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Off-the-grid living. Maybe you've always wanted to give it try. Maybe you think it's only for conspiracy theorists with apocalypse bunkers in their backyards.

Whichever side you're on, Maine and a town called Andover present unique opportunities for a robust type of lifestyle. Opportunities, as in there's simply not a lot of anything in the area beside trees.

In 2017, a small team at NEWS CENTER Maine planned a Maine road trip to top all road trips. The result is Maine by the Mile, a seven-part series highlighting unique places in Maine that aren’t the first ones you’ll find in guidebooks but are definitely worth checking out.

Welcome to Andover.

(app users: Maine by the Mile: E6 'Andover')

Fast facts βœ“

- First settled in 1789, Andover became a town in 1804

- Andover Earth Station was one of the first satellite earth stations

- Built by AT&T in 1961, station was used to communicate with Telstar 1 satellite

- Crossed by the 2,200-mile long Appalachian Trail

- Birthplace of financial analyst Henry Varnum Poor, founder of Standard & Poor's

Episode locations πŸ“

- Camp Winona at Skyline Ridge (Andover)

- Devil's Den

- Little Red Hen Diner (Andover)

- Dutch Treat Dairy Foods (Wilton)

Β» Five things to know before you go πŸ’‘

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Road trip gallery πŸ“Έ

(app users: Photos: Maine by the Mile | E6 - Andover)

Get there from here

By car πŸš— :

- From northern Maine, head south on Route 11 or I-95 to Stacyville, continue on I-95 to exit 132 in Fairfield, head west on Route 139, continue onto Route 2 in Norridgewock, join Route 156 west in Farmington Falls, turn left onto Route 2/17 in Dryden, turn left onto Black Bridge Road in Hale, turn right onto Route 120 west and continue to Andover

- From eastern Maine, head west on Route 189 or north on Route 191 to Route 1 in Machias, turn right onto Route 192 north, turn left onto Route 9 in Wesley, continue on Routes 46 and 1A through Brewer and onto I-395, merge onto I-95 and travel to exit 132 in Fairfield, head west on Route 139, continue onto Route 2 in Norridgewock, join Route 156 west in Farmington Falls, turn left onto Route 2/17 in Dryden, turn left onto Black Bridge Road in Hale, turn right onto Route 120 west and continue to Andover

- From southern Maine, head north on Routes 202 and 26 or Routes 107, 25 and 2 to Hanover, then take Route 5 north to Andover

By bus 🚌 :

- Doesn't quite service the immediate Andover area, but if you're around Sunday River, located about a half-hour southwest, the Mountain Explorer offers local shuttling

By plane ✈ :

- Zinck Airport (FAA LID: 90ME), located less than 13 miles southeast of Andover in Rumford, is a private use airport managed by Phillip Zinck (207-364-2654)

- Bethel Regional Airport (FAA LID: 0B1) located in Bethel, about 15 miles south of Andover, is a public use airport owned by the town offering on-demand service via Linear Air

By train πŸš†:

- No service available

Lodging options

Dining spots