All About Gray
Gray is a quintessential New England town, full of history and charm. A four season destination with lakes, hiking trails, cross country skiing trails, golf, and antique shops, Gray has something for everyone!
At the intersection of state Routes 4, 26, 100, 115, 202 and Maine Turnpike exit 63 – all providing ready access to a wide variety of nearby activities and attractions – the Town of Gray is truly at the heart of it all.
Although Gray is a small community, almost 40% of Maine’s population is within a 30 mile radius. Portland, Lewiston/Auburn, Brunswick and Freeport are just minutes away. Gray is home to over 200 businesses ranging from a local ice cream shop to a state-of-the art prototype manufacturing facility located in the Northbrook Business and Industrial Park.
Gray is also home to the Maine Wildlife Park, Libby Hill Forest Trails, and the Spring Meadows Golf Course.
Gray’s population of approximately 7,700 inhabit 46 square miles, more than 90% of which is pristine rural forest land and lake water. Gray waterfront properties are found on Little Sebago, Crystal, and Forest Lakes. (source: https://www.graymaine.org/about-gray)
Things To Do In Gray:
Come Spend A Day In Gray!
Gray is a perfect home base for your visit to southern Maine.
The quintessential New England town is full of history and charm. Among the many activities to explore, you will find:
- Picturesque Libby Hill Forest with miles of hiking and cross country skiing trails;
- The superb Spring Meadows Golf Course & Country Club
- The Maine Wildlife Park
- Over 100 Geocaches within about a five mile radius of the center of Gray Village
- The ruins of the Mayall Woolen Mill, the first successful water-powered woolen mill in North America
- Maine’s Unknown Confederate Soldier
- The Dry Mills School House Museum, dating back to the 1700s;
- Dozens of historic homes and buildings (source: https://www.graymaine.org/visitor-center)
The Town of Gray has three buildings and a historic district that are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
- Dry Mills Schoolhouse
The Dry Mills Schoolhouse is Gray’s last remaining one-room schoolhouse in town. Built in 1857, the schoolhouse is located on Game Farm Road and entered on to the National Register in 1996. The building and museum are maintained by the Dry Mills Schoolhouse Committee.
- Freeman Farm/Stonehedge
A historic district at 342 West Gray Road and entered on to the National Register in 2003. It is privately owned.
- Pennell Institute
Also known as Pennell School, the building is located on Lewiston Road in Gray Village and was entered on to the National Register in 1982.
- Stimson Memorial Hall
The building is located at 4 Shaker Road in Gray Village and was entered on to the National Register in 1992. (source: https://www.graymaine.org/history/pages/historical-sites)
Education in Gray
About Gray Educational System
Gray and New Gloucester formed MSAD 15 in 1962. The District has three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, as follows:
- James W. Russell School, located in the center of Gray, has 250 K to 2nd grade students.
- Memorial School, located in upper New Gloucester, has 185 K to 2nd grade students.
- Burchard A. Dunn School, located near the Pineland Campus in New Gloucester, has 90 Pre-K and 320 3rd and 4th grade students.
- GNG Middle School, located in northwest Gray, has 615 5th to 8th grade students.
- GNG High School, located next to the Middle School, has 540 9th to 12th grade students.
MSAD 15 has a rich variety of educational programs and systems of support to address the needs of all learners. GNG High School is proud to offer 40 International Baccalaureate courses in six curriculum areas. Our Alternative Education program supports students in grades 10 through 12 with focus on credit recovery, community service and cooperative education. High School students in grades 11 and 12 can enroll in a variety of courses at the Portland Arts & Technology High School. The District’s elementary and middle schools have implemented successful jumpstart programs that support students entering the school year at grade level. Response to Intervention is a strong focus in all of our schools. MSAD 15 also sponsors a wide variety of co-curricular activities and athletics which enhance student engagement.
MSAD 15 has invested in one-to-one technology for students in grades 5 through 12, and classrooms at all schools are equipped with multiple devices. An integration specialist works with all schools to maximize the benefits of technology as a tool for learning. (source: http://www.msad15.org/our-schools/)
History of Gray:
Gray is rich in history!
The area was granted on March 27, 1736 by the Massachusetts General Court to a group from Boston. In 1737, the township was laid out and roads cleared, with the first settlers arriving in the spring of 1738. But during the ongoing French and Indian War, the settlement was attacked in the spring of 1745 by Indians and resettled again in 1751. The town had been without a name until about 1756, when it began to be called New Boston. On June 19, 1778, New Boston Plantation was incorporated as Gray after Thomas Gray, a proprietor.
Gray has a number of historic landmarks and buildings within its borders. Pennell Institute is a still standing school building that was built in 1876. The school was considered one of the finest free high schools of its kind in all of New England and is a cornerstone of Gray. In 2009-2010, the Pennell Institute was renovated to house Gray’s municipal departments under one roof. This newly renovated Town Hall, aptly renamed the “Henry Pennell Municipal Complex” opened in late summer 2010.
Along Collyer Brook, Samuel Mayall established in 1791 the first successful water-powered woolen mill in North America. Brick ruins and a thick stone wall are all that remains at the site today. (source: https://www.graymaine.org/history)
Check out Gray’s Neighborhood
Gray is a somewhat small town located in the state of Maine. With a population of 8,115 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Gray is the 37th largest community in Maine.
One downside of living in Gray is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Gray, the average commute to work is 30.32 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
Gray is very much a car-oriented town. This is because the population of Gray isn’t large enough or dense enough to support an extensive public transit system. It has a lot of rural roads, and the distance between houses can be quite large, which together tends to discourage walking and bicycling to work. 87.12% of residents commute to work in their own car (and the drive is typically to a job out of town). People also tend to drive out of town for other services as well, such as shopping, doctors appointments, and more.
As is often the case in a small town, Gray doesn’t have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The people who call Gray home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gray residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Gray include French , Irish, Scottish, and Italian. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/me/gray)