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

Amesbury Public Works
04/17/2020

Amesbury Public Works

Today we’re planting 50 pine tree saplings in the Town Park. Many trees in the park have died and had to be removed, so we’re trying to replenish some of them!

Did you know that many of these trees were originally planted by Richard Gale, who spent 8 years on the Amesbury Tree Board? The Amesbury Improvement Association also works to plant trees every year as part of the Richard Gale Memorial Tree Program.

Amesbury Front Steps Project
04/17/2020

Amesbury Front Steps Project

“Day and night, the Amesbury Police Department is committed to the safety and welfare of all members of the Amesbury community. We are honored to serve you and are proud to inspire your confidence in us, we understand we are stronger together and together we will get through this!”

-Chief William Scholtz
📷 Katie Donovan

Amesbury Chamber of Commerce Our Neighbors Table Feeding America #AmesburyFrontStepsProject

From my home to your home Happy Easter! #KeepSafe #Quarantine #Easter2020
04/12/2020

From my home to your home
Happy Easter!
#KeepSafe #Quarantine #Easter2020

Elm Street will no longer look the same. It will be wider and busier then ever!!
04/10/2020

Elm Street will no longer look the same. It will be wider and busier then ever!!

The Elm Street project is making progress! They expect to be working in Phase 1 for another two weeks, and then will move on to Phase 2, Congress St to Monroe St. Thanks for your patience as this project moves along!

Amesbury Public Schools
04/09/2020

Amesbury Public Schools

Six years ago today!
Because I work at the High School I thought I would give the students a teachable moment. I was a Jr. in high school when the High School burned on this date in 1964, so I put together some old pictures of the fire along with a copy of the school lunch menu (because doesn’t everyone hang onto a lunch menu from their Junior Year in high school?)
I finished the collage which was opposite the window in my office!!After a while a group gathered and I went out to give them some historical perspective and waited for a reaction! The pictures of the flames are dramatic and they seemed really amazed! I heard one boy say! “. Wow!! Look at that! Lunch was only 25 cents!” Well I guess that is “historical perspective”!

Lowell's Boat Shop
04/08/2020

Lowell's Boat Shop

This one is ready for paint and varnish. We mostly use paint from @kirbypaintco another heritage family owned and operated business in New Bedford. This little beauty is headed for Connecticut! @ Lowell's Boat Shop

We have had some historical events here in the last few years. Like the Amesbury, MA Incorporation Day - 350th Celebrati...
04/07/2020

We have had some historical events here in the last few years. Like the Amesbury, MA Incorporation Day - 350th Celebration, and Amesbury Mayor Kassandra Gove being the first women Mayor as well as the youngest, and first to come from Amesbury. But what #Amesbury will remembered and talked about the most many years from now is the #Coronavirus. What will your part be in all of this? How will you be remembered? What will your children, grandchildren or even great grandchildren hear about you when told about this #pandemic?
#StayHome #SocialDistance

The next few weeks are critical for us to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. We all need to do our part to stay home, avoid in-person interaction and reduce time spent in public places.

Is there more you can do in the next few weeks?

City of Amesbury
04/01/2020

City of Amesbury

This morning the National Guard dropped off more PPE for our emergency responders. We’re grateful for these supplies and grateful for our responders who are working so hard to keep us all healthy and safe. ❤️ It’s incredibly important that THEY stay healthy and safe so they can continue to help our community.

City of Amesbury
03/31/2020

City of Amesbury

Elm Street reconstruction has started! Be aware that if you are in Market Square and going to Route 110, you’ll need to take the detour. Elm St is closed for outgoing traffic from Railroad Street to Congress Street.

Detour -> From Market Square take Market Street, right on Clinton Street, right on Congress Street back to Elm.

Amesbury Mayor Kassandra Gove said this morning we're not surprised to have confirmed cases in Amesbury and we do expect...
03/26/2020

Amesbury Mayor Kassandra Gove said this morning we're not surprised to have confirmed cases in Amesbury and we do expect the number of cases to grow as more testing is done. The City of Amesbury page just posted "We did just find out that a 3rd case has been confirmed."

Did you know It's told that during the flu epidemic in the early 1900's there were too many sick people at the Anna Jaqu...
03/26/2020

Did you know It's told that during the flu epidemic in the early 1900's there were too many sick people at the Anna Jaques Hospital thus the state shutting the building down to the newly sick patents. Amesbury town officials needed a place for sick people to go so the top two floors of this building were made into a make shift hospital. After the flu epidemic those town officials believed that the sickness was embedded in the walls and ordered a controlled burn and that is why the building looks the way it does today.

City of Amesbury
03/26/2020

City of Amesbury

The Amesbury Health Department received results from pending COVID-19 tests, and we currently have 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. Those individuals are self-isolating and their close contacts are being asked to self-quarantine. Mayor Gove will make a statement at 9:30am, which can be viewed here on our page through Facebook Live, and ACTV Channels 12 and 18.

