Washburn is a town in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. It was incorporated on February 25, 1861. It was named after Israel Washburn, the Governor of Maine at the time.
The population was 1,620 at the 2020 census. Benjamin C. Wilder House, built in 1852, is located on Main Street in Washburn. It predates the town’s incorporation by nine years.
Situated along the Aroostook River, Washburn has some of the most beautiful scenery in the County. Washburn is also home to approximately 7,800 acres of farmland with a variety of different crops.
Washburn houses two schools, the David J. Lyon Washburn District Elementary School and the Washburn District High School, which together comprise MSAD #45 and serve the Towns of Perham, Wade, and Washburn.
We have many churches, a grocery store, a laundromat, several hairdressers, a post office, a health center, a gas station, a convenience store, an auto service center, and a law office. We currently have a Dollar General store on Main Street and Penobscot McCrum, a potato processing facility. Also, we have a Historical Society and Agricultural Museum that are second to none.
Our town has some of the best ATV and snowmobile trails in the area, along with top-notch clubs for each. Other clubs include Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rotary Club, and the Masonic Lodge.
The Town departments include a Police Department, Fire Department, Recreation Department, Library, Highway Department, Buildings & Grounds, and a Town Office on Main Street.
During the 3rd weekend in August, the Washburn Rotary Club hosts its annual August Festival. This is a fun-filled weekend that brings people home for class reunions and other get-togethers.
The next time you are in Aroostook County, swing through Washburn and see all of the wonderful things we have to offer.