History, Community and Culture in the Hills

Welcome to Downtown Norway

Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Western Maine, the town of Norway is emerging as a vital cultural, commercial and recreational center.

Its bustling Main Street is characterized by unique, locally owned shops, restaurants, and other businesses and organizations housed in architecturally significant buildings from the early 1900s. On the outskirts of town, the natural beauty of Lake Pennesseewassee, Ordway Grove, Witt Swamp, Alan Day Community Garden, and the Roberts Farm Preserve serves both residents and visitors.

This scenic village of about 5,000 residents was designated a “Main Street Maine” community in 2002 in honor of its character and historic assets, and the potential to build a thriving downtown upon these virtues. The Main Street Approach™ is a comprehensive incremental approach that advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of downtown districts, based on their traditional asssets: unique architecture, personal service, local ownership, and a sense of community.


Norway Downtown was featured in the Downtown Research & Development Center’s newsletter for its dedication to preserving historic buildings. To learn more, click here.