Ask a local what they think of when you say “Oakfield Maine” and chance are the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad will be in the list of most common answers. The reason Oakfield stands out as a railroad town is because two very important lines were controlled from this southern Aroostook County track system. The line from Brownville to Oakfield was completed in 1893 by the B & A railroad and just a few years later another vital track system was finished from Oakfield to Ashland Maine.
From 1912 to 1961 passenger train service was available in by purchasing your ticket to ride in the town dubbed “The Switzerland of Maine” due to the gorgeous Oakfield foothills. The personel from the passenger train service shifted their role to that of railroad line maintenance after passenger service ended. The BAR depot was the beehive for 16 daily passenger trains by the 1930’s!
This check rolls in right around town tax time which is a big help to relieve the stress of that yearly obligation. The large blades of the wind turnbines started arriving in 2014 with construction erecting them beginning in 2015 for eventually 48 total that are 450′ up in the air. This wind farm project covers 150 acres and produced 148 megawatts of power.
The township organized as a plantation first as dubbed T5 R3. The “T” stands for township, the “R” for range which was a simple grid of mostly 6×6 mile unorganized areas. And a way to refer to them before organization was needed to keep track of them in conversation and at the local county registry of deeds where title to your property is recorded. Oakfield Maine was first settled in 1831, organized in February 21, 1878. It’s organization was reconfirmed in 1895, incorporation came later on February 24th, 1897. Northern Maine is relatively young compared to other areas to the south in New England.
Pretty simple to get from wherever you are to Oakfield Maine. The Interstate 95 system makes it easy with numbered exits. The further you go from the big green bridge entering Kittery, Eliot etc are mile markered. Oakfield’s exit is 286 which means you are that many miles up into Maine. Houlton Maine is I-95 exit 302. And there is still two more hours north to go up into Aroostook County’s St John River Valley. US RT 2 crosses Smyrna Maine to the north and not far from the Oakfield exit 286. Passenger railroad service no longer happens but Cyr Bus lines can bring you into Oakfield. Previously the B&A bus lines did the same. Paddle up the Mattawamkeag River is how the early settlers of Oakfield Maine did it. Bring some black fly spray in late May into early June!
That happens in Oakfield Maine. Come on, all aboard to head down the iron rails. The fundraiser train ride to raise money for the Oakfield Historical Museum upkeep! The many local lakes of Timoney, Spaulding, Skiticook, Long and the Mattawamkeag River all provide waterfront recreation. The local trail system for four wheel ATV and snow sledding. There is an Oakfield Smokey Hollow snow sled club that services this area.
The band stand on Main Street (Ridge Road) before you get to the grocery store gets summer use. There is always something planned by the friends of the Oakfield railroad station. You can always attend a live production play next town over in Smyrna/Merrill from the Hysterical Players.
To many just being outdoors with natural sounds and not constant emergency police and fire responders is a welcome change. Small town, country living means brighter stars at night when you look up and realize no pollution or too many street lights makes this possible. You also sense the local community members are friendly, involved and approachable. Everyone volunteers in something to pitch in and make Oakfield and other small towns like it shine brightly.
Little league ball diamonds are over by the Oakfield town office. The feeder league for one impressive baseball legacy thanks to Murray Putnam who is a retired teacher and coach who lives on Spaulding Lake these days. Get him to relive some of the road to victory at the state level for all those trophies in the glass case. Go clad in purple Southern Aroostook Warriors who have a pretty impressive basketball program. The original Oakfield School red jerseys are seen worn in lower grade basketball rec programs. As a younger sister or brother climbs up the bleachers to watch their elder family members “school them” on the fine art of the hoop offense and defensive moves you need to master to wear a basketball net around your neck and with wide smiles hoist up the championship gold ball brought back to “The County”.
Woodlots with log trucks heading to the mills out of town or Katahdin Cedar Log Homes headquartered in Oakfield Maine is what you will experience. (Waving to Plant owner Dave Gordon on the way by.) The South Oakfield Road heading east toward Linneus offers lots of wildlife, the sense of space not people. Peace and quiet happen when you kayak across Timoney or Spaulding Lake. A loon or ducks paddle by as they fish for their next meal. Don’t forget your camera to capture the images and video loops oof Oakfield Maine.
More on Oakfield Maine spotlighted and what you are going to do for fun any of the four seasons. Oakfield Maine is exit 286 off Interstate 95. Come hunt, fish, hike and discover the Southern Aroostook town of Oakfield Maine! Which is close to several golf courses and not far from Canada for an International flavor if you have a passport!
Stop for a coffee at A Place To Eat, grab a coffee and a slice of pizza at Whitey’s or Irving while gas is filling up your car, truck, recreational ride. (Important insider tip from a local – Gas prices in Oakfield are lower and folks from out of town go out of their way to fill up. They plan to be on “E” when passing through Oakfield to take advange of up to ten cents lower gas prices at the pump.)
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You get involved living in small Maine towns. I do. You will too. You will fit in just perfectly. Proud member of the state and national REALTOR associations. Past president of the Aroostook REALTOR Council, Rotary Club, Chamber Of Commerce, the Southern Aroostook Growth Council and Drews Lake Property Owners Association. Past chairman of the Houlton Zoning Board.