Buttonwoods Museum

Buttonwoods Museum The Buttonwoods tells the story of life in the Merrimack Valley. Visit the John Ward House, the Duncan House and the Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop. Experience our hands-on education and outreach programs that make this unique history come alive.

Winter Hours (November 1 to April 30): Closed for tours. Open for special events, programs, and by appointment. Visitor Center open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM. Summer Hours (May 1 to October 31): Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sundays 12-5PM

Teen Art Night tomorrow at the museum, 7-9pm! Bring a project you're already working on or try something new like #weavi...
07/24/2019

Teen Art Night tomorrow at the museum, 7-9pm! Bring a project you're already working on or try something new like #weaving #embroidery #knitting #crochet #watercolors or #pastels ! ๐Ÿงถ๐Ÿงต๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ

07/19/2019

We are cancelling the Sunday Saltonstall Tour this weekend due to the prediction of an extreme heat index. The tour has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 4 at 1 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

07/12/2019
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Join us tomorrow (7/13) at 11am for the ALL-NEW Saltonstall Tour! Learn about the Saltonstall family's connections to the site of the Buttonwoods Museum and Essex County as a whole. There may even be a connection to the Salem Witch Trials too...
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The breeze has picked up and thunder is rolling in the distance. After these last few days of heat, we're looking forwar...
07/11/2019

The breeze has picked up and thunder is rolling in the distance. After these last few days of heat, we're looking forward to the rain! โ›ˆ๏ธ

#haverhillma #flag #haverhillshoeart #waitingontherain #merrimackriver

The first instance of the all-new Saltonstall Tour is this Saturday at 11am!#LocalHistory #HaverhillMA #RowleyMA #SalemM...
07/10/2019

The first instance of the all-new Saltonstall Tour is this Saturday at 11am!

#LocalHistory #HaverhillMA #RowleyMA #SalemMA #EssexCountyMA #SalemWitchTrials

07/05/2019
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Looking for something to do with your family this weekend? Pick up a free activity packet at the museum tomorrow and explore the Pentucket Burial Ground! https://tinyurl.com/y37cabb3

07/04/2019

The museum will be closed today for the holiday. Happy Fourth Everyone!

While the Declaration of Independence is certainly the most famous document to bear John Hancock's signature, we do have...
07/03/2019

While the Declaration of Independence is certainly the most famous document to bear John Hancock's signature, we do have an original Hancock flourish in our museum's collection. This is a military commission issued in 1781 to Israel Bartlett of Essex County, during Hancock's first term as Governor of Massachusetts.

#declarationofindependence #johnhancock #18thcentury #americanhistory #historicsite #historymuseum #essexcountyma

The Buttonwoods Museum is proud to partner with the Haverhill Cultural Council on this Multicultural Festival 2020.Join ...
07/02/2019
Haverhill Multicultural Festival

The Buttonwoods Museum is proud to partner with the Haverhill Cultural Council on this Multicultural Festival 2020.

Join us on July 20, 2019 at HC Media for a fundraiser to support this event.

https://m.facebook.com/HaverhillMultiCulturalFestival/

The Haverhill Cultural Council is excited to announce the First Annual Haverhill Multi-Cultural Festival coming in 2020! Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved.

Marigold update! The seeds our Earth Day program participants planted 2 months ago are on the cusp of blooming. Look at ...
06/18/2019

Marigold update! The seeds our Earth Day program participants planted 2 months ago are on the cusp of blooming. Look at that orange peeking out! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿต๏ธ๐ŸŒŽ
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#earthday #marigolds #flowerbed

The 1859 Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop is sitting pretty in the shade on a sunny day ๐ŸŒž Visiting this "10-footer" is part o...
06/11/2019

The 1859 Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop is sitting pretty in the shade on a sunny day ๐ŸŒž Visiting this "10-footer" is part of our regular guided tour offered Tues-Sun throughout the season.
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Hearth cooking with school groups is always a hit - this weekend we're offering a free hearth cooking demonstration open...
06/07/2019

Hearth cooking with school groups is always a hit - this weekend we're offering a free hearth cooking demonstration open to the public! Swing by the 1710 John Ward House from 11am-2pm on Saturday, June 8 to smell and taste colonial food for yourself!

@greaterhaverhillarts Annual Art Exhibit, on display at the museum during regular hours through June 14! #Free and open ...
06/06/2019

@greaterhaverhillarts Annual Art Exhibit, on display at the museum during regular hours through June 14! #Free and open to the public. @ Haverhill, Massachusetts

Check out this preview of Guerilla Opera's Emergence Series: Hannah Duston by The Eagle-Tribune. We are very excited to ...
05/23/2019
Guerilla Opera

Check out this preview of Guerilla Opera's Emergence Series: Hannah Duston by The Eagle-Tribune. We are very excited to be providing one of the historical experiences prior to the performance!

However, as a brief clarification: The hatchet depicted in the article header image is a souvenir that was produced well after Hannah's lifetime.

