At the turn of the century, Rumford was a hub for western Maine. The mill, which opened in the late 1890s, attracted workers — citizens and immigrants alike — to the town on the Androscoggin River. Because of the influx, Rumford’s traditional meeting place in Rumford Center eventually became too small to house the annual town meeting.

To accommodate the growth, Rumford Town Hall was built in 1916.

The colonial revival-style building was designed by Harry S. Coombs and constructed in 16 months by P.F. Moreau of Auburn. The hall boasts original curly birch, curly maple and cherry woodwork throughout its two-and-a-half stories.

The auditorium on the topmost floor was the site of many events in town, including high school graduations, boxing matches and a visit by former President William Howard Taft, who spoke there in 1917. Now, the auditorium is home to city council meetings and historical exhibits.

Rumford Town Hall was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1980s.


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