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York. Where Maine’s story begins…

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. Through the centuries, York has remained a destination for people seeking refuge in its natural beauty and pace of life. These qualities continue to captivate visitors with the beauty, culture and history of the area. Come to Old York and let us engage you in an afternoon, a day, or a lifetime of coastal Maine’s heritage.

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Happy Holidays!

Below is a special holiday treat from the archives of the Museums of Old York. It is a letter written by Elizabeth Perkins to Santa Claus. We assume she was perhaps 4 or 5 years old, making the year about 1874. Elizabeth Perkins grew up to be a powerful woman who travelled the world, worked to preserve history, served for years in war-torn France, was an philanthropist and active fundraiser, and who helped to establish and endow the organizations that are now the Museums of Old York. We have transcribed young Elizabeth’s letter below in case you can’t make it out. The Staff and Board of the Museum wish you all a lovely holiday season, and we hope that you too receive a cornucopia of grapes!

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Here is the transcription: My dear Mr. Santa Claus I wish you would bring me a pen knife with only one blade. And please make Lilly a dress. And please bring me a set of Crayons. And please bring me Alice In Wonderland because Mama May said it was too old for me. And please do not forget to bring me a cornucopia of grapes. Good Bye Dear Santa Claus, Bessie Perkins

Annual Christmas Tea in Jefferds Tavern

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If you attended our annual tea we are grateful to you. We enjoyed a fun filled afternoon in Jefferds Tavern among friends, neighbors and community. If you were not able to attend please put the annual tea on your calender for next year.


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