Belgrade, located northwest of Augusta, was incorporated in 1796. The sixty square miles of the town are largely composed of lakes, streams, and wetlands. In the summer months, the idyllic town’s population nearly doubles when part-year residents return to their cottages and seasonal camps along the many scenic lakes and streams.
For those who enjoy fishing, Belgrade’s five lakes and their inlet and outlet streams offer several species of fish. Boaters will find plenty of water surface to cruise on from morning to night. Nature lovers will also be delighted by the opportunities to bird watch and spot the many species that call Maine home. As former farmland reverts to tree growth, deer, moose, and birds have become more plentiful for people to enjoy.
When first settled, the citizens of Belgrade were mostly farmers or worked in grist and lumber mills. Now, there is only one working farm remaining in Belgrade, and employment in town is limited. Belgrade has become what many call a “bedroom community” composed of people who reside in Belgrade but work elsewhere. Small businesses such as restaurants and country stores provide a few year round jobs, and rental cottages, boys and/or girls camps, marinas, and a golf course add part-time positions in the summer.