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A Gem of a Town

By Linda Tancs

Scenic Norway, Maine, is a gem of a town–literally.  The little village in the heart of the Oxford Hills region boasts a gemstone quarry where you can mine for tourmaline, quartz, rose quartz or crystal.  No surprise that it’s called a gemstone capital of the state.  Another hidden gem (pun intended) is the town’s illustrious history as the center of snowshoe production.  Its once thriving industry earned it the moniker, “Snowshoe Capital of the World,” its goods even reaching the North Pole thanks to the Peary expedition of 1909.  Ready for a treasure hunt?  Then head for the hills.

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