DescriptionIn 1662 one of the region's first sawmills was erected in Biddeford. The lure of waterpower gradually built the city into an important manufacturing center. Biddeford's diverse economic base relies on boatbuilding and the production of plastic, machinery, electronics and baked goods.
Biddeford is closely bound economically and culturally to Saco, its sister city across the river. This interdependency is evident in the cooperative efforts shown in the restoration of the 1895 opera house; the acoustically perfect City Theater, (207) 282-0849, is an outstanding example of late 19th-century ornamental architecture.
Both cities take advantage of the educational and cultural opportunities offered by the University College at Saco and the University of New England, 4 miles east on Pool Road overlooking the sea.
Visitor InfoBiddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry 28 Water St., Suite 1 BIDDEFORD, ME 04005. Phone:(207)282-1567