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Location Map for Norway

Location Map for Norway

Year Population
1970 3,595
1980 4,042
1990 4,754
2000 4,611
2010 5,014
Norway Population Chart 1800-2010

Population Trend 1800-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:13:44
W. Latitude 70:36:42
Maine House District 71
Maine Senate District 19
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 47.5
Area sq. mi. (land) 45.1
Population/sq.mi (land) 111.2
County: Oxford

Total=land+water; Land=land only

[NOR-way] is a town in Oxford County, incorporated on March 9, 1797 from Waterford Plantation. After annexing an unincorporated gore in 1821, it swapped land with Paris (1859, 1861).

Grange Hall (2003)

Grange Hall (2003)

Post Office (2003)

Post Office (2003)

Apparently the town was not named for the Scandinavian country. A clerical “correction” of the originally proposed “Norage,” the Indian word for falls, resulted in the name Norway.

Maine: A Guide Downeast notes the following:

Humorist Artemis Ward learned the printer’s trade at the Norway Advertiser-Democrat in the village center, and Statesman Hannibal Hamlin as a lad was a chore-boy in the same office.

A Popular gathering place for cracker-barrel philosophers for many years was the Weary Club, founded by the paper’s editor, Fred W. Sanborn.

Artist Vivian Akers, Charles Asbury Stephens, writer of juvenile fiction, Novelist Hugh Pendexter and Don C. Seitz, a New York World editor, had homes in Norway. For his trip to the North Pole, Explorer Robert E. Peary had snowshoes made by Melle Dunhan of Norway.

Cummings House (2003)

Cummings House (2003)

Interesting House (2003)

Interesting House (2003)

Norway has a substantial number of interesting, unique homes not typical of most Maine towns. The house on the right was in major disrepair, though possibly in the process of rehabilitation  in 2003; the Stephen and Edward Cummings House, c. 1886, an example of Queen Anne design, was in impeccable condition.

The town is the birthplace of Donald Barrows Partridge, a U.S. Representative, town clerk, and principal of the high school in Canton.

Commercial Strip (2003)

Commercial Strip (2003)

Downtown Norway (2003)

Downtown Norway (2003)

Norway-South Paris is a community of two adjoining towns in which Maine Routes 26, 117, 118, and 119 converge. It is a retail center for southern Oxford County and includes a commercial strip with the usual array of auto dealerships and fast food.

Church Bell Tower (2003)

Church Bell Tower (2003)

Opera House Clock Tower (2003)

Opera House Clock Tower (2003)

Pennesseewassee Lake at five miles in length, the largest of several in the town, abuts the main village and contributes mightily to the recreational opportunities in the area.


Marina on Pennesseewassee Lake (2004)

Marina on Pennesseewassee Lake (2004)

Little Pennesseewassee Pond Rest Area (2003)

Little Pennesseewassee Pond Rest Area (2003)

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board-Manager.

Additional resources

Barnes, Diane. The Oxford Hills: Greenwood, Norway, Oxford, Paris, West Paris and Woodstock. Dover, N.H. Arcadia Publishing. c1995.

Brunelle, Jim. Maine Almanac.

Foster, J. Emily. The Legend of Barjo Restaurant: The Life of Josephine McAllister Stone. Norway, Me. MeJeffEmy Editions. Lisbon Falls, Me. Soleil Press [distributor]. c2001.

Isaacson, Dorris. Maine: A Guide Downeast.

Lapham, William Berry. The History of Norway, Maine: a reprinting of the 1886 edition on the occasion of the town’s bicentennial year; including a new foreword by Donald L. McAllister. Somersworth, N.H. New England History Press, in collaboration with the Norway Historical Society. 1986.

“Maine’s Most Endangered Historic Properties of 2003” http://www.mainepreservation.org/Endangered/03.shtml

Noyes, A. Oscar. Diaries, 1862-1878. (Cataloger Note: Diaries of A. Oscar Noyes of Norway . . . for various years from 1862 to 1878. . . . observations about the weather, his business affairs, social activities and family life. [Also] diaries of his brother Frank H. Noyes, also of Norway, for various years between 1872 and 1919. [Also] the daily weather, events happening in Norway, his activities and family life. Amos Oscar Noyes was born in 1837 . . . . owned a drug and book store there and served as the town treasurer. . . . Frank Herbert Noyes was born in 1856 in Norway and was president of the bank there.)

Noyes, David. The History of Norway: Comprising a Minute Account of its First Settlement, Town Officers, . . . . (Cataloger Note: Reprint. Originally published: Norway, Me. : D. Noyes, 1852.) Salem, Mass. Higginson Book Co. 1997.

Whitman, Charles Foster. A History of Norway, Maine: From the Earliest Settlement to the Close of the Year 1922. Norway, Me. (Lewiston, Me. Lewiston Journal Printshop and Bindery). 1924.

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Bennett, Nathaniel and Elizabeth, House, west side of Crockett Ridge Road, 1.4 miles north of junction with Maine Route 117

Norway Historic District, roughly bounded by Pearl Street, Danforth Street and Greenleaf Avenue, Pennesseewassee Stream

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