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A view of a Farmington church in the autumn months.

A view of a Farmington church in the autumn months.

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As the town's name implies, Farmington has a strong farming heritage. You can meet local farmers at the Farmington Farmers' Market or the Sandy River Farmer's Market. The town is also home to the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), where you can see talks and performances. In December, you can help the residents of Farmington celebrate Chester Greenwood Day, which honors the inventor of earmuffs with a parade and the Festival of Trees.

Recreation

The Healthy Community Coalition offers walking maps of Farmington. You can also go hiking, biking, ATV riding, horseback riding, snowshoeing or snowmobiling on the 14-mile Whistlestop Trail, which starts on Oakes Street in West Farmington and ends in Jay. At UMF's Fitness & Recreation Center, you can take outdoor adventure workshops and clinics through its Mainely Outdoors program.

History

You can learn more about Farmington's history by following eight downtown walking tour signs that will take you to the Farmington Library, Hippach Field, UMF's Merrill Hall, a former corn cannery, the Farmington Historical Society's Old North Church, the original narrow gauge railroad depot, and the site where the fire of 1886 began and destroyed much of downtown.