Orono is a small town next to Veazie, ME and right up Stillwater Road from Bangor Mall. A neat small town with lovely old homes, it is also the home of the University of Maine. The University of Maine was established as the Maine College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts under the provisions of the Morrill Act, approved by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. This was during the time of the Civil War. In 1897 the original name changed to the University of Maine. The institution opened September 21, 1868 with 12 students and two faculty members. Currently at UMaine with 11,168 total undergraduate and graduate students, there are 88 bachelor’s degree programs, 70 master’s degree programs, and 30 doctoral programs. Their library is ranked among the top in the country, they have one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Honors programs, now the Honors College, and their students enjoy hands-on research, even at the undergraduate level.
Also located in Orono is the original Pat’s Pizza. C.D. “Pat” Farnsworth opened Farnsworth’s Cafe in Orono, Maine in July 1931. Pat’s dream was backed by $175.00, long hours and hard work. Because of his efforts, Pat saw the cafe, which originally sold ice cream and confections, become a full service restaurant. In 1953 Pat added pizza to his menu. The fresh dough pizza, topped with a special sauce developed by Pat and his wife Fran, were an instant success. Pat’s change in the menu transformed Farnsworth Cafe into Pat’s Pizza. Pat Farnsworth passed away on February 3, 2003 at the age of 90. His work ethic and philosophies live on in each of 15 locations. So we had to follow tradition and try a pizza. Yum – best thin crust I’d had in many years and your choice of toppings makes each one unique. They also have their own Root Beer. How cool is that?