Historic York Then and Now

Historic York Then and Now (HM26OU)

Location: York, ME 03909 York County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 8.651', W 70° 39.04'

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During the first half of the twentieth century the triangle created by the intersection of York Street and Long Sands Road was a busy village center where people came for their groceries, sundries, and hardware.
There were taverns, a barber shop, a gas station, a Methodist church, attorney's offices and the village post office, most of the goods and services associated with village life.
The corner on which you stand today saw many changes during this time period. The three pictures in this exhibit capture much of what has occurred.

1. Taken in 1890, this picture captures the Village atmosphere that existed in York at the end of the nineteenth century. Hundred year old trees lined the narrow dirt streets that turned to mud each spring, often only one lane wide, and on either side picket fences and stone walls.
The small sign in the right foreground reads, "Sea Coast - Long Beach - 2 miles", already a favorite seacoast resort area.
The fence gate in the left foreground was the front gate to the Baker apartment house where in later years, (1940's) Richmond Hooper, the village post master, lived.
Beyond the picket fence one can see the Grant House, [10] still seen to your right today.

2. By 1920 the intersection had changed to accommodate automobile travel. Trolley cars had come and gone



and the streets have been widened and oiled. The island in the center of the intersection is now defined by a curb and a pipe fence. In 1906 the Civil War monument was erected and remains today as an historic feature in the center of York Village. History has it that the cars in this picture were those of residents attending the Annual Spring Town Meeting which was being held at the Town Hall around the corner to your left.
This picture provides a backdrop against which to compare what exists today.
The house on the left, [8] is the residence of the Baker family, where the Fleet Bank and its parking lot now stand.
In the center is the Baker apartment house, [9] the gate to which can be seen in picture #1.
To the right of that is the Grant House, [10] which over the years has been a private home, a tavern, a restaurant and, today, a medical complex.

3. Taken in 1950, the island in the center of the intersection remains unchanged except many of the old trees are long gone.
The Baker residence, [8] and the Baker apartment house, [9] still command much of the corner.
To the left in the photo can be seen some of the commerce that existed in the center of York Village through the first half of the twentieth century.
To the left of the Baker residence is The Village Fruit Market, [7] run by Arthur Kougins and Steve Makris.
Friends and customers referred



to this market as "The Greeks".
The market carried specialty items and catered principally to the hotels and wealthy summer residents.
For many long-time residents "The Greeks" is remembered for its soda fountain and the specialty of the house, a banana split.
To the left is Cyril Lessard's Barber Shop, [6]. The Lessard Barber Shop was a favorite gathering place for young and old. The school boys could come in and read comic books or play the pinball machine in the back room.
The men could get the latest gossip while getting their shave and haircut. If Cyril Lessard didn't know about it, it hadn't happened yet!
Next to the barber shop is the A&P [5], formerly the Baker's Market. To the left of the A&P, but not visible in this picture, were Nat Marshall's Hardware store and the post office.
The post office and Nat Marshall's Hardware were located in the building which now houses the Ellis Insurance Agency and the Old York Historical Society's Museum Gift Shop.
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HM NumberHM26OU
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Year Placed1997
Placed ByYork Historic Markers Committee
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Date Added Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 365770 N 4778148
Decimal Degrees43.14418333, -70.65066667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 8.651', W 70° 39.04'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 8' 39.06" N, 70° 39' 2.3999999999999" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)207
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10 Long Sands Rd, York ME 03909, US
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