Town named for Amos Patten, a resident of Bangor, Maine, who purchased Township No. 4, Range 6, in 1828 for its timber supply. After hiring Ira Fish, Eli Kellogg and Samuel Wiggin to survey the land, both asked Patten for permission to build their homes in the region. Patten was first organized as a plantation and then incorporated in 1841 given its name. A Congregational Church was organized during the same year. A town history can be found on the Patten website at www.pattenmaine.org
Patten Academy opened in 1847 with 61 students. Today Patten students attend Katahdin Elementary and Katahdin Middle/High School in Stacyville as part of Regional School Unit 89. Patten Lumbermen’s Museum founded in 1962 features nine buildings that represent a nationally recognized collection of lumbering artifacts. Located on the Shin Pond Road also known as Route 159. Some items on display include a Lombard Steam Hauler, vintage chain-saws, tractors, and logging tools. The buildings represent lumbering camps that dotted the region in the 1800’s. For more information go to www.lumber mensmuseum.org Bradford Farm located at 46 Main Street in Patten and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003. It includes a nearly intact farm with buildings dating back to the 1840’s. It’s now being used as a bed and breakfast known as the Bradford House Bed and Breakfast.
Patten Pioneer Days held during the second week in August feature a variety of events, barbeques, suppers, children’s games and fireworks. Part of Pioneer Days, Bean Hole Bean Day celebrates Patten Lumbermen’s Museum’s importance to the area and the community and features bean hole beans, red hot dogs, coleslaw and Lumbermen’s coffee. Fiddlehead Festival held each year on April 3 at the Lumbermen’s museum and features the Maine delicacy. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument established in 2016 preserving more than 87,500 acres along the East Branch of the Penobscot River. The waterway is a traditional transportation route of the Wabnacki people as well as instrumental in the region’s logging his-tory. Patten is established as the main gateway located on the Swift Brook Road in Stacyville.
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Population: 988 (2018)
Area: 38.25 square miles
Median Household Income: $29,450 (2019)
Mil Rate: 21.65%
School System: Katahdin Elementary School
805 Station Rd., Stacyville • 207-365-4285
Katahdin Middle/High School • 800 Station Rd., Stacyville • 207-365-4218 Government System: Board of Selectmen
Trash: Northern Katahdin Valley Waste, 146 Dyer Brook Rd, Dyer Brook • 207-757-8700
Hours: Tuesday 9am – 4pm, Wednesday • 11am – 2pm, Saturday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Water: Town water & private wells
Sewer: Town sewer & private septic systems
Crime Rate: Low
Town Office: located at 21 Katahdin Street, Patten, ME 04765; 207-528-2215; open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4:30pm; closed Thursday. Contact the town office via email at clerk@ pattenmaine.org. Board of selectmen meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the town garage next to the town office on Katahdin Street.