Brunswick looks best in winter white. Yes, I know it's "spring," but my town has an offbeat sense of humor. Read the road sign: Maine Street. Brunswick has a population of 20,000, making it the biggest town in Maine. It's a half an hour up the coast from Portland; our biggest city has only 60,000 people.
Brunswick officially became a town in 1717 when Maine was part of Massachusetts. Maine didn't become a state until 1820. Lovely old houses line the town green, which isn't very green at this time of year.
In winter the town green becomes a skating rink.
We are well prepared for winter. Even the sidewalks are plowed and sanded.
Downtown hosts a variety of ethnic restaurants and mom & pop businesses in Hopper style buildings.
There are several art galleries and more artists than I could count. Frosty's bakes fresh "donuts" daily.
Of course there is a barber shop.
The architecture can't have changed much since the 1950s.
Fort Andros, the old cotton mill on the Androscoggin River,
now houses art studios, restaurants, a flea market and the winter farmers' market.
At the other end of town is Bowdoin College, founded in 1794.
My husband teaches British and Japanese Politics in Hubbard Hall.
Mass Hall, the oldest building on campus, houses the English Department.
Another favorite building is Searle's Hall.
The campus has a lovely chapel too.
I love my town!
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