Located along Routes 35, 37 and 118, the three villages of Waterford are nestled in the rolling hills of western Maine. With two public beaches, three boat accesses, six ponds, Crooked River, Mud Pond fen and Keoka Lake, there is plenty to do on the water in Waterford. Three hikes, one of those for experienced rock climbers, two public parks, two museums, a pottery studio, two campgrounds, and twenty-three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places make this a quaint place to live or visit.
Special events include the July 4th parade, North Waterford World’s Fair and Waterford Chili Cook-off and Fall Foliage 5K road race plus a one mile fun run for kids.
About 1,450 people live in the 47 square miles of Waterford. They belong to the Waterford-Stoneham Lions Club, two Granges, Masons, North Waterford Friendly Senior Citizens Group and Waterford Snowpackers Snowmobile Club. Children begin their school career at Waterford Elementary School, then continue on at the Oxford Hills Regional Middle, High and Vocational Schools. The local economy receives a boost from the building industry, realty, farming, tourism, camps, light manufacturing and antique and specialty shops.
Playgrounds: Werner Park, Sandlot Ball Field, Waterford Elementary School*
Beaches: Keoka Beach (residents only)
Boat Launches: Keoka Lake, Bear Pond, Five Kezar Ponds (rough access), Crooked River
FMI: www.waterfordme.org; town office: 207.583.4403
*Not available during school hours.
Waterford Flats Historic District – sit on a park bench in the village green and look across at the home of Artemus Ward, pen name of Waterford native, Charles F. Brown, who was Mark Twain’s mentor. Step into the Waterford Library, designed by John Calvin Stevens and son, John Howard Stevens. Or envision the ladies sitting on one side of the room facing their men on the other side during town meeting at the Old Town Office and Meeting Hall in Waterford Flats. Of course, the ladies were not allowed to vote and had to keep quiet – surely an impossible task. Twenty-one buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.