Industry is a recreational and bedroom community. The 800-acre Clearwater
Lake is the jewel in the crown of the town, but legend has it that Industry
was named for the character of its people making the founders the real
The town was founded six miles northeast of Farmington along Rt. 43
in 1803 and many of the descendants of those first settlers still live
around the lake.
Like many area communities, Industry's population peaked at more than
1,000 around 1850 but the Civil War and the subsequent move westward
resulted in a population decline.
Clearwater Lake is just that clear. It dominates the town, and provides
a truly four-season recreational area. The lake has a small sandy beach,
reflects Autumn's foliage magnificently and is a haven for ice fishermen,
to say nothing of the brave souls of the Polar Bear Club who take a
dip on Chester Greenwood Day each December. Ice shacks can be found
scattered across the lake during the winter.
Townspeople participate in an annual �ice-out� contest on Clearwater
Lake from March to April . The fire department also hosts a muster,
with skill competition and a chicken barbecue, the first Saturday in
The town has two convenience stores and two churches, Shorey Chapel
and West Mills Community Church.
Town profile: Incorporated in 1803; 685 residents; six miles
northeast of Farmington.
Town offices: Allen¹s Mill Rd., 778-5050, fax 778-2510.
Open 3-7pm Tues. and Thurs.
Selectmen: Every other Thurs., at 6:30pm, town office.
Planning Board: Meets as needed, town office.
Elections: Second Sat. in March at the town office.
Taxes: $10.50 on $1,000 of valuation.
Snow removal: Town
Animal Shelter: Franklin County, 778-2638
Ambulance: 911 (emergency only)
Fire: 911 (emergency only)
Fire Chief: Joseph Paradis, Jr., 778-3556.
Police: 911 (emergency only)
Sheriff's Office: 778-9891
Town Clerk: Trudy Nutting, 778-5050