Steeped in History
York Harbor Maine. Do you enjoy exploring the history of each interesting place that you visit? Are you fascinated by our ancestry and keen to learn more about how they lived? If you long to discover some colonial history, but want to be pampered in an oceanside setting with spectacular meals, then the York Harbor Inn could be the perfect destination for your next retreat.
The town of York, the first town incorporated in Maine, and the Old York Historical Society Museum buildings offer a fascinating tour of 18th and 19th Century settlement. York is one of the most historically well-preserved and documented towns in New England. The first European inhabitants came in the very early 17th century. One of the “can’t miss” stops in Old York is “the Gaol”. This was the first jailhouse in America, built in 1719 as the King’s prison for the Province. It is authentic right down to the stockade in front.
The “Old School House” is an authentic 1745 one-room schoolhouse portraying the modest and severe conditions school children faced. Some of the other fascinating stops in Old York include: Jefferds Tavern – a 1750-century saltbox tavern complete with restored taproom filled with wonderful murals; the Sayward-Wheeler House (1718); the Emerson-Wilcox House – built in 1740 as a private home, which later served as a tavern and post office; the Elizabeth Perkins House – a beautiful 1730 home with manicured grounds. And finally there is the George A. Marshall Store Building – a 19th century General Store situated on the Hancock Wharf (yes, John Hancock himself owned it), which serves today as a gallery for revolving exhibits relating to the history of York.
If you have the opportunity to visit The York Harbor Inn, you are in for a treat!