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What Will You See at the Old York Gaol?

Old York Gaol

Coastal Maine is rich with interesting history that will fill your trip with intrigue. One of the most historical buildings in York is the Old York Gaol. Originally built in 1719, the jail is a National Historic Landmark, and the first royal colonial prison on this side of the Atlantic. Today, you can visit the dungeon and hear firsthand the stories from the old prison. Here’s what you’ll see at the Old York Gaol!

Between the amount of stellar antique shops, lasting culinary traditions, and historic landmarks like the old jail, York is full of incredible things to see and do! Due to the sheer number of choices, Dockside Guest Quarters is happy to help and offer recommendations so you can plan your perfect Maine getaway!

Learn Stories About Old York at the Old York Gaol

From the outside, it may look like you’re coming up on a barn in the midst of the Old York Village. The famous building is one of the oldest public buildings in English America. The 1719 structure used materials from the original jail built in the 1650s. The stories told in the jail have passed down from the original jailers who lived there. Finally, in 1968, the Old York Gaol became a National Historic Landmark. So, whether you’re a history buff or not, the jail is a great place to take a tour! Tours are self-guided Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other Historical Places to See in the Old York Village

The Remick Gallery is Old York’s art gallery, featuring a rotation of artwork and collections pertaining to the culture and history of northern New England. Come, see the artwork and the preserved rough-hewn beams from an old farm from Eliot, Maine!

If the Jefferds Tavern was a man, he’d wear many hats! Come, enjoy a hearth-cooked Tavern dinner or bring the kids to a program about early life in Maine. Used for both educational and entertainment purposes, the tavern is the year-round epitome of Old York Village.

The Old York schoolhouse shows what education was like in 18th Century York. Let the school transport you back in time when you read the “graffiti’ scrawled on the woodwork.

The Emerson-Wilcox House Museum is a historic house that takes a look at civilization and the struggle to get by. Come, see what it was like in the old days for citizens of York.

For those interested in epitaphs and tombstones, the Old Burying Ground is a treasure trove of the stories of folks long since gone. With gravestones dating back to the 17th Century, this cemetery tells the history of York’s citizens like no place else.

Explore the Past When You Plan Your Next Visit to York

After you’ve spent a day exploring the Old York Gaol and Old York Village, come back to Dockside Guest Quarters to relax! Our comfortable rooms will have you feeling right at home. So, browse our availability and see for yourself the kind of quality you will enjoy on your next trip to York!