The town is located on Route 302, also known as Roosevelt Trail, and offers a sidewalk extending from Raymond Beach to Windham. Raymond is the home of three beaches, two which the general public may access. There are also two boat launches, five ponds and two lakes for your water adventures. The Sheri Gagnon Memorial Park, Panther Run Picnic Area, several hikes, and mountain bike trails at Morgan Meadows enhance the outdoor activities in Raymond.
Over 4,000 people reside in the 41 square miles of Raymond year-round. The East Raymond Union Chapel and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s boyhood home are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Clubs and organizations include Scouts, Lions Club, Raymond Community Friendship Group, PTO, Raymond-Casco Historical Society and the Raymond Rattlers Snowmobile Club. Children attend Raymond Elementary School and Jordan Small Middle School. They are tuitioned to other districts for their high school years. Businesses from advertising to woodworking with many in between including florist, retail and specialty shops provide services and jobs in Raymond.
Playgrounds: Shari Gagnon Memorial Park, Raymond Elementary School*
Beaches: Tassel Top Park (fee), Raymond Beach, Crescent Beach
Picnic Area: Panther Run
Boat Launches: Raymond Pond, Crescent Beach, Panther Pond, Sebago Lake
FMI: www.raymondmaine.org; town office: 207.655.4742
*Not available during school hours.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Home – In 1818, Nathaniel Hawthorne, his mother and two sisters moved from Salem, Massachusetts to a house his uncle, Richard Manning, built for them in Raymond. Here, Nathaniel spent at least a year roaming the woods, skating on Sebago Lake, fishing, reading and enjoying solitude. Today, this large, square home with massive chimneys and eight fireplaces is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.