Old Amesbury-Natives

Old Amesbury-Natives (History of Amesbury, Ma 01913-Give it TLC and it will give you its story.) If you want to help Amesbury thrive then you must help the history survive!
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Welcome, I started this page Old Amesbury-Natives as a Historic Public Awareness site. Amesbury was settled in the year 1642. It was initially recognized as "Salisbury New Town" until 1666, when it formally separated from Salisbury. The Powwow River originally formed the boundary between Amesbury and Salisbury. The area was incorporated as "Amesbury" in the year 1668. It was named after Amesbury in Wiltshire, England. It began as a modest farming community and later developed to form an aggressive maritime and industrial economy. Shipbuilding, shipping and fishing have traditionally been important occupations for the people of Amesbury. I do believe our history is our future. It is what made us Amesbury, Ma 01913. The history of this town put us in the books and on the maps. Our town History is beautiful. We have done too much to our town and by doing so we have lost a lot of our roots and beautiful history. Amesbury can keep up the streets, signs, buildings, parks, and its rich history all at the same time. We just need to Preserve it as in not redevelop it. There have always been two sides on keeping our towns history alive or just remembering it. We have a golden town and we shouldn’t just remember it but embrace it. Look at the historic photos from our towns past think of them with paved roads nothing else missing or added. That would be a beautiful balance of our past while being in the now. Some of the residents of Amesbury have been living here for multiple years, even generations, where residents knew each other by name. Others are new to the area And The town has begun making permanent changes. These changes are not necessary. The mills turned into condos only contribute to over population and stress the locals and schools to a point of over capacity. We did not need to change the streets in to one ways. How many rotaries does one small Town need? The town parks and the pines have been a part of Amesbury for many generations. I understand updates that are necessary to fix it but not changing the appearance and remodeling. How many new changes can we make and still say we LOVE this old town for what it is and not what it has become? This is a good time to save the history of Amesbury, Ma. Is Amesbury still the old town we love and want to spend the rest of our lives raising our children and grandchildren in as we have done for so many years? We should be a town not a city. Think of the founders of this town. Shame on us for changing everything and anything they made this town to be originally. Join us today and we will build a voice as a community to not support the changes in OLD AMESBURY. There is a lot going on now that is about our history as well. So you will be seeing both on said page. If you want to messages me I’ll reply back. I do my best not to take off anything you add to this site. Just keep it about Amesbury please. There’s a lot of Amesbury history here. I hope you all enjoy it. If you can, come to Old Amesbury-Natives weekly. Like, post, comment, share, add photos, see links, etc. It helps this site. Old Amesbury-Natives is the FB page to be at for all you want to know about Amesbury History. Thank you all for liking this page for your time and help. I’m also on twitter. @AmesburyNatives

City of Amesbury
08/01/2020

City of Amesbury

Thank you to all who attended today's public hearing or emailed a public comment.

The City Council will address the comments from today's public hearing at their meeting on August 11th. School Committee will do the same at their meeting on August 12th.

City of Amesbury
08/01/2020

City of Amesbury

This morning’s joint public hearing regarding the AES petition with the City Council and School Committee starts at 10am and will be broadcast on Amesbury Community Television’s page, website and channels 12 and 18.

Amesbury Public Works
07/31/2020

Amesbury Public Works

Quite a few of the pine tree saplings that we planted in the Town Park this spring are doing well, and starting to grow! 🌲

Amesbury Police Department (OFFICIAL)
07/30/2020

Amesbury Police Department (OFFICIAL)

***Update: Bridge is open, expect delays in the area tomorrow while bridge is being inspected.***

The Bailey Bridge (Main St. @ Merrimac St) will be closed until further notice due to tractor trailer stuck on the bridge.

Please avoid the area and thank you in advance for your patience.

Amesbury Police Department (OFFICIAL)
07/25/2020

Amesbury Police Department (OFFICIAL)

The City of Amesbury has lost a Legend.

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Coach Leo Dupere. His list of accomplishments is long but the list of lives he has positively effected is even longer, and this list includes the majority of the Amesbury Police Department.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time. Rest In Peace Coach , you will be missed, but the amazing memories and epic stories will never be forgotten.

This is really sad, He was a great guy! Share your coach stories in the comments.
07/23/2020

This is really sad, He was a great guy! Share your coach stories in the comments.

We lost a Fighting Indian last night !
Rest In Peace Coach Dupere !

Remembering the life of Bruce Georgian 1951 - 2020
07/22/2020
Remembering the life of Bruce Georgian 1951 - 2020

Remembering the life of Bruce Georgian 1951 - 2020

Bruce Georgian passed away 2020-07-18 in Amesbury, MA. This is the full obituary story where you can express condolences and share memories.

Amesbury Cultural Council
07/20/2020

Amesbury Cultural Council

The final designs for our "It’s Electric!" Project have been chosen! Please join us in congratulating our artists, who will begin painting their boxes this week. Enjoy a sneak peek of the proposals here, but keep an eye out for the Art in Progress signs around town and be sure to check out the final boxes at the end of August. Thank you to all who submitted!

