The town of Skowhegan, settled in 1773, is located at the junction of Route 2 and Route 201 along the Kennebec River. Skowhegan is known as the home of Senator Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to be elected to both houses of Congress. You can learn more about her life and career at the Margaret Chase Smith Library. You can also participate in a town tradition that goes back to 1818—the Skowhegan State Fair, which features carnival rides, music, harness racing and a demolition derby. A new tradition is the annual Kneading Conference and Artisan Bread Fair held each summer by the Maine Grain Alliance.
At Coburn Park, you can view the flower gardens and attend summer concerts. At the nearby 320-acre Lake George Regional Park, which is open year-round, you can go swimming, fishing or hiking. Park facilities include a public boat launch, playing fields and picnic areas. You can also visit The Walking Bridge, which runs between the North Side and South Side of town, or The Swinging Bridge, which spans the South Channel of the Kennebec River from Skowhegan Island to Alder Street.