Town Information

The Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce proudly serves the following communities in central Maine:


Abbot Village

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Population: 630
Public School: MSAD #4

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Abbot calls itself Maine’s number #1 town. This small village is home to several stores displaying handmade products, as well as a bakery and ice cream store. The Don Gourley Memorial Playground, adjacent to the town hall on Rt. 15, offers picnic tables and a gazebo in addition to playground equipment for children of all ages.

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Atkinson

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Population: 320
Public School: MSAD #41

Website: atkinson.trcmaine.org

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Generations of outdoor enthusiasts have traveled to Atkinson to hunt, fish or just enjoy the Maine woods. Acres of open farmland make this a scenic drive. Nearly Half of Atkinson 25,000 acres are protected by private conservation easements or state wildlife management areas.

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Blanchard Township

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Population: 48
Public School: MSAD #4

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Although officially unorganized in 1984, Blanchard retains a year-round population and a friendly spirit. Local attractions include the original 19th century town office, faithfully maintained by the Blanchard Preservation Society; Breakneck Ridge Farm, offering farm-raised bison and locally-produced maple syrup; a small, attractive waterfall on Gully Brook; and Horseshoe Canyon, an exceptionally attractive one-mile section of pools and cascades on the West Branch of the Piscataquis River, reached via an easy two hour hike on the Appalachian Trail.

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Bowerbank

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Population: 96
Public School: Tuition Program

Website: bowerbank.trcmaine.org

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Bowerbank is nestled along the shores of Sebec Lake and is home to many of our summer visitors, who enjoy spending time at their cottages.

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Brownville

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Population: 1,200
Public School: MSAD #41

Website: www.brownville.org

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Brownville was once a hub of railroad activity. Railroad buffs will definitely want to visit the Brownville Historical Society. The visitor-friendly municipal office is just north of town along Route 11. Brownville has a playground on Church Street. Just beyond that is the entrance to the Pleasant River Walk. This scenic 3.2 mile trail winds along the bank of Pleasant River from Brownville to Brownville Junction.

Brownville is the perfect spot to take a stretch break, gas up and re-supply before heading out for outdoor adventure. There are several dining options -- take out, small diners, and restaurants with unique local ambiance. Lodging options include campgrounds, cabins, lodges and sporting camps. In season, visitors will even find drive-in movies and outdoor concerts on the evening agenda.

Just a short drive away, visitors can explore a Demonstration Forest. This 180-acre site was once two historic homesteads and now offers miles of hiking trails complete with interpretive forestry displays and unique geographical features. Visit www.piscataquisswcd.org for details.

A bout five miles north of Brownville Junction off Route 11, a left-hand turn leads to the remains of an 1843 blast furnace and charcoal kiln at Katahdin Iron Works. Beyond KIW is Gulf Hagas, one of the most majestic hiking destinations in Maine. Visit www.northmainewoods.org/ki-jo/know.html for information. About halfway between Brownville Junction and Millinocket off Route 11 is the Seboeis Bureau of Parks and Lands Unit. The mountain vistas make this a popular destination for anglers, campers and wildlife watchers.

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Dexter

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Population: 3,890
Public School: MSAD #46

Website: www.dextermaine.org

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Dexter, located on shore of Lake Wassookeag in neighboring southern Penobscot County, has a surplus of things to do. There is a public library, the Gristmill Historical Museum, a public boat launch and public beach, tennis courts, a playground and an ice rink in the winter. More outdoor activities include golf, the Ellms Field Walking Trail, and horseback riding. Dexter is also a major shopping destination for the region. Located at the "45th parallel" in the center of the state, Dexter is an ideal base from which to take day trips into Maine’s mountainous or coastal regions.

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Dover-Foxcroft

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Population: 4,200
Public School: MSAD #68 (K-8th), Foxcroft Academy (9th-12th)

Website: www.dover-foxcroft.org

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Dover-Foxcroft is the Shiretown of Piscataquis County, a town so steeped in history that it was one of only two in the state to receive the "Preserve America" designation in 2007. Historic Central Hall, current home of the municipal offices; the flatiron Piscataquis Observer Building where the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society makes its home; the four-story brick bank building; the Blacksmith Shop Museum – there’s so much to see! It’s a good thing that, as Down East magazine once noted, Dover-Foxcroft is one of the state’s most "walkable" communities. Good sidewalks, stately homes and towering old trees make it worthwhile to slip into some comfortable shoes and hit the streets.