Congratulations Abbie Anderson, Katie Barry, Bonnie Brady & Cheryl Desjardin, the Brisson Family, Carolyn Giannini, Brooke Lambert, Margaret Leahy, Virginia Page Fox, Rachal Pelletier, and Damion Silver

#ItsElectricAmesbury #AmesburyCulturalCouncil #TheArtOfCommunity

Amesbury High School
07/18/2020

Amesbury High School

Great night tonight! It was fantastic seeing the seniors together again! Thanks to Russ Munroe and his team! Outstanding slide show by Meg McElaney. And we are on to Sunday!

Rockingham Alert
07/17/2020

Rockingham Alert

(OOA) Amesbury, MA *2ND ALARM* 100 Congress St - 2nd alarm struck on arrival for heavy fire showing from the 1st floor of an unknown size residential structure, mutual aid to work and cover - 7/17 - 13:07 #Amesbury

Photo on scene by Michael Kent

Nope! NOPE!I don't mean to get political here but this is just wrong.We need to keep our town out of this.
07/08/2020
Black Lives Matter petition grows in Amesbury

Nope! NOPE!
I don't mean to get political here but this is just wrong.
We need to keep our town out of this.

AMESBURY — A petition to return a Black Lives Matter sign to city property continues to gather signatures

07/04/2020

Happy 4th of July!
On this day 244 years ago Josiah Bartlett of Amesbury, MA among other Founding Father's signed the Declaration of Independence.
📜✒🇺🇲

07/02/2020
Riverwalk Lanes

Riverwalk Lanes

Govenor Baker just confirmed Phase 3 will begin Monday! We're pumped!

We will officially open back up Monday at 3pm! Cant wait to hear the machines going again!

We're dropping our prices to match the situation:
1 hour of bowling for 4 people will be $19.

There will be safety rules in place:

1. We will be running at half capacity...no more than 27 people in the building at a time.

2. You must wear a mask when entering and walking around but not when you are actually bowling.

3. If you dont feel well or arent confident in your safety, please stay home. We will be here when you are ready.

We love our little gem of history and want to share, safely, with all of you!

Thank you and see you all soon!

Mark & Melissa Ricci
Riverwalk Lanes

Riverwalk Lanes
06/28/2020

Riverwalk Lanes

Had a little help from my friends through all the renovation. Thanks to all that have been here and put your 100% effort to helping our little alleys! #candlepin #riverwalklanes #whatsoldisnewagain

Lowell's Boat Shop
06/24/2020

Lowell's Boat Shop

A new fire retardant cedar roof going on thanks to all of the donors to our 500 for 225 campaign. The shop has been strengthened beneath, had a fire suppression system installed, and a new roof going on.
THANK YOU

Happy Father's Day!
06/21/2020

Happy Father's Day!

06/17/2020
Gene

Gene

Would anyone happen to know the history of the little red house on 19 Chase Street in Amesbury? Or where, or who might know? It appears occupied, but out of respect to whom lived there I refrained from knocking on their. Any knowledge or advice on where to ask, I would be grateful for.

Amesbury Public Schools
06/16/2020

Amesbury Public Schools

Amesbury Public Schools would like to congratulate AES Teacher Marianne Nicol Curry upon being named the Rotary Educator of the Year!

06/16/2020

#Josiah Bartlet, John Greenleaf #Whittier, and George McNeill are house hold names from Amesbury's #history. They all wanted equality, and unity. They all did their part in doing something about it. In a unjust world (thanks in part to one of America's founding father's that was born, and raised in Amesbury) Josiah Bartlet we the people have the right to peaceful #protesting to try and make things a little more just for All. John Greenleaf Whittier used that right to help slaves be free. Making #poems of hope, and faith in doing so with order and peace. George McNeill a young teen boy at the time protested for labor #rights and is now credited with being called the "father of the 8-hour workday". He helped to lead a group of youth workers during a #strike. It was this experience that shaped his view on workplace #equality and fairness and ultimately led to the passage of legislation across the #country that implemented the eight-hour work day. All three men knew they needed to do something #essential for equality for All!!

06/14/2020
Amesbury Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1783

Amesbury Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1783

Today is Firefighter Sunday. A day that we usually all get together with our families for a memorial. We honor the lives of the Firefighters who dedicated their lives to Amesbury that have passed on. Today we had a small memorial with the group that is on duty. Thank you retired FF Ozzie Morrill for putting this together each year.

06/03/2020

Peaceful protests in Amesbury as history is made.

Amesbury Educational Foundation, Inc.
05/29/2020

Amesbury Educational Foundation, Inc.

A GIANT AEFI SHOUT-OUT!!

