Franklin, Maine, part of Down East Hancock County and incorporated on January 24, 1825, is northeast of Ellsworth, the main commercial center of the county and often referred to as the gateway to Acadia National Park and Down East Maine. From Ellsworth, you would head east on U.S. Route 1 then go north on Route 182. From Sullivan on U.S. Route 1, you would take Route 200 north. Franklin lies at the junction of these two Routes.
This small quiet village is on the north side of Hog Bay and Taunton Bay so there are several beautiful views. Some of the roads leading north of the village provide commanding views of blueberry fields and the mountains on Mount Desert Island, home to the majority of Acadia National Park. Schoodic Peninsula, the only part of Acadia National Park located on the mainland, is to the southeast via Route 200, U.S. Route 1, and Route 186.
According to the year 2000 census, Franklin had a population of 1,370. It covers approximately 41.7 square miles. The main products produced are blueberries, ship masts, and granite.
Schoodic Region Vacation Rentals, Lodging, etc.
Chamber of Commerce:
P.O. Box 381, Winter Harbor, ME 04693
Municipal Business: (207) 565-3323
74 Hog Bay Road, Franklin, ME 04634
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