2018 Events

When the weather outside is frightful . . . Old York is really quite delightful! Come banish the winter blues, and warm up by the fires at Old York with our line up of Tavern Dinners, Lectures, and Tastings.


Wednesday, February 21, 6 pm
Lecture and Dinner: History . . . with a side of soup!

Inspired by History: Innovative New Traditional Gardens Lucinda Brockway, Historic Landscape Specialist

Brockway has a wealth of experience in historic gardens, having restored the garrison grounds at Fort Ticonderoga, and more recently undertaking the restoration of the Grand Allee at the Crane Estate. She has worked on several of Newport’s estates, as well as numerous significant gardens throughout New England. She is the owner of Past Designs in Kennebunk, Maine, and currently works as Cultural Resources Program Director for The Trustees of Reservations, where she oversees the 112 historic properties. Join Old York for this illustrated talk about creating gardens inspired by the past.

Tickets: $20 / $18 members Available for purchase online (see below) or at the door.

Program Room, Old York Museum Center, 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME 03909 The lecture will be followed immediately by soup and bread in Jefferds Tavern. Please feel free to bring your own wine or beer.

George Washington Birthday Celebration Dinner

Friday, February 23, 6 pm
George Washington’s Birthday Celebration Tavern Dinner

Chef Bill Irish of For the Love of Food and Drink, prepares a hearty hearth-cooked dinner of dishes drawn from the archives at Mount Vernon. Enjoy a meal of colonial-inspired foods, and celebrate the birth of our nation’s first president.

* All recipes are from the Mount Vernon cookbook, Dining with the Washingtons (2011), and are seasonally appropriate.


Tickets: $65 / $60 members (BYOB) Reservations required, tickets available below.

Jefferds Tavern, Old York Museum Center, 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME 03909


kangi sake

Friday, March 9, 6 pm
Sake Tasting

Chef Mike Fennelly and his partner Steve Couch, founders and owners of Wabi Foods, join Old York for a tasting of sake (Japanese rice wine). A flight of sakes is accompanied by a four-course tasting menu of Asian inspired dishes highlighting Maine seafood and produce, and prepared using sake as an ingredient. Chef Fennelly, an award-winning cookbook author and restaurant owner, is committed to using organic local foods.

This is an exciting new event for Old York, and we hope you will join us for a taste of Asia in historic Jefferds Tavern.

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Tickets: $45/$40 members Reservations required. See below.

Jefferds Tavern, 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME 03909

Wednesday, March 28, 6 pm
Taverns, Ales, and Alcohol in Early Maine Emerson W. Baker, Professor of History, Salem State University

As a reliable form of liquid sustenance and promoter of sociability, beer and ale played an important role in colonial New England society. Not surprisingly, thousands of artifacts related to ale and tavern culture litter our archeological sites. Baker has studied colonial ales and done experimental archaeology with Portsmouth’s Earth Eagle Brewings in order to recreate contemporary recipes, and better understand the significance of these beverages. What was the difference between a beer and an ale? Why did the Mayflower end its voyage when it ran out of beer? Why would anyone brew ale with molasses, sassafras, and wormwood? Join us as Baker answers these questions and explores history on tap.

Emerson "Tad" Baker is interim dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and a professor of History at Salem State University. The York resident is the award-winning author of many works on the history of and archaeology of early New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience and The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England. He has served as an advisor for PBS-TV’s American Experience and Colonial House. Baker directed Old Berwick Historical Society’s excavations at the Chadbourne Site (1643–1690), and is Project Scholar for Old Berwick’s Forgotten Frontier: Untold Storied of the Piscataqua.

Tickets: $20 / $18 members available for purchase online soon (please check back), 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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