DescriptionFarmington is the shire town and a major commercial center for Franklin County, which ranges from rolling farms and apple orchards in the south to lakes and forested mountains in the north. The first settlers were recipients of land grants for service in the Revolutionary War in the area of Farmington Falls, a few miles down the Sandy River; soon families were scattered all along the valley.
With the opening of its first school in a log cabin home in 1788, Farmington began a long association with education. In 1841 the Abbott family opened a boys' school that gained fame as the “Little Blue School.” Additionally, Jacob Abbott was author of the “Rollo” stories, children's sermons laced with history and science. The tradition continues: The University of Maine at Farmington is an outgrowth of the Farmington Academy, founded in the late 1860s.
Recreational opportunities include boat and canoe rentals at Clearwater Lake, 4 miles east on SR 43. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are favorite winter activities.
InfoOfficeFranklin County Chamber of Commerce 615 Wilton Rd. FARMINGTON, ME 04938. Phone:(207)778-4215
Attraction PlaceHoldersArt Gallery at the University of Maine-Farmington