Augusta, Maine’s capital city, and its neighboring cities and towns are rich in history, culture, industry and commerce. Dozens of lakes and streams, the great Kennebec River and beautiful rolling, forested hills of the Capital Area offer residents and visitors a unique natural environment and a high quality of life. As the seat of state government and a major hub of business and industry, the Capital Area harbors a vibrant economy and offers opportunities for new business development.
Blaine House (Governor's Mansion)
The Blaine House, located on the corner of State and Capitol Streets, was built in the Federalist style in 1833. In 1872, the motif was changed to Victorian & Italian style, and in 1919, noted Maine architect, John Calvin Stevens, remodeled the mansion to a semi-Colonial structure. A gift to the state from Mrs. Harriet Blaine Beal, the house has been the official residence of Maine governors since 1919.
The Capital Area offers a variety of year round recreational activities for residents and visitors alike. Surrounded by more than 30 lakes, ponds, and the Kennebec River, the Capital Area is well suited for activities such as canoeing/ kayaking, boating, swimming, water skiing, sailing, jet skiing, ice skating and fishing. Visitors may rent or buy canoes and kayaks. Public boat landings located on the Kennebec River can be found in Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner, and Richmond as well as on larger lakes in the region. White water rafting along the upper Kennebec and other rivers is organized by rafting companies within the area.
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