 1925, the bank’s dedication to its customers and community was emphasized in a statement which read, “Homes mean happy families. Think of the number of them in Camden! It is our pleasure and privilege to list a great many of these as depositors. And of equal or greater importance, has been our mission of helping to finance and develop the industries of Camden through sound counsel and loans, extended to small and large businesses alike.”

That same dedication and commitment to customer and community rings true today, but on a much larger scale, according to Camden National Bank’President and Chief Executive Officer Gregory A. Dufour, who said, “We’re proud of the fact that we serve over 67,000 Maine households, provide jobs to 425 Maine citizens, serve 34 communities, and provide philanthropic support to countless community-based organizations. Additionally, our investment in the state exceeds $38.5 million per year, providing a significant contribution to our economy.”

In celebration of its history and proud standing as a Maine-based community bank, Camden National Bank will host a birthday party Friday, Dec. 3, at its main office in Camden. Held in conjunction with Christmas by the Sea festivities, the community is invited to join the bank in this all-day celebration, complete with refreshments and an historic display of old photographs of Camden. Dufour will make brief comments in the main office at 7 p.m., followed by the Big Brothers Big Sisters “Bids for Kids” Wreath Auction at 7:15 p.m. All are invited to attend.