History, Community and Culture in the Hills

Welcome to Downtown Norway

Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Western Maine, the town of Norway is emerging as a vital cultural and commercial center.

Its bustling Main Street is characterized by unique, locally owned shops, restaurants, and other businesses housed in architecturally significant buildings from the early 1900s. On the outskirts of town you’ll find the natural beauty of Lake Pennesseewassee, Ordway Grove, Witt Swamp, and the Roberts Farm Preserve.

This scenic village of about 5,000 residents was designated a “Main Street Maine” community in 2002 honor of its character and historic assets, and the potential to build a thriving downtown upon these virtues. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon lunch, shopping, a yoga class, a massage and a haircut, entertainment, a family vacation, or a place to put down some roots, Norway beckons.


Norway Downtown was featured in the Downtown Research & Development Center’s newsletter for our dedication to preserving historic buildings. To learn more, click here.


The Gingerbread House, one of Norway's most unique buildings, is the focus of a restoration and historic preservation effort. To learn more about the history of the building, and the plans to save the house, click here.