The Town of Jay, Maine
Jay is nestled in a valley formed by the Androscoggin River in Southern Franklin County. That geographical fact led the area to become a hotbed of industry during the industrial revolution. The Androscoggin provided power for a multitude of mills and factories, and while industry remains a strong part of Jay's past, the town retains a rural feel. With a population of just under 5,000 Jay has kept the small-town characteristics that make Western Maine an ideal place to live, work, and raise a family.
Jay boasts a very active civic atmosphere, with 2 Veteran's Organizations, an Historical Society, many churches, a Youth Organization, a Paper and Heritage Museum, Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary, just to name a few.
Located right on the edge of the western mountains and at the gateway to the major ski areas, Jay has access to abundant recreational activities. Right here in town there is French Falls recreational area, a ball field in the summer that is flooded and maintained for ice skating in winter; Spruce Mountain Ski Slope, a tri-municipality ski area; tennis courts located at the Elementary School; and a Rail Trail Snowmobile/ATV/Hiking system, spanning a distance of 14 miles from Jay to Farmington. The Androscoggin River itself provides opportunities for excellent fishing, and is the venue for many fishing tournaments. Canoes and kayaks are a common site, as local folk are using the river for recreation as never before.
North Jay White Granite Park
North Jay boasts a now-idle granite quarry that for decades provided high-quality white granite for buildings throughout New England , including the city hall in Portland . A walking path in a neighboring orchard provides the opportunity to view this site. The Paper making industry and the granite quarry attracted a diverse ethnic background that has survived for over 200 years and provides a rich environment.
Fun on the Androscoggin during the Source to Sea Trek
The Town of Jay is in the process of developing a volunteer program to benefit the community. We are partnering with the United Way and Service Enterprise Points of Light to strengthen the Towns capacity to attract volunteers with the skills needed to address community needs. If you are interested in being a part of this, please contact the Town Office at 897-6785. Examples of ways you might help your community include: developing the volunteer program, adopt-a-spot, gardening, seasonal recreational opportunities, volunteering on boards and committees and many other local opportunities. Be on the lookout for more information on this.
The Town Report for the year ending June 30th, 2015 is available
Download the 2015 Town Report
Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC)
Is available here
Contact the Jay Town Office for information on Board Vacancies: 897-6785.