Bartlett Museum

Bartlett Museum The Bartlett Museum is a nonprofit museum located at 270 Main Street, Amesbury

05/31/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Today is the 210th anniversary of Newburyport’s Great Fire of 1811. Thought to have started around 9 pm in an unoccupied stable on Mechanic’s Row, now Inn Street, the fire raged until two o'clock in the morning, burning nearly two hundred and fifty shops and dwelling houses between State and Fair streets, and Middle Street and the Merrimack river. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Timeline Photos
05/29/2021

Timeline Photos

Before Memorial Day, there was Decoration Day. The first observances were organized by women and African Americans to commemorate fallen Civil War soldiers.

During the war, some women began decorating soldiers' graves with flowers, a custom which may have been borrowed from German Catholic observances on All Saints' Day. Dozens of cities in the North and South claim to have been the birthplace of Decoration Day, but it had become an annual spring tradition in many cities by the end of the war.

This postcard is in our National Museum of American History's collection.

05/28/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1799, silver eagle pins approved by the Secretary of War, could be had from Abraham Perkins, No.4 Market Square. These were used to augment cockades, a rosette of black ribbon usually worn on the tricorn hat as part of a uniform. All persons belonging to the army were required to wear a black cockade, with a small white eagle in the center. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Amesbury Boat Shop Restores Historic Ship
05/26/2021
Amesbury Boat Shop Restores Historic Ship

Amesbury Boat Shop Restores Historic Ship

Amesbury, Massachusetts is home to Lowell’s Boat Shop, the oldest working boat shop in the United States. The crew recently restored a 65-year-old replica of a shallop boat carried aboard the Mayflower.

VIDEO: The Lure of New England
05/25/2021
VIDEO: The Lure of New England

VIDEO: The Lure of New England

The Lure Of New England, directed by Bon D. Grussing and produced by Martin Bovey Films in the mid-1940s for the Minneapolis-Moline Company, takes viewers on a short tour of America’s northeast. The film opens with shots of New England food, statues, beaches, rocky coasts, and covered bridges. Rur...

05/25/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Shoes on the move. On this day in 1802, Ebenezer Noyes informed readers that he was relocating his shoe business to Moses Brown’s wharf, a mere four doors away from his current location. Boots and shoes of every description were available. Also available were goat and kid skins in different colors by the dozen or single. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

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05/21/2021

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We’re looking forward to the next three days we’re open; Friday-Sunday! Join us from 10AM-5PM for trolley rides on our heritage railroad and check out our exhibits and displays around campus. The last ride departs at 4:05 each day. Purchase tickets at the door, or in advance here: http://trolleytickets.eventbrite.com All aboard!

05/21/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Thanks to Robert Long, in 1799, Newburyport residents could select from a large and elegant assortment of paper hangings for 2 to 12 shillings at his store on Federal St. Paste, a relatively new way to adhere paper to the wall rather than tacking it to a wooden frame, was also for sale. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Amesbury looking for a brand new tag
05/20/2021
Amesbury looking for a brand new tag

Amesbury looking for a brand new tag

AMESBURY — The mayor of the community often known for its long-gone carriage industry is looking to focus the city’s identity with a new brand.

05/20/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1932, the paper reported that former Mayor Michael Cashman pleaded for purification of the Merrimac River at the Merrimac Valley Regional Association spring meeting. He noted upriver dumping had forced the City’s clam diggers out of business. He called the river’s condition deplorable and urged cooperation with Boards of Health along the Merrimac from Concord, NH, to Newburyport. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

05/14/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1805, investors in the Newburyport Turnpike Corporation were notified that a 19th assessment at $20/share had been authorized by corporation directors to be paid May 30. The Corporation had been formed in 1803 to build a straight toll road from Boston to Newburyport, bypassing Salem. Voila – Route 1! #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

05/07/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Capt. Robert Bayley, Jr. was born in Newbury in 1808. He became a shipmaster very early in life, trading to the West Indies, sailing in command of several vessels. In 1830, with his father, he founded the house of Robert Bayley & Sons and continued in the West India trade until Jan. 1879. For many years the firm paid custom duties from $50,000 to $100,000 a year. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Timeline Photos
04/30/2021

