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About The York River > Historic and Geographic Sites > Map

Along the York River you can see the following historic and geographic sites:

  1. Stage Neck – where fish were historically dried and salted on racks or “stages.”
  2. Harris Island – once a quarantine area for immigrants, now hosts a restaurant, marina, lodging, and Town Dock #2.
  3. Town Dock #1 - east of Route 103 bridge. This site serves as a public boat launch.
  4. Former site of York’s historic wharf and marketplace. Ships brought molasses, rum, sugar, coffee, cloth, and china – and exported lumber, dried fish, flour, potatoes, tallow, and cattle.
  5. Sayward-Wheeler House (1718, white clapboard) built by a local merchant. Historic building open to the public.
  6. Wiggley Bridge (1930’s), one of the smallest suspension bridges in the US – spans the outlet of Barrells Millpond. Caution: Tides often form a rapid.
  7. The footpath from Wiggley Bridge leads to Steedman Woods.
  8. John Hancock Warehouse (1740s, brown clapboard) and Marshall Store (yellow). Historic building open to the public.
  9. Sewall’s Bridge – original bridge built in 1761 by Captain Samuel Sewall to replace a ferry at the same spot. Caution: Limited clearance at high tides.
  10. Elizabeth Perkins House (dark red clapboard) – with a late 19th century wood carving of a Native American. Historic building open to the public.
  11. Rice’s Bridge Boat Launch – public boat launch on east side of Route 1 and the Bridge.
  12. The Grant House in Goodrich Park – picnic tables provide a lunch spot for canoeists and kayakers.
  13. Two tidal creeks diverge from the river. Dolly Gordon Brook powered the first tidal mill in the colonies. Caution: Creeks unnavigable even for kayaks at low tides.

Upstream of the Scotland Bridge, the river is passable only to very small boats, even at high tides. The beautiful salt marshes are interesting to explore, and birds are abundant. Caution: Watch the tides, and take care not to disturb wildlife.

 

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