It was here at Everett’s Tavern in 1652 that the residents of Kittery signed the submission to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which stayed in effect until 1820 (3).
The William Everett Tavern was located at what was known as Jocelyns Point, and later Leighton’s Point, and was a large 3 story house built about 1640. He was licensed to keep a tavern in 1649, and at that time there were 3 other Inns or Taverns, Mavericks, Emerys, and Jenkins. It was here at Everetts Tavern, that he courts of General Assembly and other town meetings were held (3).
In July 1652 Bay commissioners appeared in Kittery but they were shoes away by Governor Godfrey. However, they returned November 16th, 1652, and the residents of Kittery were effectively bullied into signing a submission to the Machassuets Bay Authority, to which was later contested by Thomas Gorges and Edward Godfrey. While there is a plaque commemorating the historic event, it is believed the original location of the site may have been washed away by the Piscataqua (3).
After the signing in Kittery, the territory beyond the Piscataqua Plantations was to form a seperate county, called Yorkshire. The Massachusetts Bay then forced the submission there too, and the town was renamed York.
Governor Winthrop wrote in his Journal a passage that I think is interesting referring to the area, saying that they were not allowed the other confederation of New England colonies
because they ran a different course from us both in their ministry and civil administration, for they had lately made Acomenticus (a poor village) a corporation, and had made a taylor their mayor, and had entertaned one Hull, an excommunicated person, very contentious, for their minister.