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Wells

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Wells is a town in York County, Maine, United States. Founded in 1643, it is the third-oldest town in Maine. The population in 2010 was 9,589. Wells Beach is a popular summer destination.HistoryThe Abenaki Indians called the area Webhannet, meaning "at the clear stream", a reference to the Webhannet River.Edmund Littlefield, an immigrant from the wool regions of Titchfield, England, built the first gristmill and later a woolen mill on the Webhannet River, becoming known as "The Father of Wells," where a monument commemorates his contribution. In 1622, the Plymouth Company in England awarded to Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Lord Proprietor of Maine, territory which included the Plantation of Wells. His young cousin, Thomas Gorges, acting as deputy and agent, in 1641 granted to Rev. John Wheelwright and other settlers from Exeter, New Hampshire the right to populate the land from northeast of the Ogunquit River to southwest of the Kennebunk River. Following the death of the elder Gorges in 1647, the Massachusetts Bay Colony laid claim to Maine. In 1653, Wells was incorporated, the third town in Maine to do so, and named after Wells, England, a small cathedral city in the county of Somerset. It then included Kennebunk, set off the year Maine became a state in 1820, and Ogunquit, designated a village within Wells by the legislature in 1913, then set off in 1980.
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Beach
Wells Beach
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Wells Reserve at Laudholm
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Drakes Island Beach
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Wells

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Historic Walking Area
Marginal Way Walkway Ogunquit
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Kennebunkport
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Lighthouse
Nubble Lighthouse York
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Ogunquit Beach Ogunquit
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Wells

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Golf Course
Merriland Farms Golf Course
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Farm
Chase Farms
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Moody Beach
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Farm
Spiller Farm
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Wells

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Specialty Museum
Wells Auto Museum
2.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Johnson Hall Museum
2.5
Duration: 2 hours

Golf in Wells

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Golf Course
Old Marsh Country Club
3.0
Duration: 4 hours

Shopping in Wells

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Farmers Market
Spillers' Farm Store
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

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