2017 Events

Tavern Dinners

March 3 - Chef Evan Mallet, Black Trumpet Bistro, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Evan Mallett of the Black Trumpet Bistro will be returning for his second trip to Jefferds Tavern. Last week, Chef Mallett was nominated (again!) for a James Beard award, but Seacoast area residents already know the magic he can create with basic food ingredients.

Old York is honored to welcome him back. Chef Mallett will be displaying his farm-to-table philosophy and his joy of cooking modern foods inspired by this ancient cooking method.

His unique menu showcases this blend of contemporary and traditional tastes.


  • Hearthstone Sourdough with salt cod, hand-churned butter and fresh radishes
  • Twice Baked Jacketed Sweet Potato
  • Dutch Oven Venison Stew with Curried Pork Sausage and Local Flint Corn Gruel
  • Soda Ash Banana Cake

Evan Mallet will be bringing copies of his cookbook Black Trumpet: A Chef’s Journey Through Eight New England Seasons and will be available to sign a personalized copy. Tickets are $65/$60 members, BYOB, reservations required March 3, 6 pm

Tickets will be going on sale at 8 am on Tuesday, 2/21. Although you can view the order portal it is not funcioning until the time specified.

Jefferds Tavern Tastings

March 18 - Eden Ice Cider, Apple Ice Wines, Hard Ciders, and Sparkling Ciders.

Eleanor Leger from Eden Specialty Ciders will be here to discuss how her products are made (which is fascinating). Jason Miller from York54 will be working his magic on the hearth with an amazing menu, and Jim & Steve from Great Bay Sailor will be playing music and singing tavern songs.

Featured Menu by York54's Jason Miller
~ Raw Oysters on the Half Shell: Sparkling Cider Mignonette
~ Hearth Grilled and Chilled Scallops: Brown Curry, Cider Syrup
~ Creamy Smoked & Roasted Trout Salad: Buckwheat Pancake, Baby Arugula
~ Grilled Ham & Brie Cheese Sandwiches: Sweet Onions, Kale and Walnut Pesto
~ Duck Confit Bread Pudding: Citrus - Sage Brown Butter
~ Chilled Coconut Rice Custard: Warm Cider & Golden Raisin Sause
~ Hearth Baked Cheddar Curds: Tart Apricot Jam

Eden Specialty Ciders is a nationally recognized boutique producer of wine-style ciders carefully crafted from locally sourced, sustainably grown apples.

Come taste a range of beautifully expressive vintage wine-style ciders made with heirloom and true cider variety apples, and without the use of added sugars, colors or flavorings.

February Vacation “Maker’s” Camp at Old York Historical Society

mural at Elizabeth Perkins House, York, maine-Old York Historical Society

WHAT: February Vacation Camp for children 7 to 14

TOPIC: You Can Paint on the Walls! 19th Century Murals in Rufus Porter’s Style

WHEN: February 21 through 23, 10 am to 3 pm

WHERE: Old York Historical Society, Parsons Center, 3 Lindsay Road, York, Maine 03909

COST: per person/$100 members/110 non-members

This February Vacation, unplug from today’s busy world and learn new skills during Old York Historical Society’s “Maker” Camp! This fun Camp will expose kids to the world of 19th Century muralist Rufus Porter and teach them Porter’s methods for successful future projects. Design and paint large decorative wall panels following step-by-step instructions, then add your house and pets to your custom land and waterscape along with familiar landmarks such as The Old Gaol and Sewall’s Bridge! Grind pigments and prepare paints as did Limners, self taught itinerant artists, who decorated early 19th Century interiors in York and surrounding areas.

Bring lunch and a paint-friendly shirt or smock and warm clothing for outdoors excursions. Snacks provided. Reservations are required.

History...with a Side of Soup

February 15 - Aileen Kelly, "Corsets & Chevrons: A Salute to Women's Military History"
This event is cancelled due to inclement weather

March 22 - Alex Cain, "Massachusetts (and Maine) Preparation for Way 1773-1775

April 5 - Ken Hamilton, "Fliboustiers, Freebooters and Corsairs - French Canadian Privateers during King William's and Queen Anne's Wars"

May (TBD) - Paulette Chernak, "Lasting Impressions: Art, Symbolism, and History found in Graveyards and Cemeteries" 

History with James Kences

All lectures are at the York Public Library and begin at 10:30 a.m.

February 23: Civil War

March 9: Statehood 1785-1820

March 23: The Revolution 1735-1785

April 6: Frontier Town 1670-1735

April 20: Gorgeana 1620-1670

May 4: Prehistory The most ancient occupation

May 18: Geology Metamorphic and igneous foundation-the Pleistocene

(The topic associated with each date is subject to change if he runs over, or if we have a snow day.)

