South Berwick

South Berwick is a vibrant, mid-size community located on the New Hampshire border and is one of the faster growing communities in Maine.  With its rural New England village setting, proximity to Boston MA, Portsmouth NH, Portland ME, and the joy of Maine living, South Berwick is 'the way life should be'.

Originally part of Kittery, South Berwick was created in 1814, followed by North Berwick in 1831.  The Berwicks have had diverse economies that included textile and shoe manufacturing, lumbering, farming and fishing.  During South Berwick’s heyday, a boat called a gundalow was used to haul goods from the smaller inland rivers to the Piscataqua River. You can see a replica of a gundalow during the summer months at various wharfs throughout the region.  

South Berwick boasts hundreds of historic houses and buildings, including the homes of author Sarah Orne Jewett and shipping merchant Jonathan Hamilton. Hamilton built his striking Georgian mansion c. 1785 on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River, making it an ideal location for his shipping business. Today, Hamilton House is recognized as one of the region's quintessential Colonial Revival-style country estates.  The Sarah Orne Jewett house is an eclectic blend of 18th century architecture, antiques, and old wallpapers with furnishings showing the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement. The visitor center features exhibitions, year-round public programs, a resource room with an interactive kiosk, and preservation staff on site.  Owned by Historic New England, both the Jewett and Hamilton houses are opened to the public during the summer. Built in 1932, The Portsmouth Company Cotton Mills Counting House is a historic industrial building at Main and Liberty Streets.  It is the only surviving element of the Portsmouth Company Cotton Mill, one of several textile mills operating in South Berwick in the 19th century and is now home to the Old Berwick Historical Society, which operates it as the Counting House Museum.

The South Berwick downtown village offers several dining establishments and specialty shops as well as basic necessities. It has the feel of a true downtown, with the local elementary school, town hall and community center all within walking distance. Extensive retail outlets are minutes away in Dover and Somersworth NH. Portsmouth, NH and the noted factory outlets in Kittery are nearby.

Opportunities for family recreation abound in the Berwicks.  Paddle along the Salmon Falls River, or bike or hike Vaughan Woods, one of the best woodsy river walks in all of Southern Maine with smooth trails in pine forests.  Powderhouse Hill, a small, town owned ski hill that includes a sledding area, offers 3 trails and one of the few remaining rope tows in the state.   The Berwick Bark Park offers a fun exercise area for your 4-legged friends.  Listen to the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series, weekly in the center of town. The South Berwick Strawberry Festival draws more than 20,000 visitors, offering entertainment, food, artisans and best-of-all, strawberry shortcakes. For the endurance driven, the annual Pumpkinman Triathlon is sure to thrill and challenge.  Boasting many restored period homes, small village charm, and a strong sense of community, South Berwick is truly great place to call home.

Town Statistics

Population: Approximately 7,300
Land area: 32.64 square miles
County: York
County Seat: Alfred
Tax rate: $18.30 / thousand for 2016-2017
% of Value: 100%

Office/Department

Phone Number

Clerk

207-384-3001

Code Enforcement Office

207-384-3300 ext. 111

Fire Dept. (emergency)

9-1-1

Fire Dept. (non-emergency)

207-384-2731

Police Dept. (emergency)

9-1-1

Police Dept. (non-emergency)

207-384-2254

Public Works

207-384-3300 ext. 117

Parks and Recreation Dept.

207-384-3306

Powder House Hill Ski Facility

207-384-5858

South Berwick Public Library

207-384-3308

Tax Assessor

207-384-3300 ext. 110

Transfer Station

207-384-3309

Water District

207-384-2257

Sewer District

207-384-2760

 

Public School Information

Office

Phone Number

School Superintendent's Office

207-439-2438

Adult Education

207- 384-5703

 

Name of School

Grades Covered

Phone Number

Central School

PreK-3

207-384-2333

Great Works School

4-5

207-384-4010

Marshwood Junior High

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*

207-363-4422

Old Berwick Historical Society

207-384-0000

* (serving Kittery, Eliot, So. Berwick, York, York Beach, York Harbor 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