Tucked into the rolling hills between Lovell, Bridgton and Waterford, Sweden is only a short distance from any where, but feels like another world. A quiet town, Sweden is known for its country roads, stone walls and scenic vistas. A new post and beam town office, Sweden Historical Society, Blacksmith Shop Museum in the old school house, Town Meeting House and Sweden Community Church are located near the crossroads of Route 93, Waterford Road and Webber Pond Road. Five ponds, including the northern end of Moose Pond, provide opportunities for small boat activities. Public boat launches are available at Keyes Pond and Stearns Pond and there is a public beach at Keyes (rhymes with “eyes”).
About 325 people make their homes in the 29 square miles of Sweden. Educational opportunities are through MSAD 72 in Fryeburg. Residents participate in recreational events offered by surrounding towns. Two seasonal residential camps and agriculture aid the economy of the town.
Sweden’s Stone Walls – The ubiquitous stonewalls found along the scenic roads of Sweden, many of which were built between 1810 and 1840, serve as monuments to our ancestors and home to the woodland ecosystem. These rustic granite walls and fences, which alternate between sturdiness and disrepair, speak of abandoned pastures, plowing for agriculture and boundary markers. Stonewall detectives enjoy exploring the back roads and learning more about the history of this rural town.