Municipalities

St. Croix Region

Welcome to the St. Croix Valley.   Located in the eastern most County in the United States (Washington), this beautiful area is nestled between the St. Croix River and the lakes and woodlands of the County.

 

We hope you will enjoy your stay with us. You are in an area of quiet forests, lakes, ponds, and islands.  History and nature are here, and we invite you to enjoy it with us. Walk along our shores, sit on the river banks, stroll through nature trails, and enjoy the quiet and tranquility of “the way life should be.”

 

Washington County is one of the last places on the busy, over-crowded Eastern seaboard where you can get away by yourself on a forest trail or walk for miles on the salt-sprayed shoreline and see no one.  You can yield to that bit of pioneer blood and live completely out of sight from your neighbor’s cabin.  Not many withdraw that far, but there are others who consider Washington County the last frontier of peace and untarnished beauty – of quiet and clean, clear air.  Join us in all seasons and enjoy our “little piece of Paradise.”

 

whitlockmillThe St. Croix Valley offers beautiful views like those found at the Whitlock Mills Lighthouse.  This lighthouse is the northeastern most lighthouse within the United States.  It is situated on private property and owned and maintained by the St. Croix Historical Society.  The Coast Guard maintains the light itself.  It is best seen from the St. Croix River.

 

There are financial institutions, fine motels, and excellent restaurants.  A three-screen cinema shows the latest movies.  Bed and breakfasts offer alternate accommodations, and there are many camping areas for the outdoor experience.  Historic buildings can be found throughout the area, including the Calais Free Library, the Holmes Cottage, and the “Gingerbread Houses.”

 

Calais Regional Hospital serves an area of about 40,000 inhabitants, and the area has a well-trained ambulance/transport service. There are numerous service organizations based her in the Valley and churches of many denominations welcome visitors.

 

Calais is the primary shopping center for eastern Washington County and Charlotte County, N.B.  There is a wide variety of chain and independent stores, as well as antique and craft shops which enable visitors to find that special item they’ve been searching for.

 

If you’re looking for something to do, join us each August as we celebrate the International Homecoming Festival.  If hunting or fishing is your activity of choice, the St. Croix Valley offers plenty of opportunities for just that.  Maine Guides are also available to help you succeed in your adventure.  Visit www.maineguides.org for a complete listing of Maine Guides.  If “leaf-peeping” is your bag, Washington County was listed as one of the Top Ten destinations in the country.  Click here to learn more. Peak time is the first week or two in October.  Any later than that and a gust of wind could hinder your chance to see some incredible colors!

 

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If you plan on visiting Canada, please be aware of new requirements to return into the United States.  Passports are required to travel across the border.  If you already have your passport, be sure to  bring it with you.  It will expedite your entry back into the United States.  People 18 and under are only required to present a birth certificate, or other documentation that proves their citizenship.  It is recommended that you have your documents out and ready for presentation to the Customs Officers.  Please don’t have it packed away in your suitcase!  Please visit either the Homeland Security website or Customs and Border Protection website for the most current and more detailed information.

Baileyville

Baileyville is well know for its wood and pulp industry, and Woodland Pulp, LLC is one of the largest employers in Washington County.  In the 1830s, the town manufactured oilcloth until the factory burned down in 1921.  Today, the pulp mill drives the economy along with retail businesses…

 

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Calais

Incorporated in 1809, Calais’s St. Croix Island was the first permanent settlement in Maine.  This settlement, though unsuccessful, can still be seen today.  It wasn’t until 1779 that Calais saw its first permanent settler…

 

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Grand Lake Stream

Known as Hinckley Township since 1854, the small village of Grand Lake Stream took its name after the 3 mile long stream that flows through it in 1870.  Although the first permanent settlers did not arrive until 1820…

 

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Indian Township

Indian Township is one of two Passamaquoddy Reservations in Maine.  It was first settled by Captain Tomah Lewey of St. Andrews, New Brunswick in the late 1700s.  He and his family first settled on Lewey’s Island, and by the 1800s other tribal members…

 

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Pembroke

Like its namesake in Wales, Pembroke was historically a shipbuilding center due to its excellent harbor.  Settled in 1774 and incorporated in 1832, the small town was building ships as early as 1825…

 

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Perry

Named after War of 1812 hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the town was first settled in 1758 and incorporated in 1818 while the British held Eastport not 6 miles away.  The town has transitioned over the years from a shipyard to a…

 

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Princeton

Incorporated in 1832, the Town of Princeton has historically been a sportsman’s paradise and a part of the lumber industry.  The town has close ties with its neighbors, Indian Township and Grand Lake Stream…

 

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Robbinston

Incorporated in 1811, Robbinston was historically a town of shipbuilders.  They turned to potatoes and fishing with the arrival of steam-power.  The waters around Robbinston are rich in trout and salmon along with pickerel and perch…

 

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The following are city/town contact numbers in the St. Croix Valley.  All numbers are in area code (207) except for New Brunswick, Canada which is area code (506) as noted at the bottom of the list.

 

Town

Contact Number

Alexander 454-3011
Baileyville 427-3442
Calais 454-2521
Crawford 454-7105
Eastport 853-2300
Grand Lake Stream 796-2001
Indian Township 796-2301
Meddybemps 454-0065
Pembroke 726-4047
Perry 853-0779
Pleasant Point Reservation 853-2600
Princeton 796-2744
Robbinston 454-2877
St. Andrews, N.B. (506)-529-5120
St. Stephen, N.B. (506)-466-7700