Welcome to Trenton, Maine

The Town of Trenton is located on the last point of mainland before entering Mount Desert Island. As such, it is truly the “Gateway to Acadia”. The Trenton Bridge looks out on a view that has thrilled hundreds of thousands of travelers.

The Town was incorporated in 1789 and was named in honor of George Washington’s battle in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1776 a settlement was organized by Ebenezer Thorndike. The area was variously called Thornbury and Thorndike Plantation until its incorporation. Until 1870 Trenton also included the eastern half of the peninsula, but in that year it was divided when the town of Lamoine was separately incorporated.

Trenton has a long tradition of the sea that continued through the 1800’s as shipbuilding and shipping prevailed in addition to lumbering, farming, and of course lobstering.

The Town of Trenton welcomes you to Down East Maine.

Primary Election Tuesday March 5th

  Polls are open from 8am – 8pm.
The Trenton Town Office will be closed for regular business on March 5th.
Staff will be working the Primary Election.


March 20, 2024 – 7:00 p.m.
Trenton Town Office

 Public Hearing is scheduled for 20 March 2024 @7pm in the Trenton Town Office to take comments on proposed changes to the Trenton Land Use Ordinance relating to Solar. Copies of the proposed changes are available for pick up at the Trenton Town Office.  Interested parties should plan to attend.

View Article III Draft

View Article VIII Draft

Nomination Papers are available

NOMINATION PAPERS are available February 9th for the following positions: 2 Select Board Members (3 year term) and 2 School Board seats (3 year term).

Papers available at the Town Office during regular business hours. Required minimum of 25 signatures with papers due back at the Town Office no later than March 22nd, 2024 by 1:00 p.m.

Voting will be on Monday May 20th 2024 at the Town Office, from 2pm to 6pm. Open Town Meeting continues on May 21st at 6pm at the Trenton School.

Burn Permits

Burn Permits for burning within the Town of Trenton, Maine

The State of Maine site: maineburnpermit.com is available and is free of charge. It is also the best option to obtain a burn permit. It is imperative that you read and follow all the instructions on the Burn Permit. These include but, not limited to: Size of the fire allowed, burning times allowed, and what is allowed to be burned.

Trenton Burn Permit Info (PDF)

Marriage Licenses

Applying for a marriage license takes anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour. To avoid wait time, the Town Office recommends you call ahead and set up an appointment. At that time you should also check on the documents you may need when making out the forms. This will save you time and we will be able serve you better. Thank you.

For more information and the documents you may need see Maine.gov.