Composed of what were once four smaller communities, the towns of Cape Neddick, York Harbor, York Village and York Beach formed under one government to create this beautiful and diverse town. It is famous for its long sandy beaches, and safe, family-friendly, beach-town atmosphere.
Nubble Lighthouse is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world and is a popular spot for residents and visitors alike. It has a small park with benches that make it a peaceful place to rest and reflect. The Old York Historical Society maintains numerous historic buildings including Jefferds’ Tavern, the John Hancock Wharf, the Old Goal (America’s oldest jail), the Emerson Wilcox house and several others. This museum is located in the heart of York Village and offers lectures and special events throughout the year. It is open for tours in the summertime.
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. Its proximity to the cultural centers of Boston and New York City continue to make it one of the most sought-after places to live in southern Maine. Once a summer-season-only resort area, York has become a year-round vacation destination. In 2002, Money magazine chose York/Ogunquit as “one of the 10 best places to vacation in North America.”