If residents have questions or concerns, please call the Emergency Operations Center at (978) 388-8155.

03/24/2020
City of Amesbury

City of Amesbury

Mayor Gove shares an update regarding COVID-19 for the Amesbury Community. Thank you to Amesbury Community Television for filming this for us!

City of Amesbury
03/22/2020

City of Amesbury

Yesterday the Board of Health voted to authorize Mayor Gove to declare a Local State of Emergency regarding COVID-19.

Mayor Gove signed the declaration effective today, which allows Amesbury to receive state and federal funding, as well as reimbursements for expenditures due to COVID-19.

Read the full release and declaration here: https://bit.ly/33EmBJ5

03/22/2020
G. Mello Disposal Corp.

G. Mello Disposal Corp.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
All trash AND recyclables MUST be in barrels including cardboard. Covid-19 can live on a variety of surfaces. We will not pick up any loose material including cardboard.

RECYCLING: loose but must be in a barrel or recycling bin. No bags allowed for recycling. No loose cardboard.

TRASH: bags but still must be in barrels.

No large or loose items. EVERYTHING must be in a barrel.

Please consider the safety of our workers. We are considered essential employees from the Department of Public Health and we ask you to help maintain the health and safety of our team.

Amesbury Police Department (OFFICIAL)
03/19/2020

Amesbury Police Department (OFFICIAL)

Chief Scholtz would like to introduce the newest member of APD. This fluffy little guy was donated to the department by Nichols Golden Retrievers out of Georgetown, Ma. He will be an ambassador to the community serving as our therapy dog.

He will soon be headed off to training but first we need to name him, and that’s where we need your help. We are looking for an Amesbury related name, something to show his close ties to the community!

Please leave your suggestions in the comments section below and we will announce the winner soon.

From my home I say happy St. Patty's Day Amesbury!!🏡🍀
03/17/2020

From my home I say happy St. Patty's Day Amesbury!!
🏡🍀

City of Amesbury
03/16/2020

City of Amesbury

All City buildings, including City Hall, will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18th until Tuesday, April 7th. City staff will be working during this time, and will be available via email and phone.

We truly appreciate the patience of our community as we make these decisions in the best interest of our staff and all of our residents. Everyone's health and wellness is our top priority. We do not yet have a positive case of COVID-19 in Amesbury, and we hope to keep it that way for as long as possible.

We will continue to update our website with information as we have it: www.amesburyma.gov/covid-19

Let's stick together as a community and support each other during this time. Thank you!

Amesbury Mayor Kassandra Gove
03/14/2020

Amesbury Mayor Kassandra Gove

This past week many of our City departments and schools had to make some tough decisions about limiting services or closing. We're following recommendations from our local Health Department, the Massachusetts Department of Health, and also paying close attention to what our residents are saying.

I recognize that not everyone is going to agree with the decisions that are being made. I hope everyone knows that we're making the best decisions we can with the information we have, and that none of this is easy.

Yesterday our School Committee voted in favor of closing all schools for the next two weeks. There was overwhelming support from those who watched the meeting live (almost 300 people), many of whom saying they believed this is the right and the easy choice. Many didn't understand why the Committee discussed for over an hour before voting.

This decision impacts students and their learning, the ability to get 1-2 meals per day, our hourly workers, our union workers, parents who have to make childcare plans, and more.

We needed to spend the time discussing all of the impacts before voting, to ensure we could make contingency plans. The Superintendent is working this weekend to share plans and information on those items.

It was not an easy decision to make, but I do believe it was the right one. We have a lot of work to do, to continue to keep all of you safe and healthy.

If you haven't signed up for our new City E-Newsletter yet, now is a great time to do so! First one going out in the next couple of days. www.amesburyma.gov/city-enewsletter

City of Amesbury
03/14/2020

City of Amesbury

Many City departments are making decisions about the best ways to keep City staff and residents safe as the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve. We get new information daily, and will continue to make the best decisions for our community as we learn more.

Below are the departments that are currently closed or offering limited services. Please check www.amesburyma.gov/covid-19 which is updated daily.

Discover Amesbury
03/13/2020

Discover Amesbury

If only these bricks could talk... One of my favorite sights as I walk around Amesbury are all of our gorgeous historic buildings. 🧱
📸 cred: Leah Sterns

03/11/2020
R. E. Kimball Co. Inc.

R. E. Kimball Co. Inc.

We’re hiring! Stop by the factory to apply. Become part of our long tradition and history of making delicious jams & jellies.

03/10/2020
City of Amesbury

City of Amesbury

MassDOT is announcing a temporary closure of the ramp from Route 110 westbound to I-95 southbound in Amesbury. The ramp closure will occur daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20. This closure is part of scheduled temporary ramp modifications to allow for the construction of the adjacent Ghost Trail Extension Shared Use Path.

During this time, traffic seeking to utilize I-95 southbound from Route 110 westbound will be detoured to Rabbit Road. Detour signs will be set in place directing drivers.

