The Sebasticook Valley area is the gateway to The Maine Highlands region. This area is the ideal destination for all types of water sports, fishing, boating and other recreational pursuits. That is because every town in the valley lays claim to a major body of water including Big Indian Lake, Corundel Lake, Etna Pond, Great Moose Lake, Lake Wassookeag, Nokomis Pond, Pleasant Lake, Plymouth Pond, Sebasticook Lake, and Sebasticook River. The Valley has long been a destination for recreational travelers in all seasons.
The Valley’s historical riches also call on historians and enthusiasts alike. The region is especially known for its historical sites from the 1800s. The Detroit Meeting House serving a variety of community gatherings has a long history dating back to 1866. The 1898 Levi Stewart Library building in Corinna has a working clock tower and belfry. More than a decade ago, the shallows of Sebasticook Lake in Newport revealed an ancient fish weir confirming the region as a gathering place for early Maine tribes in search of food sources more than two thousand years ago. The Town Office in Palmyra was built in 1870 and other than a new coat of paint, remains much like it did when built. The 1880s Pittsfield Railroad Station is one of the only original stations along an active railway that is currently being used as an historical museum in the State. The Plymouth General Store serves much as it did in the 1800s offering goods and services to residents and travelers along the Moosehead Trail, as Route 7 is known. The town’s 1843 meetinghouse is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places and still to this day houses town meetings.
Sebasticook Valley is also home to one of the oldest college preparatory schools in New England, the Maine Central Institute, which provides secondary education for the students of SAD 53 from Burnham, Detroit and Pittsfield, as well as a multicultural residential population from around the world. The school is home to the Bossov School of Ballet and has been a training ground for many Division I and NBA basketball players.
The Sebasticook Valley area is host to these annual events: Central Maine Egg Festival in the summer, North Country Inter-Tribal PowWow in September, the annual Pine Tree Ride-in for snowmobilers and the Annual David D. Merrill Memorial Sled Dog Challenge, where you can try out a sledding adventure in February.
Only 30 minutes to Bangor and less than two hours from Portland; the Sebasticook Valley region is closer than you think. From the quintessential New England town of St. Albans to Exeter, a town that professes to have more cows than people, the pastoral beauty of the Sebasticook Valley will charm and delight you with one picture-postcard scene after another.