6 Ghost Towns In Maine [MAP]
If you’re searching for ghost towns in Maine, we’ve got you covered! Below are 6 different ghost towns you can explore across Maine along with their status and exact GPS coordinates.
We rate ghost towns in Nebraska based on their status. Here’s how our system works:
- Abandoned: Is abandoned with ruins and structures in a decayed state. Great for urban explorers.
- Historic: Preservation efforts have been made and sometimes plaques installed. Great for everyone.
- Barren: Almost nothing remains of the town. Ideal for metal detectorists.
- Commercial: Is commercially owned with amenities, restaurants, and stores. Great for families.
- Semi-Abandoned: Abandoned areas with a small population in the area.
- Privately Owned: Tours might be available but not open to the general public.
1. Freeman Township
Kicking off our list of ghost towns in Maine is Freeman Township. The town was founded in 1797, and was one of two Maine relief grants, west of Falmouth. Freeman Township had train stations, churches, and other businesses.
The town was also home to a saw-mill at West Freeman. In 1880, the town had a post office. It was also home to some people who were engaged in fishing, farming, and logging.
But after the Industrial Revolution, Freeman’s population declined, and many residents had to relocate to other places. As a result, the town was disincorporated in 1973. The town had a schoolhouse, a cemetery, and a town government. Its population was estimated to be around 100 people before it shuttered.
Today, there are only a few ruins to remind the town of its once thriving existence. There are various abandoned buildings as well as the historic Freeman Trading Post which still operates today.
Before being abandoned, Askwith had a thriving timber industry. It employed carpenters and lumberjacks. It was a thriving town until the late nineteenth century when it lost its last business.
In addition, the town was known for its plentiful fishing and game. In fact, when the US Revolution broke out, many British soldiers were stationed in this area. In addition to the railway, Askwith was also home to a post office, railroad station, and school.
While many of these buildings are now abandoned, there are still some historical buildings still standing. Some of these are located in the town’s main street.
Riceville, Maine, was once a thriving neighborhood around a tannery, but it died out after the tannery burned down.
The town is overgrown and nearly lost to the forest. You can find it by taking a tote road northeast of Old Town. The road, which goes by the name Township 39, is overgrown and wet. The first thing you’ll notice when you reach the village is the Riceville cemetery.
While this is one of the many lost ghost towns in Maine, explorers can still find old ruins of homes, lost artifacts, and other traces of the town’s past.
Before the 1950s, Flagstaff, Maine was a thriving community located along the Dead River. The town began as a camp and grew to become a town. By the mid-1930s, it was the largest town in the Valley. Logging was the town’s main source of income, but the Central Maine Power Company planned a power-generating dam on the river and forced residents to leave.
Today, you can still see some of the town’s remnants and relics along Flagstaff lake, but much of what was the town is now beneath the surface.
5. Perkins Township
First constructed in 1763, Perkins Township is one of the oldest ghost towns in Maine. The town had a schoolhouse, a few homes, and a cemetery. Despite this, the town never really took off. By the 1940s the town was abandoned due likely to flooding and difficulty in agriculture.
Perkins Township is one of the few ghost towns in Maine located on an island and is now part of the Steve Powell Wildlife Area. Today, explorers can see 13 different structures that were saved and are now cared for by the park.
Madrid, Maine was named after the capital of Spain and settled during the late 18th century. The town had a number of facilities, including schools, railway connections, churches, and even a local newspaper. In the early 20th century, the town began to decline. In 1959, the last school closed, leaving only a few buildings standing.
The town is a popular destination for those driving along the famous Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway. Visitors will appreciate the town’s historic buildings and unique atmosphere. A small museum is located in the former schoolhouse for anyone curious for more information.
Go out and explore!
That concludes our list of ghost towns in Maine but that doesn’t mean that’s all there is to find. Take the back roads, follow train tracks, and find some places for yourself. There are plenty of places I kept off this list so get out there and explore.
If you’re having trouble finding ghost towns be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Finding Abandoned Places, or explore other ghost towns across the country.