Comprised of the commercial districts of Norway, Oxford, and Paris, the County seat, and complimented by the outlying incorporated towns of Buckfield, Harrison, Hartford, Hebron, Otisfield, Sumner, Waterford and West Paris, the Oxford Hills region stretches from the borders of Lewiston-Auburn to the Mountains and Lakes Regions in Western Maine. Oxford Hills has mountains and more than ten lakes and ponds, all of which are havens for boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and more!
Oxford Hills’ economy developed around agriculture and traditional manufacturing based on wood products. Paris, for example, was noted for scenic beauty and excellent pasturage, including some of the state’s best livestock and dairy farms. Norway was once called the Snowshoe Capital of the World because of the many snowshoes manufactured there. The Tubbs Snowshoe Company, a venerable name in the recreation industry, was established in Norway and made snowshoes, skis, sleds and furniture.
Today, the region’s economy is diversified and includes tourism and recreation in addition to agriculture and manufacturing. The commercial and business hub of the region—the towns of Oxford, Norway and Paris—is where the larger employers in the region are located, including Norway Savings Bank, New Balance, Grover Gundrilling, Maine Machine Products, Bancroft Contracting, and several modular housing distributors and dealers, including KBS Building Systems, and the new Oxford Casino. Stephens Memorial Hospital, the largest hospital in the County, is in Norway.