The detour is as follows:

• Turn right onto Rabbit Road
• Turn left onto Route 286
• Turn right onto I-95 southbound

This ramp closure is necessary to allow crews to temporarily realign portions of this ramp so that the Ghost Trail Extension Project can be constructed along the northern edge of the ramp.

Signs, traffic control devices, temporary detour signs, variable message boards and law enforcement details will be used to guide drivers around the work zone.

Amesbury Police Department (OFFICIAL)
03/03/2020

Amesbury Police Department (OFFICIAL)

Please join us in congratulating APD’s newest Sergeants, Sergeant Kevin Mulrenin and Detective Sergeant Sean Leary who were officially appointed this afternoon.

Sgt Mulrenin will assume command as Patrol Supervisor on a midnight shift and Sgt. Leary is now assigned to oversee the Detective Bureau. They both bring years of professionalism dedication and law enforcement experience to their new roles.

Congratulations!!!!!

Man Allegedly Kills His Mom, Injures Step-Father in Double Stabbing in Amesbury: District Attorney
03/02/2020
Man Allegedly Kills His Mom, Injures Step-Father in Double Stabbing in Amesbury: District Attorney

Man Allegedly Kills His Mom, Injures Step-Father in Double Stabbing in Amesbury: District Attorney

A woman who died after being stabbed on Saturday in Amesbury, Massachusetts, was allegedly killed by her son, the Essex County District Attorney announced Sunday. Authorities say John Brittan, 27, of Amesbury, stabbed his mom, Barbara Diehl-Peirce and his step-father on Saturday at 23 Chestnut Stree...

Combines Harvesters Threshers
02/21/2020

Combines Harvesters Threshers

How about old grandpa plowing with the old Model T Ford but look at the steering contraption

Eighteen Friend Street
02/15/2020

Eighteen Friend Street

Back in the day this was my store!! And Paul Fortier’s Grandmother was living upstairs!!!

Old Amesbury-Natives
02/14/2020

Old Amesbury-Natives

Old Amesbury-Natives
02/14/2020

Old Amesbury-Natives

😥 It would be more useful as a kids center. Why have so many of Amesbury's old mills, churches, and schools got turned i...
02/08/2020
8-10 Congress St (Horace Mann School) | Amesbury MA

😥 It would be more useful as a kids center. Why have so many of Amesbury's old mills, churches, and schools got turned in to condos.

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Amesbury Police Department (OFFICIAL)
02/04/2020

Amesbury Police Department (OFFICIAL)

In November of 2019 legislation was passed and Massachusetts is joining surrounding states by going hands free! This will go into effect on February 23rd state wide. For more information please visit the following link https://www.mass.gov/service-details/hands-free-law

City of Amesbury
01/28/2020

City of Amesbury

The next election will be here before we know it! Mark your calendars for March 3rd for the Presidential Primary.

The last day to register to vote for that election is February 12th. That includes anyone who will be 18 by March 3rd - they can pre-register to vote!

See all 2020 election information - http://bit.ly/2RBDdga

Edith M. Maxwell
01/22/2020

Edith M. Maxwell

I just got good news - Charity's Burden is my SEVENTH nomination for an Agatha Award, and my fourth for Best Historical Novel! I'm honored and thrilled, and delighted to share the nomination stage with my talented friends Rhys Bowen, Susanna Calkins, L.A. Chandlar, and Boston's own Gabriel Valjan.

Amesbury welcomes new and familiar faces
01/08/2020
Amesbury welcomes new and familiar faces

Amesbury welcomes new and familiar faces

AMESBURY — One new and one familiar face began greeting visitors to the office of the new mayor late last week.

Congratulations to Kassandra Gove for Mayor of Amesbury, MA! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉1)The first women mayor of Amesbury2)The youngest...
01/03/2020

Congratulations to Kassandra Gove for Mayor of Amesbury, MA!
🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
1)The first women mayor of Amesbury
2)The youngest mayor of Amesbury
3)The first mayor to come from Amesbury
#HistoricNight
#AmesburyMaUSA
#ThePowerOfThree

01/02/2020
Amesbury Community Television

Amesbury Community Television

Amesbury Community Television's coverage of the 2020 Amesbury Inauguration Ceremony.

01/02/2020

What a historic night in town.

🎉Happy New Year 2020!🎉
01/01/2020

🎉Happy New Year 2020!🎉

99 Restaurants
12/18/2019

99 Restaurants

It's official! #TheNines is open on 100 Macy Street in Amesbury, MA. Come by and celebrate with us!

And don't forget to join our E-Club to receive exclusive coupons and be the first to hear about new offers, menu items and upcoming promotions: http://bit.ly/99E-Club

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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 .
The Bailey family in 1963 after an annual family meeting, lunch and photo shoot in Boston. Then we'd go to a family-friendly movie or musical theatre. All the children on the floor are now in their 50s and 60s!