The community of Whiting, Maine, is a small town in Washington County on the eastern coast of the state. The town was named for Timothy Whiting, an early settler in the area. Whiting is a small town, covering an area of only about 52 square miles and housing about 500 residents. The greater Washington County area, however, covers more than 3,200 square miles and is home to a population nearing 33,000. Washington County is often referred to as the “Sunrise County” because it is the first county to see the sunrise in all 48 contiguous United States. Throughout Washington County, you will find many small-scale fishing communities, and tourism is a key part of the local economy.
Another fun fact about Whiting and the Washington County area is that nearly 85 percent of the world’s blueberry supply comes from Washington County. When you hear the phrase “Maine blueberries,” it is probably referring to Washington County. Also in the area, you will find plenty of local history. In fact, the county is home to just under 100 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.