The history of North Berwick is tied in with that of Berwick, since the two towns were part of one community until North Berwick split off in 1831.
Although separated from Berwick for nearly two centuries, a shared school system still links the two towns. Awarded a national Bronze medal by U.S. News & World Report, Noble High School enrolls students from the towns of Berwick, Lebanon, and North Berwick.
Named after Berwick-upon-Tweed in England, North Berwick Maine grew up around production and manufacturing. In 1842 the arrival of several railroads turned the town into a major hub, and provided distribution for the goods manufactured there.
In 1862, the North Berwick Company on the Great Works River made blankets for Union soldiers in the Civil War with forty looms manufacturing over 1,500 yards of flannel per day. The company closed in 1955, but the building had a star turn in the 1995 movie Jumanji and has since been turned into housing.
Manufacturing is still part of North Berwick’s identity, and there are two major producers in town. The first is Pratt and Whitney, an aerospace facility that repairs and manufactures engine components for military and commercial aircraft. The plant has been the largest manufacturing facility under one roof in Maine since 1979. Second, Hussey Seating manufactures seats for spectator facilities. In 2003, Hussey Seating was honored as Maine’s oldest family-owned business.
Approximately 4,700 residents call North Berwick home. They enjoy a rural lifestyle, with wide open spaces and great hiking in the Bauneg Beg Conservation Area and network of town forest trails. The fun, robust cities of Dover and Portsmouth, NH are 20 minutes and 30 minutes away, respectively. Maine's largest city of Portland is an easy 40 minute drive. Homes for sale in North Berwick are considered very affordable, especially when compared to some of the towns on the Maine coast.
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