Introduction and Summary (click)

• Introduction and Summary • Hotels 1865-1925
• The Civil War 1820-1865
• Statehood 1785-1820
• The Revolution 1735-1785
• Frontier Town 1670-1735
• Gorgeana 1620-1670
• Prehistory The most ancient occupation
• Geology Metamorphic and igneous foundation—the Pleistocene

Why is York’s history important? What are the sources for the study of the history? A review of the published town histories. The organization of the sessions and the motivation for the arrangement of placing most recent history at the beginning.

Hotels 1865-1925 The onset of the tourist era at the conclusion of the Civil War. The town acknowledges the historical heritage. The introduction of the railroad and the trolley. The 1890s rapid modernization and social conflict. The town division crisis of the early twentieth century. The decline of the rails and early phase of automobile tourism.

The Civil War 1820-1860 York as a town in Maine. The loss of the county seat to Alfred. A period of adjustment. The Temperance movement. The causes of the Civil War—Maine statehood and the Missouri Compromise. 1854 the end of the Missouri Compromise and the Origins of the Republican Party. York politics and the political parties—the vote for Lincoln in 1860. The impact of the war upon the town—social and military history.

Statehood 1785-1820 York in the New Nation. The first phase for statehood in the 1780s. International events and local commerce. From the Embargo to the War of 1812. The courts move from the town. 1816-1820 Statehood achieved.

The Revolution 1735-1785 The end of the frontier town era. Expansion—locally and regionally. The last two of the French wars of the 1740s and the 1750s. Pre-Revolutionary politics. The three phases of the Revolution from 1775 to 1783.

Frontier Town 1670-1735 The period of the Indian wars. Wartime conditions—living in garrison houses. King Philip’s War 1675-1678. King William’s War 1689-1698—the Candlemas raid of 1692. Queen Anne’s War 1702-1713. The Essex County migration of new families. Dummer’s War 1722-1725 and the Norridgewock raid of 1724.

Gorgeana 1620-1670 English exploratory voyages. Sir Ferdinando Gorges and the Council of New England—the Agamenticus grant of 1631. The Laconia Company and the arrival of Edward Godfrey. The Civil Wars—Gorgeana—and the advance of Massachusetts. The first and second conquests by Massachusetts 1652 and 1668.

Prehistory From Paleo to Contact The arrival of humans to the region at the end of the Pleistocene. Paleo sites at Eliot and Wells. The culture of the Archaic. Innovations of the Woodland or Ceramic Period. The York River shell heaps and Mercer excavations. Native responses to the Europeans. The epidemics of the early seventeenth century and abandonment of native habitations. Geology

The relationship of metamorphic and igneous formations of the region with events of the Paleozoic and Mesozoic. Plate Tectonics, the movement of continents, and the geology of York. The Pleistocene and evidences of local impact. The post-Pleistocene landscape.

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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April 3: Fireside New England Seafood Dinner with award winning chef Jeremy Sewall

April 1: Architectural Conservator Steven Mallory presented architectural forensics and the process of discovering the secrets of old buildings.

March 4: "History... with a Side of Soup" featuring J Dennis Robinson, author of Mystery on the Isles of Shoals

February 27: "Beer Tasting" with SoMe Brewing

February 11: "History... with a Side of Soup" Appreciating Cape Neddick

February 6: "Tavern Dinner" with Chef Ares of York River Landing

January 23: "Curator's Pot Luck"

January 16: "Tavern Dinner" with Chef Justin Walker of Earth at Hidden Pond

January 6: "History... with a Side of Soup" with Emerson Tad Baker, author of A Storm of Withchcraft: The Salem Trials and the Americal Experience

September 30: The History of Mt. Agamenticus with Ron Nowell

October 1-17: Piercing the Pickle: A Show of Contemporary Condiment Utensils

October 17: Emma Lewis Coleman:  Maine An Exhibition of Photographs

October 23: Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

November 6: Taven Dinner

November 18: History of Mount Agamenticus with Ron Nowell

February 3, 2016: Tammi Truax – The Life of Ona Judge Staines

February 5, 2016: Tavern Dinner with Chef Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet Bistro

February 12, 2016: Curator's Pot Luck

February 17, 2016: "History... with a Side of Soup" Kate McCarty – Distilled in Maine: A History of Libations, Temperance, and Craft Spirits

February 27, 2016: “A Spirited Tasting” – sampling the products of the Wiggly Bridge Distillery