2018 Events

Saturday, November 3 - Dark and Stormy Tavern Dinner

This year’s Dark and Stormy Tavern Dinner is a family affair, prepared by Chef Jon Bagley of Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza. Hearty fare and entertaining ghost tales from York’s past provide an antidote to October’s shorter days and darker nights.

Our museum friends with young children have a special opportunity to enjoy a hearth-cooked meal in historic Jefferds Tavern as this year’s dinner includes two seatings. The first features a family-style, kid-friendly menu, at a lower price point. The second features a hearty three-course harvest menu. Those who prefer to linger over a traditional-style tavern dinner will not be disappointed!

Family Dinner (open to families with children only) 5:00 pm A simple family-style feast of mac n’ cheese and pizza in a historic tavern setting. High chairs will be provided, but please bring your own wine, beer, and sippy cups!

Adults: $15 / $10 members Children: $5 (ages 2 to 18) Reservations required, tickets on sale now!

Jefferds Tavern, 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME 03909

Traditional Dinner 7:00 pm The three-course harvest menu includes: a mixed greens salad with candied pecans, cranberries, goat cheese and an apple cider vinaigrette, braised pork stew with root vegetables and mashed potatoes, and blueberry bread pudding with whipped cream. As always, please bring your own beer or wine.

Jefferds Tavern, 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME 03909


Sunday, November 18, 3pm
Lecture: Devil Made Me Do It!: Crime And Punishment In Early New England
Juliet Haines Mofford

Scarlet Letters, wanton dalliances, Sabbathbreaking, and debt: Colonial laws were easily broken and the malefactors who broke them, swiftly punished. How did our ancestors deal with murder and mayhem? How did seventeenth- and eighteenth-century New England communities handle deviants? How have definitions of criminal behavior and its punishment changed over the centuries? What were early prisons like? What were the duties of a turn-key? Drawing on early court dockets, diaries, sermons, gaolers’ records, and other primary sources, Mofford investigates historical cases from a time when accused felons often pleaded in their own defense: “The Devil made me do it!”

This lecture is the last in a four-part lecture series exploring the complex topics of crime, punishment, superstition, and death in old New England. The lectures are followed immediately by dessert, coffee, and tea in Jefferds Tavern.

Juliet Haines Mofford lives in Bath, Maine, where she works as an author and historical researcher. She is a graduate of Tufts University and former educator at the Old Gaol Museum and Old York Historical Society. She has published hundreds of feature articles and books, including a recent historical novel set in 1692, Abigail Accused: A Story of the Salem Witch Hunt.

Tickets: $18 / $15 members Available for purchase online at oldyork.org/events, or at the door.

Program Room, Old York Museum Center, 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME 03909

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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