Embden is a town in Somerset County, incorporated on June 22, 1804 from the unorganized township of T1 R2.
Embden was also known as Emden, Queenstown, and Windsor. The latter two names apparently reflected the loyalist sympathies of the early settlers. According to one account, the settlers’ petition to form a town suggested the name Windsor, though it was stricken from the proposal and replaced with Emden. The b was added in the early town records and became the accepted form.
Embden Pond, in the shadow of Dunbar Hill, dominates the northwest portion of the town.
Indian & Fowl Meadow Islands, nature preserves in the upper Kennebec, are flooded regularly, giving them distinctive flora including lush ferns and wildflowers in the spring. Migrant waterfowl rest here near evidence of old logging drives.