Last modified: 2011-07-08 by rick wyatt
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Municipal flags in York County:
image by Dave Martucci, 11 July 2010
Although York County, Maine does not have an official flag, an often-used unofficial seal incorporates a shield in the center that bears a cross with a pine tree in the canton. You will probably recognize this as the jack of the first New England flag used from 1686 to about 1707 or later.
On August 5, 1902 the Town of York celebrated the 250th anniversary of the incorporation of York County (and of the establishment of the Town by the same name). According to "Agamenticus, Bristol, Gorgeana, York -- An Oration Delivered by the Hon. James Phinney Baxter, President of the Maine Historical Society" (published by the Old York Historical and Improvement Society, York, Maine; 1905), pp 4-5, "Hotels, private residences, and stores along the route of the procession, and as far as York Corner, were appropriately, and in many instances elaborately, decorated with flags and bunting, amid which could frequently be discerned the restored first ensign of New England, showing the red cross and the pine tree. Few, indeed, were the buildings along the four miles of highway traversed which did not have some color in honor of the day.
On this day was hoisted over the Old Jail [known today as the "Old Gaol"] the flag designed after the ancient flag of New England, bearing the red cross and the pine tree."
I have seen this flag fly in York, Maine. Since the County and the Town are so closely identified, it is hard to tell which entity is intended to be symbolized. Probably both.
Dave Martucci, 11 July 2010