Bartlett Museum

Bartlett Museum The Bartlett Museum is a nonprofit museum located at 270 Main Street, Amesbury
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Museum of Old Newbury
04/25/2020

Museum of Old Newbury

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: Ebenezer Bradbury (1793-1864) was a Newburyport silversmith who apprenticed with his father Theophilus Bradbury in 1807 and became his partner in 1815. The pair made soup, sauce and cream ladles, table and tea spoons, sugar basins, tea pots, cream pots and pitchers. Later in life, Ebenezer Bradbury kept an account book for expenses associated with a California gold claim. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Museum of Old Newbury
04/24/2020

Museum of Old Newbury

See in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Lucy Maria Follansbee was born in Newburyport in 1815 and died in Salem in 1873. A spinster, she bequeathed $3,000 to the city of Newburyport, the annual income thereof to be expended for the purchase of fuel and distributed among the worthy poor of the city. She also left bequests to the Society for the Relief of Aged Females and to the Newburyport Marine Society of which her father was a member. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Museum of Old Newbury
04/13/2020

Museum of Old Newbury

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: March 1845, Charles Coffin, Edward Lesley & Albert Currier, their associates & successors, were incorporated by the name of the Globe Steam Mills to manufacture cotton cloth in Newburyport. Land was purchased on Federal Street, extending to land on the corner of Independent & Water Streets. A four-story brick factory was built in 1846. Capital stock of the company increased from $200,000 to$320,000 in the early spring of that year. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury www.NewburyHistory.org

04/10/2020
Hampton Historical Society

Hampton Historical Society

Our April Newsletter is out and can be viewed online; here's a message from HHS board president Linda Metcalf

The Beauty of New England Stone Walls
04/10/2020
The Beauty of New England Stone Walls

The Beauty of New England Stone Walls

A collection of images celebrating the beauty of New England stone walls - all submitted by our talented readers.

Our Town Show  - Amesbury
04/09/2020

Our Town Show - Amesbury

I received a notification from f/b that the OTS page just went over 1,000 likes. I want to thank everyone for making this happen & helping the OTS share the beauty of Amesbury with the world.

Peabody Essex Museum
04/09/2020

Peabody Essex Museum

Dan Finamore, PEM’s curator of Maritime Art and History, spied something special in Salem this week.

“Taking a brief break from home confinement,” he says, “I took a stroll down to Derby Wharf and spotted something that probably hasn't occurred in Salem for a long time. The flagpole at the Salem National National Historic Site is flying a solid yellow flag, which is the signal code for the letter Q in the International Code of Signals. In addition to spelling out various messages when flown in combination with other signals, the Q flag flown alone is the symbol for ‘Quarantine.’”

The practice of quarantining ships has a long history. As far back as the 14th century, during Black Plague years, ships arriving at the port of Venice had to remain off shore for up to 40 days to make sure none of its passengers were carrying a sickness. The first official ordinance for quarantining a ship in Massachusetts dates back to 1647 when officials levied steep fines for any vessel arriving from a distant port that didn't pause at the entrance to Boston Harbor until given the signal to proceed.

In more recent times, the "Q" flag would have been flown on a ship that had cleared inspection and its passengers and crew were considered safe to be landed. In some regions, a black flag signaled the opposite. When the yellow "Q" flag flew on a wharf, as we see it now, it was announcing a zone where ships that were free of disease were allowed to tie up safely.

“I applaud the sentiment of those park service staff who hoisted this flag," shares Finamore. “May it bode well for the health of all Salem residents.”

Historic New England
04/02/2020

Historic New England

Shoe lovers, get ready! You can visit a nineteenth-century shoe mecca without even stepping foot outside. Take our audio tour of Haverhill, Mass., the midsize urban center that once relied on the manufacturing sector and served as an anchor for regional economies. The tour, part of our Everyone's History series, blends audio with historical images, giving you a rounded view of the city’s evolution over time.

Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/new-audio-tour-app-explores-haverhill-history/ to access the tour now.

Museum of Old Newbury
04/02/2020

Museum of Old Newbury

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: In 1759, Enoch Noyes manufactured horn buttons and combs in Newbury. In 1778, he employed William Cleland, a deserter from Burgoyne's army, a comb maker by profession, and a skilled workman. Thus began the comb-making business in this area. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury www.NewburyHistory.org

Museum of Old Newbury
03/30/2020

Museum of Old Newbury

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Bulkeley Emerson was postmaster of Newburyport from 1764 until his death in 1801. In those days, the price of a stamp was not paid by the sender, but by the recipient. If they didn't have the funds, it was often necessary to notify the delinquents to "call and settle." #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury www.NewburyHistory.org

Museum of Old Newbury
03/27/2020

Museum of Old Newbury

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On Dec. 13, 1890, the three E.P. Dodge and N.D. Dodge shoe factories were consolidated in the largest shoe business transaction ever in Newburyport. Production was expected to exceed $1.5 million. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury www.NewburyHistory.org

Salisbury Massachusetts History
03/22/2020

Salisbury Massachusetts History

Some Finds on the area from ebay Salisbury MA Cushing School c1910, "Amesbury, June 26, 1897; The Captain's Well, Negative by Edward Denham of New Bedford Mass," Tuxbury’s Pond,

Upcoming Free Webinars
03/20/2020
Upcoming Free Webinars

Upcoming Free Webinars

As the nation and the world grapples with the profound impact of COVID-19, the NYG&B’s top priority remains the health and safety of our community.

North Andover Historical Society
03/19/2020

North Andover Historical Society

WILSON'S CORNER--The intersection of Andover and Turnpike Streets has changed a bit since this picture was taken. Note the trolley heading down Elm Street; the farm on the left is now Merrimack College and we know Turnpike Street today as MA-114.

Today's photo reminds us that we have arrived at a crossroads in our community--taking the right action now will dictate how well we get through this unprecedented crisis. History gives us lessons on how to deal with pandemics, and as a nation we must listen.

We're working on developing online content so we can continue bringing you the stories, people, places and events that make up our shared heritage. Stay tuned and stay positive--we'll get through this!

P.S.--Think of your fellow citizens. Don't hoard toilet paper. 🧻🧻🧻☺️

03/15/2020
Maudslay State Park Association

Maudslay State Park Association

For those of you stuck at home today, doing your part to slow the spread, a virtual tour of early blooms with our VP Edward Speck. Stay safe and wash your hands! #flattenthecurve

Museum of Old Newbury
03/12/2020

Museum of Old Newbury

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On a visit to Newbury in 1754, Benjamin Franklin examined a tower of the Meeting House in Market Square that had been damaged by lightning. He found the lightning followed a wire and that the damage did not begin until after the lightning had left the metal. He wrote a letter describing his observations that was read before the Royal Society in London in 1755. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury www.NewburyHistory.org

Bread and Roses 1912-2012
03/10/2020

Bread and Roses 1912-2012

To honor International Women's Day, March 8: When the Lawrence, MA mill strike started in 1912 that we now know as the Bread & Roses Strike, owners wrongly predicted a quick end to it. They were shocked when they learned that enraged Italian women who had happened upon a lone police officer on an icy bridge stripped him of his gun, club, and badge, sliced the officer’s suspenders, took off his pants, and dangled him over the freezing river. Women strikers drove the police crazy. “One policeman can handle 10 men,” Lawrence's district attorney lamented, “while it takes 10 policemen to handle one woman.” A horrified boss, described women activists as full of “lots of cunning and also lots of bad temper. They’re everywhere, and it’s getting worse all the time.” Thanks women strikers everywhere!

