Historic York

Historic York

The Town of York was incorporated in 1652 making it the 2nd oldest town in the State of Maine. Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Lord Proprietor of Maine envisioned a great city arising from the wilderness.  

As provincial capital and site of the King's Prison, York became a prosperous community.  Wharves and warehouses serviced trade with the West Indies.  Agricultural products and lumber were shipped in exchange for sugar, molasses and other commodities.  York has many historical buildings attesting to it's rich heritage.  The Old York Historical Society Museum buildings include:

  • Jefferd's Tavern- A 1754 restored hostelry which now houses the Visitor Center
  • Old School House-An authentic one-room schoolhouse
  • Emerson-Wilcox House-Originally a sea captain's house, later becoming a tavern, tailor shop and the Post Office
  • The Old Gaol-the oldest public building from the colonial era in this country, served as a jail from 1719-1860
  • Ramsdell House-one of Maine's earliest homes focusing on the everyday life of an average family in Old York
  • Elizabeth Perkins House-located on the York River at Sewall's Bridge houses collections from around the world, beautiful riverside gardens
  • John Hancock Warehouse-located on the York River depicting York's seafaring history is the only remaining commercial building from the colonial era
  • The George Marshall Store Gallery-once served as the General Store now displaying art by local artists
  • Steedman Woods-a 17 acre natural woodland to be kept forever wild for the enjoyment of all

"Every landmark holds a story‚Ķ"      Elizabeth Bishop Perkins

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