Welcome To Mars Hill, Maine!
Mars Hill, What Can We Share About This Central Aroostook County Town?
The Mars Hill mountain in your backyard is not something many small Maine towns can boast. And early settlers took an axe whack at the tall pines used for ship masts growing large and tall on Mars Hill Mountain in the easily years. The town of Mars Hill website adds more, says it best covering the beat on the early history of this border town.
The B & A railroad in 1892 began helping open up the markets for potatoes that grow very well in the fertile farm soil around the Mars Hill countryside. Lumbering was a big shot in the arm for the growth of Mars Hill after the messy business of the Civil War concluded. The area's education in Mars Hill is handled efficiently by MSAD 42. Go Central Aroostook Panthers!
The first religious organization in Mars Hill town was the East Ridge Sewing Circle. Canadian Hezekiah Mars from the St. John River Valley is who the town is named after. He and his son lived in the area three years, sailed across the pond to England and thereafter this unorganized territory with the mountain became knows as Mars Hill. Don't argue with anyone, but many believe Mars Hill Mountain is the first place the sunrises in the USA. Hope no one from Eastport Maine is reading this or getting their knickers in a knot over the claim.
The Mars Hill Maine population is 1493, the town established in February 21, 1867, the zip code 04758 and the average elevation 607'. Big Rock Ski Area on Mars Hill Mountain is 1749' from top to bottom and is salt and peppered with 28 wind generators, broadcast/cell towers. Established in 1960, when lit up for night snow runs, it is pretty special to witness on a winter night driving US RT 1 through the area. Chair lift rides or hikes up the mountain in the fall are spectacular too and Mt Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain can be seen some 120 miles away at Baxter State Park.
The first saw mill established in 1856 at Rocky Brook Settlement, lumber came first, then potatoes, then military spending when Loring Air Force Base set up shop for peace keeping with B-52 war planes to the north in Limestone Maine. LAFB was closed and moth balled in 1994 when the SAC base was repurposed.
How To Get Here
Head north up US RT 1. That's the easiest way to get to Mars Hill Maine from southern points. Or for the long way home, take the RT 11 back way up through Aroostook Country, the log truck route. And find your way taking a right in Ashland over To Presque Isle and south on RT 1 to this central Aroostook County town with the mountain. In Mars Hill there is a split in the roads. At the fork in the town center you make a decision of going left on RT 1 or RT 1A to venture on up to Easton, Fort Fairfield and points in north east Aroostook County. No Interstate 95 exit with Mars Hill in reflectorized glass beads white with green or blue background. Sorry. You could fly into PQI in Presque Isle though and rent a car to come take in the sights of Mars Hill Maine.
Things To Do For Fun
Everyone has a different definition of fun. And depending on the day or season, the list of what to do for fun in Mars Hill changes. Definitely in winter, Big Rock Ski area is one venue to visit. Down hill snow skis are strapped on to carve and maneuver the moguls. Or take the family trail if black diamonds are not your idea of a challenge. Or rent a tube and slide, laugh and then hook up for the pull back up the north side of Mars Hill's Big Rock Mountain. There is live music entertainment upstairs in the ski lodge and equipment rental if you forgot to pack your stuff or a beginner.
Watch a Big Rock Ski video. Have you ever tried snow boarding? It's never too late and ticket prices are family friendly. Join the ski team and compete on Big Rock!
The Mars Hill Community Golf Course offers a blend of sink the white ball golf challenge with incredible long views as you play the links. The golf course to the north of the ski area on Mars Hill Mountain is one of the prettiest in Maine. You also are about as close to being in Canada as you can get because both the ski area and golf course are pretty handy to New Brunswick's International boundary. That's what those white pick ups with the green stripe on the sides are for that you see on the highways and back roads of Aroostook County.
The MSAD 42 school system has lots of activities to keep youth fit and trim and for the communty to enjoy watching as our youngsters grow up in a small Maine town. Visit the Mars Hill Maine Hansen Library.
Prestile Stream dam, sharing the Main Street with the neighboring town to the south of Blaine, there are lots of back roads to explore. Just make sure you stay on this side of the US / Canadian border crossing or the men and women driving the white pickups and SUV's with the green US Border Patrol stripes will be wanting to ask you some hard questions.
I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers your host and here to gratefully serve you.
Looking forward to providing the best insider local information from a native passionate about living here. Let me share what living here as a native I can offer you! Thank you for visiting our Maine real estate website and we will work hard to show you the ropes, the lay of the land. To give you the small town community online tour perspective the best way possible to educate and not waste your time.
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.
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