Skowhegan is a community of 9,000 people located 20 miles north of Waterville and a 90-minute drive north of Portland. It is the county seat for Somerset County. Located on the Kennebec River at the site of two large waterfalls, Skowhegan gets its name from the Indian word for "gathering place," a place where Native Americans would come to fish. The ready availability of fresh water and hydroelectric power supports a number of local industries, including logging, shoe manufacturing, and large modern paper mills.
Geographically, Skowhegan sits at the foot of the White Mountains and boasts vistas of rolling foothills and mountains. There is ready access to water sports on Lake Wesserunsett and on the Kennebec River where class IV and V rapids entice many rafting and boating enthusiasts. Cross country and downhill skiing are easily accessible. Sugarloaf/USA is just 50 minutes away.
Skowhegan is also home to Senator Margaret Chase Smith, the first women U.S. Senator. The Margaret Chase Smith Museum, located on 15 acres overlooking the Kennebec River, holds much of her memorabilia. The town is also home to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture which hosts a vast summer program for aspiring artists.