The Best of York

The Best of York in the Remick Gallery at Old York Historical Society

Treasures from the Old York Historical Society Collection

The Bulman Bed Hangings are back!

Worked in wool on hand-woven linen by Mary Swett Bulman (1715-1792) of York in the 1730s, these extraordinary textiles are considered to be among the finest art works created in 18th century Maine.

In 2014 Old York embarked on an ambitious project to ensure their long-term preservation, and to rediscover their story. As part of the initial phase of the project, the textiles were professionally conserved for the first time in their 300-year history. Conservation is complete and the bed hangings have returned home to York and will be on display for the first time since 2012.

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The Best of York Exhibit brings to Old York’s Remick Gallery the finest 18th century and maritime objects in the permanent collection. Many of these objects have previously been in storage, or were part of period room settings in historic buildings. Together, they tell the story of one of New England’s oldest communities, development from a frontier outpost in the 17th century, to a community of sophisticated tastes and world views. Recent research has revealed hidden gems, including:

Draught of a Bridge, Built over York River... The people of York voted to construct a bridge over the York River near the Middle Ferry (Lindsay Road) in 1741. However, it took twenty years to construct the bridge, and in 1761, Major Samuel Sewall designed this, America's first pile-driven drawbridge. Ironically, John Donnell, who owned land adjacent to the bridge, and had operated the Middle Ferry just south of the bridge, sold his York holdings in 1761 and moved to Pepperrellborough, Maine

Over seventy artifacts complete the exhibit, most made or used between 1690 and 1850 in Southern Maine and the Piscataqua Region of New Hampshire. These regionally-made objects are of such high quality, that examples similar to those in Old York’s collection may be seen in museums ranging from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, Delaware; and the Bayou Bend/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. A visit to Old York brings Colonial American high culture to Northern New England’s backyard.

Best of York Sponsors


Associate Sponsor

Anthony Moore Painting Conservation, LLC

Supporting Sponsor

York Harbor Inn