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The Hastings -Lyman was built around circa 1895 as a hotel/lodging house for summer tourist who came to York Beach for it’s healthful atmostphere; they came mostly from Dover and Concord, NH. The main activities were bathing, hiking, golfing, playing tennis, dancing, watching baseball games played by teams made up of hotel employees, hiring carriages and horses for outings to Agamenticus, Chase’s  pond, etc., walking along the boardwalk, duck hunting on the Nubble, and canoeing the York River. Our present parking area was used as a crocket area. The Hastings-Lyman is built on Union Bluff, just a short walk north of the Union Bluff Hotel.

The present buildings were completely renovated and converted to private condominiums in the mid 80’s. The flagpole, displayed on this website”s Home Page,  is from the salvage remains of a ship that sunk in short sands bay.

Boone island on the left, which can be viewed from the condo, is 6 miles out at sea. It has a long history of lighthouse destruction thanks to the furious Atlantic. The first lighthouse on this granite outcropping was built in 1799 and lasted less than 5 years. This tower was replaced by one that lasted about 6 years, and again it was destroyed. This cycles goes on until 1852 when the Lighthouse Board came to the decision that a much more reliable and sturdy lighthouse should be built.

The final product is a 133 foot tall tower made from granite that has reinforcing iron rods that run along the side from the top to the bottom and are fastened by bolts. You cannot see them in the picture above.

In 1993 the lighthouse was converted to solar power and its magnificent second-order Fresnel lens was removed. It has been replaced by a modern optic that flashes white every five seconds.

The Yorks in southern Maine at 57.7 sq. miles is primarily made up of four areas including York Village, York Harbor, York Beach and Cape Neddick. Year round population is approx. 13,000 people and during the summer months it’s estimated to quadruple to 52,000 total population in season.

The Yorks of Maine have natural beauty, old New England seacoast charm, four sandy beaches, two lighthouses, a few conservation parks, an amusement park and zoo, a bowling alley, penny arcade, boutiques, and plenty of history. It offers outdoor fun with miles of long sandy beaches, coastal scenic byways, York’s Wild Kingdom, Brown’s Ice Cream, The Goldenrod, Fun O Rama, Rick’s All Seasons Restaurant, “Nubble Light”, shopping and so much more.

The Yorks of Maine seasonally offers visitors boating, kayaking and deep sea fishing, indoor and outdoor galleries including the York Art Association, the Museums of Old York with historic nine (9) house tours, nature preserves, hiking, biking at Mount Agamenticus Conservation and always the quaint picturesque "Down East" restaurants serving the freshest Maine lobsters and seafood found anywhere in the world.

Portland, ME; Manchester, NH; and Boston, MA are all within an hour’s drive.
 

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