The Town of Yarmouth epitomizes the best in Maine
communities: a New England-style main street (known as the "Village”) with
a combination of old homes and small businesses, a beautiful parkway along the
picturesque Royal River, a sheltered port in Yarmouth Harbor, and a diversified
commercial base along U.S. Route 1.
The Clam Festival – A
Yarmouth boasts top-notch seafood spots year-round, but in
July, the annual Clam Festival is the region’s main attraction. The
family-friendly event features plenty of clams and chowders, as well as
amusement park rides for the kids and kids at heart. Local bands play
underneath tents well into the evening, and artisans sell their work. The
Festival is also a celebration of the local community, with events such as a
clam-shucking contest, street dancing, running races, a professional bike race,
firefighter's muster, and even a diaper derby.
North Yarmouth –
Prized Agricultural Roots
Just inland from Yarmouth is North Yarmouth, a town in its
own right, with nearly 4000 residents. Visitors will distinguish the North
Yarmouth character in its
Christmas tree farms, orchards, greenhouses and organic farms. Alpacas, sheep,
cows and horses all call North Yarmouth farms home, and residents will say life
travels in a rather slow pace here, with townspeople enjoying their families
and their homes in a quiet way. That’s not to say they don’t have time for exuberance.
Residents of North Yarmouth celebrate small town life with Fun Day each fall,
and are host to summertime concerts on the Village Green.
Yarmouth is home to the world’s largest
rotating and revolving globe. Eartha is
41 feet in diameter and visible from Route 1, taking unsuspecting motorists by
surprise. Housed in a three-story glass atrium, Eartha took two years to build
and represents earth as it is seen from space, with beautifully detailed
continents, and vivid colors illustrating all levels of vegetation, roadways,
cities, and ocean depths. It is open for view during regular business hours
from three balconies.