North Berwick’s earliest settlers heavily relied on the Great Works River and the Negutaquet River to transport animal skins and other goods to the seaport in Kittery. Shortly after John Morrill built North Berwick’s first cabin in 1690, great homes belonging to families such as Hobbs, Weymouth, Buffum, Nowell, and Estes began to line North Berwick’s quiet streets and dot its sweeping countryside. Businesses started to flourish, and the town expanded into a community of hardworking families who were proud to build their homes and raise their children there. North Berwick shares photographs of the factories, mills, farms, churches, schools, and small businesses that thrived because of their proximity to rivers and later the railroad. Within these pages, readers will see how members of this rural community used natural resources and their ingenuity to establish a small New England town of wealth and industry.
Members of the North Berwick Historical Society have gathered vintage photographs from their archives, along with many from local citizens, to document the remarkable story of North Berwick. Volunteers worked tirelessly to create a book that will be treasured for generations to come.