Oxford County (pop. 57,833) borders New Hampshire on the west and Quebec on the north. It’s the only Oxford County in the U.S.; Ontario and New Zealand also have Oxford counties.
Oxford County is known for its scenic covered bridges and summer camps. Wyonegonic Camp for Girls (1902) is the nation’s oldest continuously operated girls’ camp.
Oxford County has towns named Denmark, Mexico, Norway, Peru, and Sweden.
Norway (pop. 5,104) was once known as “The Snowshoe Capital of the World” because of the many snowshoes manufactured there.
The county seat of Oxford County is the town of Paris (pop. 5,183). The courthouse and commercial district are within the census-designated place of South Paris, which is within the town boundary of Paris.
The Village of Bryant Pond had the last hand-crank telephone exchange in the U.S. (until 1983). In commemoration, Bryant Pond now has a 3,000-pound telephone sculpture on display.
Ski resorts in Oxford County include Sunday River (1959) and Black Mountain of Maine (1962).
The town of Rumford (pop. 5,841) has been known for its paper industry since the late 19th century. Pennacook Falls is on the Androscoggin River in Rumford.
Edmund Muskie (1914-1996) was born in Rumford. He was governor of Maine, senator from Maine, and secretary of state under President Jimmy Carter.
The town of Fryeburg (pop. 3,449) hosts the annual Fryeburg Fair – Maine’s largest agricultural fair.
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