It took several years to establish a true settlement in the Town. The Town was dense forest and roads and tillable fields had to be established to sustain families year round. The first industry included sawmills and gristmills along the Saco River. The Salmon Falls area was developed first and the West Buxton (Moderation Falls) area became a thriving village. By the 1800’s Buxton boasted several saw mills, woolen mills, tanneries, coopers, blacksmiths, grocery stores, clothing stores, a wool-carding mill and many farms. During the 1850 – 1860’s the railroad came to Buxton.
During the last 235 years the Town has changed considerably but has continued to retain its rural characteristics. Buxton is a sought after community to live and raise a family. We encourage everyone to visit the Town of Buxton which is a thriving community with a very rich history.