Town of Guilford

One of the best kept secrets in Maine is the little town of Guilford. The industrial center of Piscataquis County, transected by the river of the same name, this bustling little village of 1500 souls boasts well over one thousand jobs and is the commuting destination for residents of many neighboring towns. Two globally recognized manufacturers reside here and a recently relocated vegan food producing facility is nearing final renovations. Building permits for commercial enterprises and change-of-use are welcomed and receive rapid turnaround with little to no red-tape to impede fast Implementation.

Education has always been another high priority and our community high school was nationally recognized for pioneering computers in the classroom. Our adult education program has now spread to encompass a three county area, providing opportunities for folks to finish or continue their education and earn their degree. Our town owned library has been continually recognized as a Four Star Library and has more than doubled in size with yet another expansion underway at this writing.

Recreational opportunities include two boat launches on the river, public athletic fields and courts including tennis, basketball, horseshoes, soccer and baseball, and a modern playground. Many well-maintained parks and the Covered Bridge site along Route #15 afford scenic picnic destinations. Special youth-friendly rules encourage fishing on the Piscataquis River, hunting opportunities abound, and four-wheeling, snowmobiling, walking trails, a nine-hole golf course, and a paintball facility round out the choices.

We are the Lilac Capital and Chickadee Capital of the State of Maine and home to the Piscataquis River Festival, an annual summer event that draws thousands to town for the celebration and a chance to discover our town.

Guilford at a Glance....

  • Addition to Guilford Memorial Library
  • Thousands attend Piscataquis River Festival
  • Little Lad's Bakery (and world-famous popcorn!) soon to open
  • New Retailer to build in revitalized Downtown this spring

Business contact:

Name: Tom Goulette
Phone: 207-876-2202


Highlights from the review Team

  • Rapid turn around time on permits with low fees
  • Fully utilize programs and resources to full potential even without economic development staff
  • Continue to improve regional collaboration efforts to be proactive as well as reactive

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