Yarmouth lies about fifteen miles north of Portland just off of I-95 (exit 17, if memory serves), where the RoyalRiver flows into the Atlantic Ocean.Originally incorporated back in the 1600’s, Yarmouth is another Maine village which spilled blood with the original inhabitants and saw its population rise and fall contingent upon their success in slaughtering or their failure in being slaughtered.Yarmouth has never gotten significantly more populous than back in the olden days, but the lack of growth has preserved the special charm of this delightful town.
Today Yarmouth is known for two things.It is the home of the DeLorme, one of the worlds largest map-making companies and the annual Clam Festival.DeLorme only started up in 1976 over frustration around accurate maps of Maine, but embraced technology and was an early leader in the computer-based mapping technology so familiar today.
The Clam Festival is a three-day extravaganza which occurs during the third weekend of July and is the epitome of good times.There are usually over 100,000 attendees and the sedate town bustles beyond comprehension during the affair.You will never come across a more diverse menu of clam dishes and every one that I ever sampled was scrumptious!In addition there are typical summer fair activities and games.I can report that despite being a veteran of prying bi-valves apart, I entered the clam shucking competition one year and was quickly eliminated.
A lesser known attraction of Yarmouth is Herbie - the oldest elm tree in America.Elms used to rule in this country, but have been obliterated by Dutch Elm Disease (curse you, Rudolph!:^).Not certain whether Herbie is still around, but a few years back this grand tree, planted in 1775, stood 110-feet high and was the tallest tree in New England.Doubt anybody really cares to include this on their itinerary, but Herbie rests on a local residence and I would be happy to give you directions if you are so inclined.
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