Wells is a town in York County, Maine, United States. Founded in 1643, it is one of the oldest towns in Maine. Wells Beach is a popular summer destination. The town developed as a farming community, producing hay and vegetables. Other industries included shipbuilding and fisheries. In the 19th century, with the arrival of the railroad, the town's beautiful beaches attracted tourists. Many inns and hotels were built along the seashore. Today, tourism remains important to the economy.