Timeline Photos

A lot of people don't know the real meaning behind these statues, so they vandalize them, [email protected] about them being racist, etc. When the image of a black 'footman' with a lantern signified the home was a stop on the Underground Railroad. These are largely a northern thing, and weren't commonly found in the South until after WWII when northerners moved there and brought this custom with them. The clothing of the statue was also coded. A striped jockey's shirt meant that this was a place to swap horses, while a footman in a tailed coat meant overnight lodgings/food, and a blue sailor's waistcoat meant the homeowner could take you to a port and get you on a ship to Canada. I always laugh when I hear black folks talk about how racist these are, because honestly, the cats who had them were likely the LEAST racist. Later, these came back into popularity after WWII, and they were again coded to show the white homeowners supported early civil rights efforts, weren't Klan, etc.

04/30/2021
04/30/2021

Throwback Thursday!! This photo was taken sometime in the mid-1970s. The location is behind fire headquarters and the building you are looking at is the side of the old annex building that has since been torn down. On the far left is the 1965b model Mack, in the center, the Dodge power wagon forestry 1950-60’s and on the far right is the 1974 Cadillac ambulance.

The Beauty of New England Stone Walls
04/17/2021
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.

Timeline Photos
04/17/2021

Timeline Photos

Hammond Castle on the Massachusetts coast looks like something out of a fairytale — but it was built in the 1920s.

The extravagant estate was created by inventor John Hays Hammond Jr., who loved to delight and even playfully terrify the guests who entered his home. He would send his friends to the dungeon if they spilled their wine and failed to tell them that he had replaced the doorknobs with buttons that matched the wallpaper, which made him to howl as they tried to find their way out.

One of his favorite party tricks was cannonballing into the pool from the castle's second story, where a n**e statue of him overlooked the water, with a single, appropriately placed fig leaf. Explore the Medieval-themed madhouse of the "father of remote control": https://bit.ly/3dLubH7

04/15/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: "Never before has $809 bought so much automobile” crowed Hoyt Motor Sales Co. at 9-11 Titcomb Street on April 15, 1941. With the big Nash sedan, you got 30 miles per gallon, for an overall savings of $70-$100/year. The front seats were “nearly five feet wide,” a “Weather Eye Conditioned Air System” would help you keep your cool. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

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04/13/2021

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Addie Card, spinner in North Pownal Cotton Mill, 1910.

04/13/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: According to historian Coffin, the Town Records of April 13, 1680, “in answer to the propositions of Ipswich inhabitants to prohibit all sorts of cattle from going any more on Plum Island winter or summer, the town’s conclusion is that they do not consent to such an act.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Carriage Industry History Amesbury Massachusetts
04/12/2021
Carriage Industry History Amesbury Massachusetts

Carriage Industry History Amesbury Massachusetts

From my Article published in Newburyport Daily News March 2015 NOTE: Images and PDF Files Follow Article Amesbury, Massachusetts definitely held the “wheels” when it came to carriage-making. A vehicle stamped “made in Amesbury” was a guarantee that you were receiving the highest quality from...

Timeline Photos
04/07/2021

Timeline Photos

Our Special Collections has some pretty special maps! Reference Librarian Amanda gives us a peek at some of them in this Behind-the-Scenes video in celebration of #NationalLibraryWeek!
https://youtu.be/QOyZ0h4KDX8

03/25/2021

Today is National Medal of Honor Day 🎖 Did you know that two Amesbury Veterans are Medal of Honor recipients? Robert M. Boody received it in 1896 and Myles Moylan received it in 1894.

William Berry, 1610-1654 | Rye Historical Society & Town Museum
03/24/2021
William Berry, 1610-1654 | Rye Historical Society & Town Museum

William Berry, 1610-1654 | Rye Historical Society & Town Museum

By Mike Berry In 1629 King James I issued Captain John Mason and others right of settlement in the area now known as New England. Mason focused his initial efforts on the territory of land between the Merrimack River (now Salisbury, MA) and the Kennebec River (now Popham Beach, ME). William Berry,

Six Sears Houses - New England Historical Society
03/23/2021
Six Sears Houses - New England Historical Society

Six Sears Houses - New England Historical Society

From 1908-1940, hundreds of Sears kit houses were shipped to New England by rail. Sears house fans have identified them throughout the region. Here are six.

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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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