All About Windham
Windham is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States.It includes the villages of South Windham and North Windham. It is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Windham and neighboring Raymond are part of a consolidated school district called RSU 14. Windham based schools in the RSU include Windham Primary School (K-3), Manchester School (4-5), Windham Middle School (6-8), and Windham High School (9-12).
Windham is home to several parks and recreation facilities including the town hall, Manchester Primary school, Windham Middle and High schools, as well as several parks. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windham,_Maine)
Windham was originally settled primarily by farmers who came here in the middle of the 1700s. The agricultural lifestyle continued through most of the town’s history until the industrial age. Several wars and many societal changes have created the town we know today which is primarily residential and includes a large commercial center. (source: https://www.windhamhistorical.org/)
Things To Do In Windham:
Come Spend A Day In Windham!
Windham’s parks and preserves offer a wide variety of activity opportunities for just about every interest. Swimming, paddling, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, skateboarding, and much more.
- Claman Sanctuary
- Deer Hollow / Mud Pond
- Donnabeth Lippman Park
- Dundee Park
- Lowell Preserve
- Lowell Preserve Playground
- Mtn. Division Trail
- Otterbrook Sanctuary
- Windham Skatepark
Education in Windham
About Windham Educational System
RSU 14 serves the beautiful Sebago Lakes communities of Windham and Raymond, which are located twenty minutes from Portland and thirty minutes from the cities of Lewiston/Auburn.
- Windham High School
- Manchester School
- Katahdin Program
- Windham Middle School
- Windham Primary School
- Windham Raymond Adult Education
- Jordan Small Middle School
- Raymond Elementary School
History of Windham:
Windham is rich in history!
The township was granted in 1734 by the Massachusetts General Court to Abraham Howard, Joseph Blaney and 58 others from Marblehead, Massachusetts. In 1737, New Marblehead Plantation was settled by Captain Thomas Chute. By order of the Massachusetts General Court, a fort was built in spring of 1744 on a hill in the southern part of town near the early center of settlement to offer protection during King George’s War. A 50-foot square blockhouse constructed of 12-inch thick hewn hemlock had an overhanging second story with firing ports and two swivel guns in watch posts on diagonal corners. The blockhouse was surrounded by a stockade wall of 12-inch diameter log posts 16 feet long. The single gate through the stockade wall was covered by a 4.2-inch (11 cm) bore 9-pounder cannon within the blockhouse.
The town’s inhabitants took shelter in the stockade between 1745 and 1751. The last Indian attack on the town occurred on May 14, 1756. New Marblehead Plantation was incorporated on June 12, 1762 as Windham, named for Wymondham in Norfolk, England.Windham Minutemen marched to Portland in response to the Burning of Falmouth on 18 October 1775 and sixteen men were drafted from the town for the Penobscot Expedition. Thirteen Windham men are reported as being members of the Continental Armywith George Washington’s American Revolutionary War winter encampment at Valley Forge. Windham’s 9-pounder cannon and one swivel gun from the stockade blockhouse were loaned to Portland in 1775. Portland had refused to surrender these guns to Captain Henry Mowat as he demanded before he burned the town; and they were placed aboard the privateer Reprieve in 1776.
Most of the early inhabitants were farmers, who found the soil loamy and easily worked. Early subdivision of land was in strips perpendicular to the Presumpscot River and Pleasant River. Each landowner cleared the river floodplain for cropland and had river access for transportation to the coast until River Road and Old Gray Road (United States Route 202) were built linking connected farm buildings on high ground adjacent to the floodplain. Windham provided numerous sites for water power, and as early as 1738 a mill was erected at Mallison Falls. Edmund Fowler and Lester Laflin began manufacturing gunpowder at Gambo Falls (near Newhall) in 1817. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windham,_Maine#History)
Check out Windham’s Neighborhood
Windham is a medium-sized town located in the state of Maine. With a population of 18,003 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Windham is the 13th largest community in Maine.
Windham real estate is some of the most expensive in Maine, although Windham house values don’t compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Windham is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Windham is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers.
Windham is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Windham’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children – all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you’re looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Windham is worth considering.
For most residents of Windham, getting to work requires a car. In fact, 90.58% of people in Windham drive alone to work on most days, making Windham a very car-oriented town. In general, car-oriented communities tend to emphasize streets, highways, and ease of parking, often to the detriment of walkability. Strip centers are a feature of Windham’s landscape.
As is often the case in a small town, Windham doesn’t have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The people who call Windham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Windham residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Windham include English, French , Italian, and German. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/me/windham)