AN AREA RICH IN RESOURCES
While the SRBA represents the entire region of the upper
Sandy River, enterprises in the town of Phillips and its
adjacent communities, Avon and Madrid, comprise the
bulk of our membership.
The area we represent abounds in resources, not the least of which is the river itself and its potential for recreational activities, including fishing, boating, and swimming. The landscape is varied and rugged, lending to Northern Franklin County the name High Peaks Region because 10 of the state’s 14 highest mountains are in the immediate vicinity. Phillips is home to the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad, one of the few remaining narrow gauge railroads in the state of Maine.
Phillips has a library, a car repair shop, a busy Community Center, an active arts society, two churches, a post office, an elementary school, a number of civic organizations, a farmers’ market, a pizza and sandwich shop, a small cafe, four antiques shops, a B&B, a large supermarket, and one of the best historical society collections in the state, housed in the old Vose House. Neighboring Avon has a small airport and next-door Madrid also has a B&B.eighboring Avon has a small airport and next-door Madrid also has a B&B.
While the town is rich in activities such as a series of well-attended Celtic Concerts, Welcome to Summer, and Fall Fest – its signature event is Old Home Days, a week of activities in August that attracts several thousand people to the town.
Phillips is growing. During this past summer alone, several new businesses opened in town. While much of the economy of the area involves logging, lumbering or farming, the town also supports scores of small home-based businesses, a number of active artisans, and numerous service providers.
All of this provides the proof necessary that the spirit of community and love of home is alive and well in the mountains of Western Maine.