Of the 3 “Berwick” towns, South Berwick is the most populated with 7000 residents. South Berwick borders the NH border, the Maine towns of Kittery, York & Ogunquit, and Great Works River & Salmon Falls River run through it. Single family homes are affordable compared to some of surrounding Seacoast towns, and there are reputable schools here too. It is home to Berwick Academy, a private co-ed college preparatory school with pre-K through 12th grade founded in 1791. South Berwick also has its own public elementary schools, and feeds into Marshwood Middle & High Schools. As the Seacoast area grows, South Berwick is seeing positive growth, with its own quaint downtown area with restaurants and shops.

Walking, Biking or Driving

Take a walk or hike through Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park, a bike ride along the Eastern Trail, or canoe down Salmon Falls River. The main road is Route 236, which turns into Berwick Road/Main Street in its small downtown area.

The Scene

South Berwick has a growing local scene with a small brick-lined downtown, which is home to restaurants like Thistle Pig, Isidore On the Rocks Tavern, & Fogarty’s. For kids, Aggie’s Ice Cream is a must-stop as well as South Berwick’s annual Strawberry Festival in June. For historians, the Hamilton House offers a chance to visit shipping merchant Jonathan Hamilton’s Georgian mansion circa 1785, which overlooks Salmon Falls River. To wine & dine, visit Salmon Falls Winery or play a round of golf at Links At Outlook Golf Course.


South Berwick split from Berwick in 1814. In the 19th century, South Berwick became a mill hub, with its location on the water. Textiles and manufacturing as well as lumber were the primary sources of income for the town. In 1901, local author Sarah Orne Jewett wrote a romance novel about the Hamilton House in South Berwick.