Eliot is a largely rural community that has maintained its classic New England charm. Formerly known as The Upper Parish, Eliot was initially settled as part of Kittery around 1623. Eliot is close to tax-free New Hampshire’s towns of Dover, Newington, and Portsmouth. Eliot’s Maine neighbors include Kittery with its famous outlets, the diverse coastal town of York, and the growing community of South Berwick.
Eliot boasts an exceptional school system, as well as low unemployment, low crime, and property taxes lower than the state median. In September, the community comes together for Eliot Festival days and a 5k road race with a chili fest, live music, and fireworks. The festival includes food and crafts booths and events for the entire family. In October, the school puts on annual Oktoberfest fundraiser for the Marshwood Education Foundation. Oktoberfest includes food from local chefs, live music, dancing, auctions, and games with prizes.