Take a walk through history in Greater Farmington.
Agricultural heritage runs deep in this community. Come buy produce from local farmers at the Farmington Farmers’ Market or the Sandy River Farmers’ Market. The town is also home to the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), where you can attend lectures and performances. In December, Farmington celebrates Chester Greenwood Day, which honors the inventor of earmuffs with a parade and the Festival of Trees.
For those looking to explore Farmington on foot, the Healthy Community Coalition offers walking maps of Farmington. At UMF’s Fitness & Recreation Center, you can take outdoor adventure workshops and clinics through its Mainely Outdoors program.
Take a walk through local history by following downtown walking tour signs that will take you to the Farmington Library, Hippach Field, UMF’s Merrill Hall, the old corn cannery, the Farmington Historical Society’s Old North Church, the original narrow gauge railroad depot, and the site where the fire of 1886 began and destroyed most of downtown.
Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls
Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls sit on the edge of Maine’s western mountains and at the gateway of several ski areas. Spruce Mountain Ski Slope in Jay is a blast from the past where you rise 300 vertical feet to the summit via three rope tow lifts. Warm weather exploration will take you to the nearby Androscoggin River, with canoeing, kayaking, or bass fishing. You can also take the Source to Sea Canoe Trek to explore the river. In Jay, you can hike to scenic river overlooks of the river at Pine Island Park or along a one-mile trail through an orchard at North Jay’s White Granite Park.
Head over to the 14-mile Whistlestop Trail, which starts off Route 4/17 in Jay across from French Falls and ends in West Farmington. This trail accommodates virtually all forms of motorized and non-motorized recreation. Livermore is home to the Washburn–Norlands Living History Center, a 455acre complex that includes restored structures ranging from a one-room schoolhouse to farm structures to a Victorian Mansion. Learn firsthand about living and working in the late 1800s in Maine.