2018 Events

When the weather outside is frightful . . . Old York is really quite delightful! Come banish the winter blues, and warm up by the fires at Old York with our line up of Tavern Dinners, Lectures, and Tastings.


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Friday, March 9, 6 pm
Sake Tasting

Chef Mike Fennelly and his partner Steve Couch, founders and owners of Wabi Foods, join Old York for a tasting of sake (Japanese rice wine). A flight of sakes is accompanied by a four-course tasting menu of Asian inspired dishes highlighting Maine seafood and produce, and prepared using sake as an ingredient. Chef Fennelly, an award-winning cookbook author and restaurant owner, is committed to using organic local foods.

This is an exciting new event for Old York, and we hope you will join us for a taste of Asia in historic Jefferds Tavern.

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Tickets: $45/$40 members Reservations required. See below.

Jefferds Tavern, 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME 03909

Wednesday, March 28, 6 pm
Taverns, Ales, and Alcohol in Early Maine - Emerson W. Baker, Professor of History, Salem State University

A talk by Emerson "Tad" Baker, Professor of History, Salem State University, followed by a special tasting of colonial-style brews with Butch Heilshorn, brewer and co-founder of Earth Eagle Brewings, Portsmouth.

As a reliable form of liquid sustenance and promoter of sociability, beer and ale played an important role in colonial New England society. Not surprisingly, thousands of artifacts related to ale and tavern culture litter our archeological sites. Baker has studied colonial ales and done experimental archaeology with Portsmouth's Earth Eagle Brewings in order to recreate contemporary recipes, and better understand the significance of these beverages. What was the difference between a beer and an ale? Why did the Mayflower end its voyage when it ran out of beer? Why would anyone brew ale with molasses, sassafras, and wormwood? Join us as Baker answers these questions and explores history on tap. Afterwards, enjoy a sampling of several of Earth Eagle's colonial-style botanical brews (known as gruits), and ales.

Emerson "Tad" Baker is interim dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and a professor of History at Salem State University. The York resident is the award-winning author of many works on the history of and archaeology of early New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience and The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England. He has served as an advisor for PBS-TV’s American Experience and Colonial House. Baker directed Old Berwick Historical Society’s excavations at the Chadbourne Site (1643–1690), and is Project Scholar for Old Berwick’s Forgotten Frontier: Untold Storied of the Piscataqua.

Butch Heilshorn is a brewer, and co-founder of Earth Eagle Brewings, Portsmouth. He also is the author of Against All Hops: Techniques and Philosophy for Creating Extraordinary Botanical Beers. Books will be for purchase at the event.

Program Room, Old York Museum Center, 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME 03909

Tickets: $25 / $22 members Reservations required.

Upcoming Events

April 21 Annual Spring Fundraising Dinner

May 23 Special Lecture: Postcards of York with Charley Steedman and Bob Davis

May 28 Opening Day! The historic buildings reopen to the public. Admission will be free to all visitors.

June 22-23 OPEN DOORS OF YORK Home and Garden Tour

The Bulman Bed Hangings

The Bulman Bed Hangings at Museums of Old York, Maine

The Bulman Bed hangings are the crown jewel of our collection, and are widely considered a national treasure. The Museum has recently received a grant from the Coby Foundation to have the bed hangings professionally stabilized and conserved in preparation for installation in the Remick Gallery.

We will be telling the fascinating history of the bed hangings through a series of posts on our blog, introducing readers to the talented team of experts involved in the project, as well as documenting the conservation and reinstallation process, and sharing new findings. Please join us on this incredible journey by reading our first post and signing up to follow the blog.

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