Kittery

Known as The Gateway to Maine, Kittery is the state’s oldest and southernmost town.  Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Piscataqua River, it’s home to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Seavey Island, and includes Badger’s Island, the seaside district of Kittery Point, and even seven islands at the Isles of Shoals 10 miles out to sea.  Located just 60 miles north of Boston and 50 miles south of Portland, Kittery is a community of contrasts with a quiet waterfront community, the shipyard, a major retail center, and various cultural and recreational opportunities.  

With an amazing history dating back to 1623, Kittery was first settled by fishermen, hunters, trappers, and timber workers.  Incorporated in 1647, Kittery bills itself as “the oldest incorporated town in Maine”.  It’s home to many historic homes and fine architecture -- including the Sir William Pepperrell House, built in 1733, and the Lady Pepperrell Mansion, built in 1760.  The John Bray House, built in 1662 is believed to be the oldest surviving house in Maine. The First Congregational Church in Kittery Point,  started in 1714, is housed in the oldest church building in continuous use in the State of Maine.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which today repairs nuclear submarines, has a proud history of shipbuilding dating back to the early 1800’s. The 74-gun ship Washington, launched in 1815, was built there, as was the Kearsarge, famous for sinking the Confederate raider Alabama during the Civil War.

Kittery is probably best known for having some of the best outlet shopping in New England. There are more than 120 outlet stores along a one mile stretch of Route One, as well as the famous Kittery Trading Post.  Thanks to the outlets, the town is bustling year-round. Kittery Foreside in recent years has become one of the most desirable restaurant destinations in the Seacoast area. Small artisan shops and boutiques offer plenty of “buy local” shopping. A farmer’s market has become an increasing draw, perhaps because it’s located near one of the best microbreweries in the area, Tributary Brewing Co.

The Kittery Community Center is the town’s jewel. Created using the shell of an old elementary school, it boasts a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a workout facility, a nursery school & rooms for recreation department programs. The STAR Theater offers live theater, lectures and musical performances. The room can also be used for wedding receptions and small conferences.

Kittery Point juts out as a peninsula and offers some of the area's finest oceanfront, oceanview, waterfront, and other distinctive properties and estates. Dotted with beautiful seaside homes and picturesque coves, it retains the unspoiled charm of a historic fishing village.  Enjoy the scenic drive through Chauncey Creek to Seapoint Beach, and Fort McClary - a 19th century military fort that protected the mouth of the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor. Fort Foster Park, originally a harbor defense, is home to three small beaches. Located on Gerrish Island, it offers great views of Whaleback Light, Portsmouth Harbor Light and Fort Constitution.

Kittery’s rural, maritime flavor and up and coming Foreside area combined to make Down East Magazine name the town one of the 10 Best Places to Live in Maine.

 

Town Statistics

Population: Approximately 9,649
Land area: 18.5 square miles
County: York
County Seat: Alfred
Tax rate: $16.05 / thousand for 2016-2017
% of Value: 92%

Municipal Services

Office/Department

Phone Number

Clerk

207-475-1328

Code Enforcement Office

207-439-6807

Fire Dept. (emergency)

9-1-1

Fire Dept. (non-emergency)

207-439-2262

Harbormaster

207-439-0912 (dock) 207-439-0452 (office)

Police Dept. (emergency)

9-1-1

Police Dept. (non-emergency)

207-439-1638

Public Works

207-439-0333

Parks and Recreation Dept.

207-439-3800

Rice Public Library

207-439-1553

Tax Assessor

207-439-0452

Trash Collection

Private collection only--see dump hours above

Water District

207-439-1128

Sewer Department

207-439-4646

 

Public School Information

Office

Phone Number

School Superintendent's Office

207-439-6819

Adult Education

207-439-5896

 

Name of School

Grades Covered

Phone Number

Mitchell School

K-3

207-439-1707

Shapleigh School

4-8

207-439-2572

Traip Academy (High School)

9-12

207-439-1121

 

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*

207-363-4422

* (serving Kittery, Eliot, So. Berwick, The Yorks, and Cape Neddick)

 

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