Thanks to Bill & Bev Drew of Drew’s Tire and Auto Center for these awesome graduates! Perhaps a great photo-op for the seniors and their families? Don’t you just love the support this town has for the Class of 2020?!

City of Amesbury
05/26/2020

City of Amesbury

Over the weekend we lost two dedicated and passionate Amesbury teachers to cancer. Our thoughts are with the families, co-workers, students and friends of Brian Hopkins (AMS) and Pam Mott-Greaney (AES).

Brian and Pam loved working with our students, and will be truly missed by our community. ❤️

05/25/2020
Amesbury Memorial Day 2020

Amesbury Memorial Day 2020

This year Amesbury isn't able to hold our traditional Memorial Day events, so we asked a few people to help us honor our veterans. Thank you to Kevin Hunt, J...

05/25/2020
City of Amesbury

City of Amesbury

Kevin Hunt, Director of Veterans Services will join Mayor Gove to talk about Memorial Day.

City of Amesbury
05/25/2020

City of Amesbury

Did you know that soldiers who fought in WWI were often called Doughboys? Amesbury's Doughboy (in front of Amesbury Middle School) was dedicated in 1929, and was sculpted by Leonard Craske, who is most famous for sculpting the Gloucester Fishermen’s Memorial, more popularly known as “The Man at the Wheel.”

Learn more about WWI Doughboys: https://www.history.com/news/why-were-americans-who-served-in-world-war-i-called-doughboys

May we reflect on this Memorial Day Amesbury and honor those who fought for us!
05/25/2020

May we reflect on this Memorial Day Amesbury and honor those who fought for us!

City of Amesbury
05/25/2020

City of Amesbury

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. While we will not have our traditional Memorial Day parade to commemorate and honor the veterans we have lost, we should all take time to remember those who gave their lives for our country. #MemorialDay

City of Amesbury
05/23/2020

City of Amesbury

About a dozen volunteers spent this morning replacing worn and tattered flags at our cemeteries in advance of Memorial Day. Thanks for taking time this weekend to honor our fallen veterans. 🇺🇸

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Would anyone happen to know the history of the little red house on 19 Chase Street in Amesbury? Or where, or who might know? It appears occupied, but out of respect to whom lived there I refrained from knocking on their. Any knowledge or advice on where to ask, I would be grateful for.
Q: Redford’s History of Amesbury mentions the relocation in 1761 of a church from near Martin Road to “the small triangular spot now known as Huntington Park on Haverhill Road opposite the northwestern end of Union Cemetery.” (Pg 27) Is this what is currently signed as “Memorial Park” at the intersection of Highland and Rt. 110/Haverhill Road? Any help appreciated, thanks.
Amesbury lost one of its finest former teachers on Thanksgiving. If you were students at AHS in the 1950s-60, you might have had classes with Bert Fecteau - or you were coached by him in track and field sports. He was one of my favorite teachers - made mathematics come alive.
Join us on August 17th at the Museum of Old Newbury in Newburyport for a wonderful discussion on weatherizing your windows!
Join us on August 17th at the Museum of Old Newbury in Newburyport for a wonderful discussion on weatherizing your windows!
Join us on August 17th at the Museum of Old Newbury in Newburyport for a wonderful discussion on weatherizing your windows!
I worked at Henschel Corporation and when the Merrimac Hat was auctioned off, I bought all copies of the Merrimac Hat Quarterly from 1939 to 1948. Here is a picture of the plant. 😄 I have the full set ending in January 1949. Many photos of Amesbury men and women serving during WW2 and hundreds of other photos.
Hi folks, I wanted to ask a favor. My Dad (David Shaw) and my Mom (Ruth Shaw) were both long time educators in the Amesbury school system (70s-early 90s). Dad taught at the Middle School first, eventually became principal at the Elementary School and Horace Mann. Mom taught at the Middle School as an almost daily substitute. They are in their 80s now. I was wondering if any of you who are former students of theirs might share some stories about them. I'd like to copy and print the posts to give them as interesting reading material. As an educator myself, I've learned that we don't always know whether or how we've impacted students until much later. Thank you.
Haverhill Gazette 1939 This was the back of an old article from my Grandmothers high school graduation, interesting! Maybe someone will recognize some names!
Here is a photo someone on ancestry.com shared with me today. Many of their descendants still live in Amesbury, Mass. The oldest lady is my great-grandmother Emilia (Guimond) Jacques (1872-1919). She was born in Quebec province. She married Henry Jacques in Newburyport, Mass., in 1894. She later ran a boarding house on Water Street in Amesbury. My grandmother was Mary Jane (Jacques) Grinnell, who married Edward Joseph Grinnell in the 1910's. First row Elz/Blanche/Rose. Second row Mary Jane/Laura/ Mrs. Amelia (Guimond) Jacques.
Amesbury wins the Thanksgiving Day 2018 game. 8 - 0
Hoping to display my Amesbury made 1896 bicycle from eastern cycle manufacturing co. Sometime this weekend .