As subdued as the town may feel today, the history of York Village reveals a far different character. One of the first permanently settled areas in the state of Maine, it was once witness to great destruction and fierce fighting during the French, Indian, and British wars; towns and fortunes were sacked, yet the potential for prosperity encouraged the area's citizens continually to rebuild and start anew. Colonial York citizens enjoyed great wealth and success from fishing and lumber as well as a penchant for politics. Angered by the British-imposed taxes, York held its own little-known tea party in 1775 in protest.
The actual village of York is quite small, housing the town's basic components of post office, town hall, a few shops, and a stretch of antique homes. You may notice something amiss with York's Civil War Monument. After the war it was common for towns to erect a statue of a Civil War soldier. The statue sent to York, however, was most likely meant to be shipped much farther south—the figure is a Confederate soldier.
York Village at a Glance
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