Welcome to Wells, Maine!


The Town of Wells is situated on the southern coast of Maine, surrounded by the towns of Kennebunk, Sanford, North Berwick, South Berwick, and Ogunquit. It encompasses an area of 58 square miles and has a year-round population of 9,400.

It is crossed by Interstate 95, US Route 1, and state routes 109 and 9, 9A and 9B. Wells is also one of the ten stops on The Downeaster, a 116-mile (187 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak, connecting North Station in Boston, Massachusetts (84 miles to the South), to Portland, Maine (32 miles to the North).

The Abenaki Indians called the area Webhannet, meaning “at the clear stream,” a reference to the Webhannet River. In 1622, the Plymouth Company in England awarded to Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Lord Proprietor of Maine, territory which included the Plantation of Wells. In 1653, Wells was incorporated, the third town in Maine to do so, and named after Wells, England, a small cathedral city in the county of Somerset. It then included Kennebunk, which was set off the year Maine became a state in 1820, and Ogunquit, designated a village within Wells by the legislature in 1913, then set off in 1980.

Wells and the surrounding Southern Maine communities provide a quality of life unmatched by any other area of the country. With its proximity to several beaches and the mountains of Western Maine, Wells offers year-round recreational opportunities for every outdoor enthusiast. Antique lovers will also delight in the number of local shops where trinkets and treasures may be found.

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