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Old York Historical Society, York

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Visit Old York Historical Society and explore nine historic museum buildings, a contemporary art gallery and wonderful gardens. Tour the properties, explore our collections, research your history or take part in our renowned education programs. Customize your visit by adding one or more of our living history experiences to your itinerary.

At Old York you will experience over 400 years of New England heritage while listening to tales of sea captains and their families, jailers, prisoners and others. You'll also see some of the most beautiful decorative objects and antiques preserved in America including the Bulman Bedhangings, the only complete set of 18th century American crewelwork bed curtains known to exist.

Your journey begins at the museum's Visitor Center, located at 3 Lindsay Road in the Remick Barn at the corner of Route 1A and Lindsay Road in York.
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  • I have driven past for 40 years and never stopped. So glad we finally did. The town has done a great job of preserving this piece of history. We thoroughly enjoyed our tours of the old jail, the Emers...  more »
  • Take the time to visit the exhibit which is situated at the Emerson Wilcox House on Main Street. It's an accurate selection of scrapbooks and memorabilia from the 19th century and very well curated. A...  more »
  • This is a review of the Jefferd's Tavern special culinary events. A couple times each year the Museum of Old York will host local chefs, which do a special hearthside full course dinner. The dinners are BYOB, so don't forget your favorite bottle of wine. The seating is family style with six people per table. The wait staff is in period garb. See photos. These local chefs cook memorable meals. The last event we attended was hosted by the chefs from Wabi, York Maine. Their menu included Bellini cocktail, open hearth wood fired pizza, open hearth grilled Caesar salad, black and white tagliatelle primavera, open hearth grilled lobster and sea scallop thermidor, and baked Alaska for dessert. You'll find these culinary events memorable, gastronomically satisfying, and well worth the price, which is all-inclusive.
  • The hours of operation are hard to determine. I think they are only open Memorial Day to Labor Day, two days a week. There are signs and markers to do a self-guided tour outside the buildings.

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