York is a town, important as a summer tourist destination, located in York County, Maine, at the southeast corner of the state and directly on the Atlantic Ocean. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 12,854.
The town was originally called Georgeana, Massachusetts which on March 1, 1642 became the first incorporated city in America. A cluster of historic buildings in the center of the old village are maintained by volunteers and much visited by tourists.
Three communities are together identified by travel signs as "The Yorks": York Village (including the historic structures and upscale shops), York Harbor (with a number of resorts as well as elegant cottages on the water), and York Beach (with popular attractions such as arcades, souvenir shops and candy stores). During the summer months, tourists by the thousands, chiefly families, visit Short Sands Beach, which is in York Beach itself, and Long Sands Beach, more than a mile of smooth sand between York Beach and York Harbor. Dozens of motels and other accommodations fill the surrounding area. Many spots in the Yorks have picturesque views of the historic lighthouse at Nubble Rock, which has figured in artists' work as well as cheap souvenirs of the Maine coast.
Web Sites and Links
Boon Island LightLocated on Boon Island, but can be seen at points along the shore, best seen by boat. Features history of the lighthouse, local links, photographs, and maps.
Nubble LighthouseBrief descriptive history, picture, and links provided for Cape Neddick light.
The Yorks Chamber of CommerceA local guide for vacation and business needs in Southern Maine.
York Rivers AssociationCoalition working to protect and restore the rivers of the Town of York
York Web Information CenterDescription of the town, beaches and area attractions.