Approximately 9 miles outside of Portland is the small
college town of Gorham. Gorham is the home of University of Southern
Maine, where thousands of students pursue their education each year. As with
any college town, the school enhances the intellectual and cultural life of the
community. From coffee shop discussions to gallery openings, the influence of
the university is felt throughout the town.
A "Little College
Gorham’s South Street Historic District boasts a wide
collection of restaurants, shops, and historic houses that make this gateway
town feel like a trip through history. During the academic year, visitors are
welcome to the University of Southern Maine's Gorham Campus for musical and
theatre performances, to cheer on the NCAA Division III athletes, or simply
stroll around this quiet, historic campus or enjoy the University of Southern
Maine Art Galleries.
Beyond academia, visitors are encouraged to take a drive
to Babb's Covered Bridge which spans over the Presumpscot River
between the Maine towns of Gorham and Windham. Built in 1864, it was considered
the oldest wooden bridge in Maine. In 1973, vandals set the bridge on fire
destroying the historic scenic landmark. In 1976, an exact replica of the
bridge was built and remains standing today.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places,
The Baxter House Museum in Gorham is the childhood home of
businessman, philanthropist and once-mayor of Portland, James Phinney Baxter.
Made into a museum in his honor at his request, the house is a slice of history
for its visitors, depicting life in the 1800s and displaying artifacts from