Down East 2013 ©
Photograph by Jose Azel/Aurora Photos
Route 11 sure is scenic. The state thinks so, and the DOT designated this byway as such years ago. This isn’t the view this north-country town is famous for, but it’s still a fine look at an under-appreciated community known more than anything else for its proximity to nearby attractions. Photographer Arturo Patten and writer Russell Banks put the place on the map in 1999 with their book The Invisible Stranger, and actress Gladys George did the same in the thirties. In the summer, traffic picks up as the town is a gateway to one of the best camping areas in the northeast.
People stop to visit the logging museum, which offers an excellent look at what this community must have been like a century ago. Trees built this burg back in the nineteenth century, when the area was known as T4R6. Now named for an early settler, the town has its own farm on the National Register of Historic Places, some of the best acreage in the region, and, yes, some scenic vistas. Have you ever visited this small town? Send us a note at P.O. Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; whip off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or post a comment at www.DownEast.com  if you can identify it.