The Town of Bowdoinham was incorporated on September 18, 1762 as the 17th town in the State of Maine. Bowdoinham has a population of 2,889 and a total land area of 22,176 acres on the on the banks of the Abagadasset River, Cathance River, Kennebec River and Merrymeeting Bay, 14 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Its proximity to Interstate 295, Brunswick, Topsham, Lewiston, Auburn, Augusta, and Portland make it an ideal place to live, visit, or locate a business. The town strives to develop and attract sustainable businesses that will reflect the high quality of life and strong sense of community that Bowdoinham is known for. Bowdoinham was named one of the "Best Places to Live in Maine" by Down East Magazine in 2014!
Bowdoinham has a rich agricultural history and is currently the home to many very successful traditional and organic farms. This resurgence in farming brings young farming families to town and great food to the Southern Midcoast of Maine. Named the “Craftiest Town in Maine” by DownEast Magazine in 2008, Bowdoinham is home to many well-known artists whose work is a direct reflection of the natural beauty of the area. In the Cathance Landing building on the waterfront you will find the Merrymeeting Arts Center, the center of Bowdoinham’s “Creative Economy”.
In the center of town, Mailly Waterfront Park features an easily accessible public boat launch, picnic tables, a gazebo and hiking trails. During the summer, the park is home to free Sunday concerts sponsored by the Town. Up on the hill, in the old high school building, you will find one of the best little libraries in the state and the historic town hall where visitors gather for contra dances, art shows and the longest-running plant sale in the state.
The Bowdoinham Community School is a top-ranking K-5 elementary school built mainly from donated lumber and labor along with money raised from several years of local chicken barbeques. Bordering the school, kids and adults can be seen enjoying the baseball fields, a skating rink, a tennis court and a basketball court.