The Town of China is a picturesque community with a short commute to both the State capital of Augusta and to the Winslow/Waterville area. Route 3 also gives China residents easy access to Maine’s beautiful coast.
The town of China is comprised of four community villages: China Village, South China, Weeks Mills, and Branch Mills.
Located on the banks of the Kennebec River, Waterville, Maine is home to a unique mix of shops and restaurants as well as two colleges, Thomas College and Colby College. A Main Street Maine community, Waterville takes great pride in its downtown, which is home to seven structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to many unique shops and one-of-a-kind eateries. Waterville is easily accessed with two exits off Interstate 95 as well as Route 201, which touts a national, historic byway and is part of the Kennebec-Chaudiere Corridor.
Located on the east bank of the Kennebec River across the bridge from Waterville, Winslow, Maine is a town rich in history and pride. Settlers arrived in the early 1700s and built their homes around the protective “Fort Halifax” on the confluence of the Sebasticook and Kennebec Rivers, major routes in transporting food, goods, and more settlers.
First settled in 1771, the Town of Fairfield, Maine has some of the most beautiful historic sites recorded in the National Historic Register. The Cotton-Smith History House and Museum is located at 42 High Street, and is home to the Fairfield Historical Society. Other architectural jewels include the Lawrence Public Library, Connor-Bovie House, and the Amos Gerald House.
Photo by Curtis Chaput
Oakland, Maine is west of Waterville and abuts the Belgrade Lakes. Messalonskee Lake, East Pond, McGrath Pond and Salmon Lake provide four season opportunities for water activities. The Town is home to a number of summer camps for kids.
Photo by Curtis Chaput
Just ten miles west of the City of Waterville is the beautiful region known as the Belgrade Lakes Region. The town of Belgrade, Maine was incorporated in 1796 as the 102nd town of the Province of Maine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Sidney, Maine is a fast-growing community noted for having one of the lower tax rates in Kennebec County. Surrounding the town to the east is the Kennebec River and to the west is Messalonskee Lake, where the headquarters for the famed New England Music Camp is located. The lake is also surrounded by summer resorts and cottage colonies. Both Messalonskee Lake and the Kennebec River have public boat access within their borders. Several other smaller ponds make up a beautiful rural setting.
Rome, Maine is located in the heart of the Belgrade chain of lakes. There is fishing, sailing, swimming, and an array of winter lake activites such as ice fishing and snowmobiling to be enjoyed in any of the seven lakes of this 150-square mile lake region. A popular 40-mile canoe adventure takes paddlers through the lakes chain. Rome was first settled in 1780 and originally named West Pond Plantation. The town was incorporated in 1804. Rome is a delightful vacation spot and an attractive community in which to settle.
Shawmut Village, Maine is located on Route 201 just north of Downtown Fairfield and south of Hinckley Village. Formerly known as Somerset Mills, the village was renamed Shawmut in 1889. Shawmut was an important railroad stop on the Penobscot and Kennebec Railroad during the mid-19th century. Present day, the stretch of Route 201 through Shawmut is known as an “Antiques Corridor”, with several antique stores and world class auction halls.
Albion, Maine, population 2041, remains a typical Maine small town. Founded in 1804, its proud history boasts ties to Elijah Lovejoy, freedom of the press and Maine’s narrow gauge railway. Its central village, excellent elementary school, library and health center provide focus on family and have attracted new homes in the traditionally farming community. With proximity to the greater Waterville area, it has ideal small business potential as demonstrated by the growth of Johnny’s Selected Seeds. Albion, Maine Web site - http://www.albionme.com/
Clinton, Maine, located five miles north of Fairfield, is bounded on the west by the Kennebec River and on the east by the Sebasticook River. The town was first settled in 1775 and incorporated in 1795. Because of the Clinton I-95 interchange, the town is attractive to industrial development. Clinton is a diversified mid-Maine community with pleasant residential areas, beautiful rural land, small fabrication factories, the largest dairy industry of the state, and Maine's premier nine-hole golf course. Clinton is home to the extremely popular annual Clinton Lion's Club Agricultural Fair. Clinton, Maine Web site: http://www.clinton-me.us/
Hinckley Village, Maine is located along Route 201 in northern Fairfield. The village consists mostly of the 2,450 acre Good Will-Hinckley campus. Founded in 1889, Good Will-Hinckley is a center of excellence for youth, providing housing, education, and counseling services. Hinckley Village is also adjacent to the S. D. Warren Division of SAPPI, one of central Maine’s largest employers.
Benton, Maine is located on the east bank of the Kennebec River, across the three bridges from Fairfield. The area was first settled in 1763 and incorporated as Sebasticook on March 16, 1842. The name was changed to Benton in 1850. With a park and walking trails, Benton offers the pleasant feeling of small town closeness combined with easy access to all the benefits of the total mid-Maine community.
Burnham is located on the Sebasticook River on Routes 11 and 100. Burnham was originally called Twenty-Five Mile Plantation. The town was incorporated in 1824. Burnham is a versatile community offering recreational opportunities, including an excellent golf course on the shores of Lake Winnecook, and is home to major industries such as Pride Manufacturing Company.
Photo by Mark Tardif
Unity is located on Routes 9 and 202 and was incorporated June 22, 1804. It is the home of Unity College, pictured left, which specializes in environmental sciences and outdoor recreation. The college has an art gallery, lecture and concert series, and an excellent library with a children's loft, all of which are open to the public.
Vassalboro stretches from the east bank of the Kennebec River to the west shore of China Lake. It is the home of farmers, woodsmen, and commuters to Waterville and Augusta. Settled in 1760 and incorporated in 1771, Vassalboro is located on Routes 32 and 201. Vassalboro has frontage on a major river (the Kennebec) and on four lakes and ponds, resulting in outstanding recreational opportunities. Vassalboro is home to Duratherm Window Company, York Spiral Stair, and has some of the larger dairy farms in the central Maine area. It is also home of Natanis Golf Course, which was recently expanded to 36-holes, making the public golf course the largest north of Boston. Vassalboro, Maine Web site: http://www.Vassalboro.net
The town of Thorndike, Maine was established in 1819. It is a quaint little village with a population of 712. Miles of winding rural roads capture breathtaking views. The small community is famously known for the "Gordon Hill Murders" that took place June 16, 1873. The courts handed down a guilty verdict and a sentence of hanging was carried out. Later a letter arrived claiming the wrong man was hanged; someone else committed these gruesome murders. Because of this trial, capital punishment was ended in the state of Maine. The area boasts a part in the Common Ground Country Fair. This organic educational fair brings crowds from states and miles around. Thorndike, Maine Web site: http://www.thorndikeme.com/