There is no shortage of great places to eat, interesting shops and small bed and breakfast establishments and motels in the Dover-Foxcroft area. Campers, as well as day visitors, won’t want to miss out on Peaks-Kenny State Park. This park offers a beach/day use area on the shores of Sebec Lake, complete with fabulous views of Borestone Mountain. Visit www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/index.html for information.

When it’s time for some entertainment, Dover-Foxcroft has that, too. The historic Center Theatre downtown offers comedy acts, community theater productions, musicals, professional productions and movies year-round in their restored 1940s-era facility.

For information on these and other great places to eat, sleep and play, head over to the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce building on Route 7 (heading toward Dexter from downtown Dover-Foxcroft), call them at (207) 564-7533 or visit www.piscataquischamber.com.

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Elliotsville Township

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Another unorganized town, Elliotsville Township offers a host of scenic attractions. These include a twelve-mile section of the Appalachian Trail; Maine Audubon Society’s Borestone Mountain preserve; Barren Mountain (elev. 2670 ft.) and Cloud Pond; beautiful Onawa Lake; numerous attractive waterfalls (Little Wilson, Big Wilson, Slugundy and Vaughn Stream among others); Big and Little Greenwood Ponds; trout and landlocked salmon fishing on Wilson Stream; and more than a dozen remote walk-in trout ponds.

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Guilford

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Population: 1,531
Public School: MSAD #4

Website: www.guilfordmaine.org

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Guilford is the industrial center of Piscataquis County, home to Interface Fabrics Group, American Pride Manufacturing and Hardwood Products. Many of the town’s public spaces offer lovely views of the Piscataquis River. It is not uncommon to see gray herons or bald eagles while out for an evening stroll or a scenic drive along Route 15.

In-town amenities include several restaurants, historic bed and breakfasts, the Guilford Historical Society, a recently-remodeled playground, tennis courts, a ball field and a public boat launch. Nearby, off Route 23, is parking for the Guilford River Walk. The walk extends in both directions along the river, and totals about three miles round-trip. This easy-to-walk trail was built on old railroad bed, suitable for walkers of any ability level.

Bypass the turn to Route 23 and continue toward Dover-Foxcroft on Route 15 to reach the historic Low’s Covered Bridge. The original bridge was completed in 1830. This bridge has been swept away by flood waters and then resurrected three times – in 1932, 1857 and 1987. The existing bridge was completed in October 1990.

There are many buildings of interest. The private residence at the end of Oak Street was once the Guilford Hospital. The handsome brick Scales Building sits nearly at the heart of downtown. Guilford. The Guilford Memorial Library, another lovely old brick building, was originally constructed in 1908, in part with funds from the Carnegie family. A recent expansion and the addition of beautiful flower gardens have only increased the library’s charm.

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Kingsbury Plantation

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Population: 15
Public School: School Union #60

Kingsbury Plantation can be reached by traveling west on State Route 16 from Abbot village. With fewer than ten year-round residents, Kingsbury Plantation may have the smallest population of any organized municipality in Maine. Kingsbury Pond (elevation 929 feet) boasts a number of vacation homes, and is managed by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to produce trophy-sized brook trout. The Kingsbury Pond rest area on State Route 16 is a beautiful spot for a swim or a picnic. A short drive from the rest area, Perseverance Wild Blueberry Farm on the Campbell Road has the look and feel of Downeast Maine, with extensive ridge-top fields of rake-your-own blueberries. The Maine Forest Service maintains a number of drive-in primitive camp sites in the Foss Pond area that can be reached via timber company roads north of Route 16. There is a small, pretty waterfall just south of Route 16 on Bottle Brook, 9.6 miles from Abbot village. In the Spring, adventurous kayakers and canoeists can put in just below the Kingsbury Pond outlet dam, for a 14 mile trip on Kingsbury Stream back to Abbot village. This is a remote and scenic paddle trip, with several Class I through III whitewater sections.

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Lake View Plantation

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Population: 75
Public School: MSAD #41

Website: lakeview.trcmaine.org

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A small community located beside Schoodic Lake, has over 200 cottages located on its scenic shores.

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Medford

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Population: 231
Public School: MSAD #4

Website: medford.trcmaine.org

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This charming community is the smallest town in the Three Rivers Region.

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Milo

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Population: 2386
Public School: MSAD #41

Website: milo.trcmaine.org

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The Sebec, Piscataquis and Pleasant rivers flow through Milo, known as the “Town of Three Rivers.” Fishing and boating opportunities abound. Golfing facilities are some of the earliest to open each spring due to Milo’s well-drained, sandy soils. Municipal offices are located in the restored 19th century town hall, which has an upstairs performing arts theater, the Ed Wingler Auditorium. The Milo Free Public Library is next door. The Milo Historical Society at 12 High Street is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. during the summer. Visit www.milohistorical.org or e-mail amonroeart@verizon.net for information.

