The town of Fort Fairfield straddles the Aroostook River and borders New Brunswick, Canada. Fort Fairfield—like other towns in Aroostook County—takes pride in its generations-old potato farms. You can help local residents celebrate the county's annual potato crop during the Maine Potato Blossom Festival. The event is held each July, when thousands of acres of potato plants are colored with white and pink flowers. The nine-day festival features Farmer Olympics, road races, arts and crafts, a parade, fireworks and mashed potato wrestling.
Fort Fairfield History
You can learn more about Fort Fairfield's human and industrial history at The Frontier Heritage Historical Society and at The Fort Fairfield Railroad Museum. The railroad museum is located in an 1875 Canadian-Pacific Railroad station and it houses an outdoor display of rail cars and a locomotive. Next door, you can see the restored 1848 McIntosh one-room schoolhouse—one of the first public buildings in town. The original blackboards are still in place, along with two privy compartments for girls and boys.
You can visit a replica of the Fort Fairfield Blockhouse on Main Street. This historic site and museum tells the story of the Aroostook War of 1839, a border conflict between the United States and Britain that was resolved without warfare. The museum is also filled with artifacts from early Fort Fairfield history. You can find everything from agricultural items and antiques to photographs and documents.
You can go canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the Aroostook River, biking on the town roads, or mountain biking and running on local trails. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are favorite winter activities. In the warmer months, you can golf at the public 18-hole Aroostook Valley Country Club. With the parking lot and pro shop in Fort Fairfield and the clubhouse and course holes in Four Falls, New Brunswick, you can have an international golfing experience (if you're visiting from Canada, you'll need to enter the club through a staffed port of entry).
Festivals and Markets
FARM Park hosts the County Gospel Festival in June and the County Bluegrass Festival in July-September. At the Community Market, which is open from May through October, you can shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic pork products, flowering plants, jewelry, baskets, woodworking, and baked goods made by members of the local Amish community.