York’s History and Culture
“As one of the earliest English settlements in the country, York became the seat of government for the Province of Maine and thrived as a center of maritime commerce.
Through the centuries, York has remained a destination for people seeking refuge in its natural beauty and pace of life. These qualities continue to captivate visitors with the beauty, culture and history of the area.
Come to Old York and let us engage you in an afternoon, a day, or a lifetime of coastal Maine’s heritage.”
from Museums of Old York
York Maine Area Museums, Historical Sites
George Marshall Store Gallery
Contemporary art in a general store built in 1867.
Just a short walk from the Inn is this wonderful gallery.
Museum link: Here
This rambling, gabled structure was the summer home of Mary Perkins and her daughter, Elizabeth, in 1898. The Perkins women transformed the house into an evocative environment of old time New England that still contains their interiors and possessions.
First settled by Englishman Edward Godfrey in the early 1630s, this 17 acre woodland was given to Old York in 1978 by C. Richard Steedman to be kept forever wild for the enjoyment of the residents of York.
Trails connect York Village to York Harbor by crossing the Wiggly Bridge, one of the smallest suspension bridges in the United States.
Strawbery Banke Museum, in Portsmouth, NH
Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history to life.
Strawbery Banke is a place to learn about architecture, heritage plants and foodways, traditional crafts and the tools, clothing and collections people used for everyday life in the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s and up through 1954 when the site was saved from urban renewal.
Seashore Trolley Museum, in Kennebunkport
The Seashore Trolley Museum was founded in 1939 with one open trolley car, No. 31 from the Biddeford & Saco Railroad Company.
Over the years thousands of members have followed the founding fathers by helping the Museum grow to be the premier electric railway museum in the world.
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