Eliot

Eliot, an old New England town with a rural landscape, is ideally situated along the northern shore of the Piscataqua River, which forms the Maine-New Hampshire boundary.  Located just minutes from historic Portsmouth, NH, it is surrounded by Maine’s southernmost town, Kittery, the quickly growing town of South Berwick, and the picturesque town of York.  

Originally part of Kittery, Eliot was known as the Upper Parish, but incorporated as an independent town in 1810.  It has since been the site of many significant events in the history of New England.  Eliot was home to the Hanscom Shipyard, where the clipper ship Nightingale was built.  The 747-ton Elizabeth Hamilton and the Nightingale were launched from Eliot’s shores, as were numerous smaller craft.  It has its own unique style with many fine examples of New England architecture among its homes and public buildings.  Buildings of historical interest include the William Fogg Library, the William Fogg House, the Dr. Willis Homestead (1725), and the 1768 Libby Home, a former roadside tavern.  Eliot was the site of the first Quaker Meeting House in 1776, and it is also the international home of the Baha’I faith.

Eliot, along with its neighbor South Berwick, comprise the Marshwood School District. These two picturesque towns share long histories in ship building, brick making, farming, lumbering and fishing and actively used the Piscataqua River to move their commodities via gundalows to market.  You can see a replica of a gundalow during the summer months at various wharfs throughout the region.    

Eliot retains the flavor of a classic New England village, offering a charming village green and excellent schools.  Residents enjoy Eliot’s natural charm throughout the year at its many parks. Boating, cross-country skiing, ice skating, skate-boarding, volleyball, and horse shoes are just a few of the many leisure activities offered.  You can launch your boat into the Piscataqua River at "Dead Duck", Eliot’s public boat launch.  Although formally called the Eliot Boat Basin, to locals, the beach is affectionately known as Dead Duck.  Offering a large covered pavilion, picnic tables, playground, large grassy field, and well- kept walking trails, Dead Duck is a favorite local hot spot.  Walking along the trails, you can see the ruins of what appears to have been a small house, as well as a small cemetery with graves dating back to the Civil War.  In addition, Dead Duck hosts Eliot's antique car show each year. Frost Tufts Park offers a playground, basketball court, tennis courts, baseball field, and picnic tables for public use, as well as a Pavilion available for rent. During, the last weekend in September, the Eliot community celebrates its heritage with Eliot Festival Days which includes a parade, road race, chili-fest, fireworks at Dead Duck, food booths, and games. The Friends of the William Fogg Library offer an annual October Fest in early October. This popular Eliot event features exciting children’s activities, great food, a pie contest, and a silent auction.  

 

Town Statistics

Population: Approximately 6,298
Land area: 20.3 square miles
County: York
County Seat: Alfred
Tax rate: $14.05 / thousand for 2016-2017
% of Value: 100%

 

Office/Department

Phone Number

Clerk

207-439-1817

Code Enforcement Office

207-439-1813

Fire Dept. (emergency)

9-1-1

Fire Dept. (non-emergency)

207-439-1253

Police Dept. (emergency)

9-1-1

Police Dept. (non-emergency)

207-439-1179

Public Works

207-439-9451

Parks and Recreation Dept. (Eliot Community Service Dept.)

207-451-9334

Tax Assessor

207-439-1813

Trash Collection

Private collection or dump

Water District (Kittery)

207-439-1128

Sewer District (Kittery)

207-439-0452

William Fogg Library

207-439-9437

 

Public School Information

Office

Phone Number

School Superintendent's Office (SAD 35-Eliot and So. Berwick)

207-439-2438

Adult Education

207-384-5703

 

Name of School

Grades Covered

Phone Number

Eliot Elementary School

Pre-K-3

207-439-9004

Great Works School

4-5

207-384-4010

Marshwood Junior High School

6-8

207-439-1399

Marshwood High School

9-12

207-384-4500

 

Private/Parochial Schools

Name of School

Grades Covered

Phone Number

Berwick Academy, South Berwick, ME

pre-K-12

207-384-2164

Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

9-12

603-772-4311

St. Thomas Aquinas H. S., Dover, NH

9-12

603-742-3206

Portsmouth Christian Academy, Dover, NH

Pre-K to 12

603-742-3617

St. Patrick School, Portsmouth, NH

Pre-K to 8

603-436-0793

Saint Mary Academy, Dover, NH

K to 8

603-742-3299

The School Around Us, Kennebunk, ME

K-8

207-967-3143

The New School, Kennebunk, ME

9-12

207-985-3745

Other Contact Information

Office, Dept., etc.

Phone Number

Greater York Chamber of Commerce
(serving Kittery, Eliot, So. Berwick, The Yorks and Cape Neddick)

207-363-4422

Eliot Historical Society

N/A

 

Area Hospitals

Hospital

Phone Numbers

York Hospital (York, ME)

207-363-4321, 877-363-4321

Wells Regional Medical Community (Wells, ME)

207-646-5211, 877-363-4321

South Berwick Medical Services (South Berwick, ME)

207-384-8130

Portsmouth Regional Hospital (Portsmouth, NH)

603-436-5110, 800-685-8282

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (Dover, NH)

603-742-5252

Exeter Hospital (Exeter, NH)

603-778-7311, 800-439-3837

Southern Maine Medical Center (Biddeford, ME)

207-283-7000

Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME)

207-871-0111

Goodall Hospital (Sanford, ME)

207-324-4310