Coming down the hill into town from Dover-Foxcroft, the former American Thread Company buildings can be seen. This mill provided as many as 300 jobs in the early 1900s. A turn off Main Street onto Riverside Street takes visitors past the old Excelsior Mill and into Derby, where the company housing erected years ago by railroads still stands and trains still run through the train yard there. Back out on Route 15, much of the architecture along Milo’s Main Street is reminiscent of days gone by. Buildings there still have “good bones.” The town’s park, complete with gazebo, has an old-time village ambiance and offers boat launching facilities for Sebec River access. A right-hand turn onto Elm Street leads to the town’s recreational facilities, including a ball field and tennis courts. Milo is known for some of the region’s best dining venues. Camps, cabins and a bed and breakfast offer several lodging options.

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Monson

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Population: 670
Public School: MSAD #68

Website: www.monsonmaine.com

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The charming Town of Monson sits nestled along the shores of Lake Hebron, where a public beach and plentiful fishing opportunities invite residents and visitors alike to enjoy the region’s natural resources. Monson is surrounded by rugged mountains. Take the Elliotsville Road out of town to reach scenic hiking and wildlife watching opportunities at Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary.

Just 3.5 miles north from downtown along Route 15 is the Appalachian Trail crossing that leads northbound hikers to the last 100 miles of the AT. Several scenic destinations along this portion of the trail make it an ideal day-hike destination, as well. Monson has a long tradition of offering a soft bed, a hot meal and hospitality to through-hikers making the long trek from Georgia to Mount Katahdin.

The town grew up around the slate mining industry, drawing a strong Finnish population to the area. Slate mines still operate here. Indeed, the headstone of former President John F. Kennedy is engraved in Monson slate. The Finnish folk are still here, too. Summer Saturday evenings, one can find them at the Finnish Farmer’s Hall on Route 15, dancing to traditional tunes played on the accordion and cello.

A strong artisan community has sprouted up in the town, as well. Main Street is lined with interesting places to dine and shop. Private rooms and bunk house spaces are provided at several establishments that serve the hikers, hunters, snowmobilers and other guests drawn to the rugged beauty of this region.

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Parkman

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Population: 833
Public School: MSAD #4

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Located twelve miles west of Dover-Foxcroft and three miles from Guilford this charming village offers a public library and is home to several small businesses. Parkman also offers a Bed & Breakfast and a commercial cottage rental.

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Sangerville

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Population: 1,400
Public School: MSAD #4

Website: www.sangerville.com

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Located on the Piscataquis River, Sangerville offers a public library and public fitness center and is the home of the East Sangerville Grange that is famous for its coffee house music concerts. The town, which was once home to two knights and was larger than most neighboring towns, has a very active historical society. Sangerville village has preserved a number of 19th century homes, plus a restored town hall and Unitarian Church.

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Sebec

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Population: 554
Public School: MSAD #68

Website: sebec.trcmaine.org

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Located on the shore of Sebec Lake, with its picture postcard scenery, this charming village offers visitors a look into the region’s past. Sebec recently restored a 19th century park overlooking the lake, and is the home of the Harriman school museum.

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Shirley

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Population: 200
Public School: School Union #60

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The Town of Shirley, just south of Greenville, is a great place to observe wildlife. Shirley Pond and the West Shirley Bog are major stops on the Maine Birding Trail. Loons, herons, ospreys, warblers and migratory waterfowl are frequently seen. The Shirley flats area adjacent to Route 15 is a good place to spot moose. Descending from Shirley Pond at Shirley Mills, the East Branch of the Piscataquis River cascades through a series of successively deeper and more beautiful slate-walled gorges. The numerous pools on this section of the river support native brook trout, while flatwater sections between the gorges are home to river otters and beaver. Like the adjacent Blanchard Township, Shirley also supports a sizeable, if reclusive, population of Maine black bears.

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Wellington

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Population: 260
Public School: MSAD #4

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First settled in 1814, Wellington, formally known as Bridge’s Town, is one of our region’s charming small communities.

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Willimantic

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Population: 135
Public School: MSAD #4

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Located on the shores of Sebec Lake, Willimantic has been enjoyed by sportsmen for generations. Scenic First Davis pond in North Guilford and Willimantic attracts visitors with its shore-front summer cottages and canoe launch area.

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