10 Facts about Franklin County, Maine

Franklin County in Maine is without a doubt one of the most beautiful spots in the world, and most of its 30,000 inhabitants love it here. Here are some facts about Franklin County Maine that locals love to share with visitors: The region was once the home of the Norridgewock tribe of the Abnaki nation of Indians. However, the tribe relocated to Canada before white people established their settlements in the county. In 1776, five brave young men from Topsham explored the area with the intention of settling here. Their names were James MacDonnell, Robert Alexander, James Henry, Robert Gower, and Stephen Titconib. There’s a lot of open space available here, and there are only about 18.1 people for every square mile of land. Compare that to the national average of 87.4 people per square mile in the whole US. It’s a lot of elbow room for you if you relocate here from NYC, which has an average of 27,000 people per square mile! With less than 31,000 people living here according to a 2010 census, it’s the second-least populous county in Maine. Only Piscataquis County has fewer people with a population of less than 18,000 people. The county seat of Franklin County is Farmington, and it is considered the earmuff capital of the world. In 1873, a 15-year old lad named Chester Greenwood lived Farmington, and he was an ardent ice-skater. He invented the earmuff at a very young age, catapulting the town to earmuff fame. The Maine legislature […]