Settled in 1631, South Berwick is located on the Salmon Falls River, a tidal estuary that guided Maine's earliest settlers to build a water powered sawmill that became one of the first in America. South Berwick is a vibrant community of residences and small businesses. It is a walkable village with retail shops and restaurants. Many of the buildings and homes downtown are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including Berwick Academy, which was founded in 1791. It is the oldest educational institution in Maine. Homes are spread along miles of country roads that wind through farmlands and conservation areas, as well as friendly residential neighborhoods. South Berwick offers many wonderful opportunities for residents of all ages to connect with and enjoy the outdoors. You can enjoy hiking at Mt. Agamenticus or Vaughn Woods or go skiing at Powderhouse Hill. South Berwick also welcomes visitors each year to the South Berwick Strawberry Festival, Pumpkinman Triathlon and Home for the Holidays.