This lovely city is nestled at the foothills of the western Maine mountains. A group of explorers first arrived in the area in 1776 and called it Sandy River Plantation. Permanent settlement, however, was delayed until 1781, due to the Revolutionary War.
In 1794, the Sandy River Plantation was incorporated and renamed Farmington, (nicknamed Farm Town) because of its unusually fertile soil. Agriculture was an important occupation, and the town quickly grew and prospered. Orchards yielded apples and other fruit. Sheep grazed the hills, and Farmington became a large wool-producing town. Sitting on the banks of the Sandy River, Farmingtons water power soon attracted industry, and many factories and lumber mills made their appearance. In 1859, with the beginning of railroad service, tourists began visiting the area.
Farmington is an excellent place for the outdoor enthusiast. It is the gateway to great skiing and snowmobiling at Rangeley Lake and Sugarloaf Mountain. There is much to do in summer. Fish or paddle the many lakes and rivers. Hike Bigelow Mountain, or bike on miles of trails. Fall foliage on several scenic drives, surrounded by forests, is a spectacle to behold.
Farmington is a cultural community. Artists are attracted to this spectacular lakes and mountainous region. Art exhibits, plays, and concerts are presented often. Diverse shops and eateries are all available in Farmingtons old-fashioned downtown district. Whether its pizza, a taco, or a hot-fudge sundae that is your pleasure, you will find it there. Many historic properties, such as the Nortica Homestead, or Old Union Meetinghouse are interesting to visit. Farmington is a warmhearted, welcoming community.