Discover Amesbury
03/10/2020

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

City of Amesbury
03/09/2020

City of Amesbury

Have you checked out the Garrison Trailhead on Old Merrill Road? You'll find a parking lot, information about William Lloyd Garrison and a great starting point to explore the shared use path over the Whittier Bridge!

John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum
03/09/2020

John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum

A cool find from Amesbury resident Susan Hopkinson Dodge: "I found this interesting piece in a recent Country Living magazine."

Hampton Historical Society
02/24/2020

Hampton Historical Society

On this day in New Hampshire
February 23, 1751 - Born: Henry Dearborn

Henry Dearborn was born in Hampton, New Hampshire, on 23 February 1751. He studied medicine under Dr. Hall Jackson in Portsmouth and then married Mary Bartlett in 1771.

Dearborn joined the military early in the Revolution and saw action at Bunker Hill. He served under Benedict Arnold in Quebec, was captured and then paroled in 1776. As a major, he fought at Ticonderoga and Freeman’s Farm with the 1st New Hampshire Regiment. He spent the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, and later fought at Monmouth, against the Six Nations, and at Yorktown.

In the succeeding years, he returned to Maine, became a major general of militia there, was appointed U.S. marshal for the district of Maine, served in the U.S. House of Representatives, served as Secretary of War and helped plan the removal of the Indians to the west of the Mississippi River.

From 27 January 1812 to 15 June 1815, Dearborn was the senior officer in the Army. He fought unspectacularly against the British in the northeast theater in the War of 1812. He then went to command New York, and soon left active service. In later life, he was the ambassador to Portugal from 1822 to 1824. He died at Roxbury, Massachusetts, on 6 June 1829. (Source: http://www.images-of-new-hampshire-history.com/On-This-Day-in-New-Hampshire-History.php)

Museum of Old Newbury
02/21/2020

Museum of Old Newbury

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On February 21, 1837 the ship Burmah, bound from New Orleans to Portsmouth, NH with a load of cotton went ashore on a reef near Plum Island during a northeast storm. J.K. Lunt, a Newburyport pilot, saw the imminent danger. Risking his life, he succeeded in getting her off the reef & into Salem Harbor. The Burmah & her cargo were insured for $90,000, & J.K. Lunt was rewarded by the underwriters for the sum of $3,000. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury www.NewburyHistory.org

My Genealogy Hound
02/20/2020

My Genealogy Hound

A Civil War photo view of a passenger train at the Railroad Depot, Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania. Located in York County, this depot is located not far from the Gettysburg battlefield. Abraham Lincoln changed trains here on his way to Gettysburg to deliver his Gettysburg Address in 1863. This photo is from the Civil War era of 1861 to 1865. The depot is still standing and has been restored to its appearance during the Civil War.

Interested in the Civil War? A growing collection of Civil War related historic photos and vintage postcards can be viewed here:
http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/vintage-postcards/civil-war-related-vintage-postcards-historic-photos-and-images.htm

Thousands of additional historic photographs and vintage postcard views for a wide variety of topics and locations (including views from EVERY state) can be viewed on the My Genealogy Hound website at:
http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/vintage-postcards-photos-and%20images.asp

Lehigh Valley History
02/19/2020

Lehigh Valley History

Madison Square Garden under construction in 1966 with steel cables made by Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.

Museum of Old Newbury
02/17/2020

Museum of Old Newbury

Sepia Sunday: Safford & Lunt jewelry store, 46 State Street, Newburyport, 1886. From the Snow Photograph Collection, Museum of Old Newbury #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury www.NewburyHistory.org

Eighteen Friend Street
02/16/2020

Eighteen Friend Street

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

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270 Main Street
Amesbury, MA
01913

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The Bartlett Museum is a repository for artifacts relating to Amesbury, Massachusetts and the immediate surrounding area. Artifacts date from prehistory to the present. Exhibits include: a timeline of events in the history of Amesbury; a regional history room; a schoolroom; a major exhibit, which changes periodically; and a carriage house, filled with Amesbury built carriages.

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