Peoples and Cultures of Aroostook

Aroostook County has long been famous for its greatest resource – its people. Known for their generous spirit and down home hospitality, County residents welcome friends and visitors alike with warmth that is not easily found elsewhere. They are proud of their rural heritage and are eager to share their knowledge of and love for the area. No matter where you choose to explore, our landscapes and communities will certainly exceed your expectations.

Communities embracing this old world lifestyle are becoming more common in the Crown of Maine in recent years. Learn More >>

Prior to 1820, Maine was a district of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and for English settlers looking to homestead without moving west, Maine was a great opportunity. Learn More >>

French Acadians
The first settlers to come to this region, the French Acadians settled on the banks of the St. John River near today's Madawaska. To best experience the full impact of this culture on the region we invite you to attend the annual Acadian Festival. Learn More >>

Native American Tribes
Aroostook County is home to two federally recognized Native American tribes, the Micmac and Maliseet bands have their tribal governments located in Presque Isle and Houlton respectively. Learn More >>

Irish & Scotch Irish
Beginning in the early 1700s the Irish and Scotch Irish began immigrating to North America establishing some of their first permanent settlements in the State of Maine. Learn More >>

Maine's Swedish Colony
The Swedish culture is still vibrant within the Colony with its food festivals. The colony is comprised primarily of the communities of New Sweden, Stockholm, Woodland, Perham, and Westmanland. Learn More >>

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