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Andover is located in a
valley surrounded by the western mountains of Maine and near the New Hampshire
border. Within and near the town are rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and the
Appalachian Trail. It is also the home of the Lovejoy Covered Bridge, one of
nine located in the State. With a friendly population of 953 the area is a
favorite stopover for hunters, fishermen, hikers, snowmobilers, cross-country
skiers, and nature lovers.
The Town was incorporated in1804 as East Andover, Massachusetts. In 1820 when Maine became a State the East was dropped and the Town became Andover Maine. Molly-ockett, a famous Pequakett Indian is buried in our local cemetery.
The Bandstand on the
The town is governed by
selectmen and a popular local event is the annual Town Meeting held the first
Saturday in March every year. Services for residents and guests include the
Andover Public Library, located in the historic (former) Universalist Church
building, a large volunteer Fire Department and rescue squad, a grammar school,
ballpark and tennis courts, and the Town Common with its bandstand.
The Andover Historical Society Building is filled with many items of local interest. The society also maintains a one room school house. Our younger residents attend the Andover Elementary School. The Town is a member of a school administrative district, and students attend middle and high school in Bethel. There is an elderly housing facility in the town.
Major employers in the area include Andover Wood Products (a division of Ethan Allen) and MCI telecommunications satellite station. There are also general stores, restaurants, garages, a cross-country ski shop, logging and trucking facilities, dowel mills, a motorsports fabrication and retail parts sales facility, and numerous small businesses.
A common site in and
include: camping, hunting, fishing and hiking and x-c skiing. The local horse
club hosts well attended events monthly for its members and the public. The
snowmobile club maintains the trails on route 82 of the network. The area is
convenient to several downhill and x-c ski areas.
The first weekend in August the town celebrates Olde Home Days. This local festival is attended by several thousand people and has events and activities for all such as parade, flower show, concerts, antique car show, horse show, chicken barbecue, firemen's muster, art show, Library display, Church sale and flea market.