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Gorham

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 Town”

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.


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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 Gorham’s past. 

 

THE LAY OF THE LAND

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