York

York is a popular seacoast community in southern Maine, situated where the York River meets the Atlantic Ocean.  The town of York is comprised of York Village, York Beach, York Harbor, and Cape Neddick and is home to four beautiful beaches.  It is just 7 miles north of bustling, historic, downtown Portsmouth, NH and is easily accessible from Boston and Portland via Interstate 95 and U.S. Route One.  The proximity of the Yorks to the cultural centers of Boston, Portland, and New York City continue to make it one of the most sought-after places to live in southern Maine.

First settled by Europeans in 1624, York was originally called Agamenticus, the Abenaki term for the York River.  Incorporated as a town in 1652, York is the second oldest town in Maine.  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. As provincial capital, York prospered. Numerous wharves and warehouses serviced trade with the West Indies.  Agricultural products and lumber were shipped in exchange for sugar, molasses and other commodities. One notable merchant was John Hancock, whose warehouse on the banks of the York River is now a museum.  The Museums of Old York maintain numerous historic buildings including Jefferds’ Tavern, the Old Gaol (America’s oldest jail), and the Emerson-Wilcox House.  Lobstering, fishing, boatbuilding and farming were the foundations of the economy until the late 1800s when the southern Maine coast began to attract summer visitors in large numbers.

Present day York is a beautiful mix of old and new.  York Village retains the look and feel of an 18th century village.  York Harbor’s stately mansions offer many distinctive examples of the 19th Gilded Age architecture, particularly the “shingle-style cottages” that once dotted the Maine coast from York to Bar Harbor.  The Harbor Beach, with its gentle surf, the Cliff Walk, the Wiggly Bridge, and Fishermen’s Walk showcase York’s beautiful harbor and majestic ocean.

The York Beach area includes Long Sands, Short Sands and Cape Neddick beaches – plenty of space to enjoy a day of sunbathing and swimming with the whole family. It is also home to the Nubble Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country.  Sohier Park, overlooking the Nubble, offers benches for relaxing, reading, and enjoying the views of the island lighthouse as well as Boon Island.  Mount Agamenticus, another of York’s treasures, offers a unique trail system and rich natural resources for year round pleasure.

York’s schools are among the best in the state, consistently ranked in the top 10 percent by the Maine Department of Education. High school students are accepted to top colleges, thanks to rigorous advanced placement courses. The town’s stellar recreation department offers a wide variety of programs for children and adults. Shoppers will enjoy stopping by the company store of specialty foods purveyor Stonewall Kitchen, which is headquartered in York. And during the summer, stop by the bustling farmer’s market, offered by the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce.

York continues to captivate visitors with the beauty, culture and history of the area. It has become a most desirable community for tourists, commuter families and retirees as well.  

Town Statistics

Population: Approximately 13,000-14,000
Land area: 56.4 square miles
County: York
County Seat: Alfred
Tax rate: $11.15 / thousand for 2016-2017
% of Value: 100%

Office/Department

Phone Number

Clerk

207-363-1003

Code Enforcement Office

207-363-1002

Fire Dept. (emergency)

9-1-1

York Village Fire Dept. (non-emergency)

207-363-1015

York Beach Fire Dept. (non-emergency)

207-363-1014

Harbor Master

207-363-1010

Police Dept. (emergency)

9-1-1

Police Dept. (non-emergency)

207-363-1031

Public Library

207-363-2818

Public Works

207-363-1011

Parks and Recreation Dept.

207-363-1040

Tax Assessor

207-363-1005

Trash Collection

800-847-5303

Water District

207-363-2265

Sewer District

207-363-4232

 

Public School Information

Office

Phone Number

School Superintendent's Office

207-363-3403

Adult Education

207-363-7922

 

Name of School

Grades Covered

Phone Number

Village Elementary School

K-1

207-363-4870

Coastal Ridge Elementary School

2-4

207-363-1800

York Middle School

5-8

207-363-4214

York High School

9-12

207-363-3621

 

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 York Historical Society

207-363-4974

* (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