Thanks to the The Eagle-Tribune for this great preview for our upcoming May 30 performance on our Emergence Series! We'll be unveiling "The Captivity of Hannah Duston" exploring a controversial historical figure from Haverhill.

Don't miss this first event developing the opera right in the Haverhill community! Tickets are available for the concert only or choose an Experience Package to learn more about the story behind the opera! Plus a Q&A with Grammy award winning composer Lansing McLoskey and NY Times Bestseller librettist Glen Nelson! See you there!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guerilla-opera-presents-emergence-tickets-60019421706

Please come see the second annual "Box City" built by the first and second graders at Golden Hill School. Box City will ...
05/22/2019

Please come see the second annual "Box City" built by the first and second graders at Golden Hill School. Box City will be on display through this Friday the 24th.

05/16/2019

#BehindTheScenes These photos, taken on Friday, March 20, 1936 and depicting the effects of the Great Flood of 1936 in Haverhill, were donated to the museum a couple weeks ago. One of our collections volunteers worked on cataloging them today. Each photo was assigned a unique number and placed inside a protective sleeve.
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From the back of each photo: "Haverhill Post Office looking down Emerson St." "Water St. Fire Station" "Looking from Middlesex St at Main" "Looking down Water St at Green St"

A peek into the @greaterhaverhillarts Student Show! On display at the museum through Saturday! @ Buttonwoods Museum
05/09/2019

A peek into the @greaterhaverhillarts Student Show! On display at the museum through Saturday!
@ Buttonwoods Museum

04/25/2019

The marigolds planted by our Earth Day program participants last week have sprouted! You can see one better in the second picture ๐Ÿ˜‰

#earthday #marigolds #flowerbed

04/15/2019

Don't forget to register for our Earth Day Celebration by 5pm tomorrow, April 16th! Children will make a seed starter for their garden at home, plant flowers in the Buttonwoods garden, and enjoy playing colonial games out on the lawn!

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Celebrate Earth Day at the Buttonwoods Museum! http://p0.vresp.com/HX0l8c
04/08/2019
Celebrate Earth Day at the Buttonwoods Museum!

Celebrate Earth Day at the Buttonwoods Museum! http://p0.vresp.com/HX0l8c

Celebrate Earth Day at The Buttonwoods Museum! Children will learn about colonial gardening, make a seed tray to start their own garden at home, and help spring clean and plant flowers in the Buttonwoods garden. Colonial games on the lawn will complete our celebration!

Noted poet, Frances Cole Lee. Her poem, "For the Love of Life" was displayed at the World's Fair in 1939. She also won f...
02/27/2019

Noted poet, Frances Cole Lee.
Her poem, "For the Love of Life" was displayed at the World's Fair in 1939. She also won first prize from the National Literary Guild for the poem "Sing of Peace" in 1945. She was the wife of Haverhill High athlete, Joe Lee and had three books published and more than 300 poems published in magazines and newspapers.

Photos from the Buttonwoods Museum collection. #BlackHistoryMonth

Joseph H. Lee, Jr. (middle row, fourth from left in baseball photo) was a three season athlete at Haverhill High, compet...
02/24/2019

Joseph H. Lee, Jr. (middle row, fourth from left in baseball photo) was a three season athlete at Haverhill High, competing in football, baseball, and track & field. He is one of the earliest members admitted into the Haverhill Sports Hall of Fame. He graduated Haverhill High in 1902.

Track & field photo from HHS interscholastic meet in 1899. A song was written for him at the time, by coach Linwood O. Town, such to the tune of "Just One Girl." It goes like this:

Now watch and see Joe Lee get ready
For his act, for his act,
He's a man who is cool and is steady,
That's a fact, that's a fact!
He does the high jump while he's running
With a might, with a might!!
Now what is the matter with Joseph?
Now, don't you know, he's all right!

#BlackHistoryMonth #ThisIsHaverhill

Power of Self Education - POSE Inc.
02/23/2019

Power of Self Education - POSE Inc.

Still plenty of Black History Month Programming to enjoy!! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿพ

Harry "Bucky" Lew was best known for becoming the first African-American professional basketball player when he joined t...
02/20/2019

Harry "Bucky" Lew was best known for becoming the first African-American professional basketball player when he joined the New England League in 1902. He played for Haverhill from 1903-1905. #BlackHistoryMonth #ThisIsHaverhill

Join us on Saturday night to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth with Power of Self Education - POSE Inc.
02/20/2019

Join us on Saturday night to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth with Power of Self Education - POSE Inc.

Friends we have (2) $100 sponsorship slots left to reach our match goal for black history month programing!! Thank you to the 10 sponsors who have donated, we appreciate your support. We are so excited to unveil our sponsorship banner at this years 3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration this Saturday at Buttonwoods Museum from 7-9PM. It is going to be an amazing celebration!

Red wedding dress and hat, from the Buttonwoods Museum collection.The wedding dress has a fitted bodice and high neck wi...
02/14/2019

Red wedding dress and hat, from the Buttonwoods Museum collection.

The wedding dress has a fitted bodice and high neck with stand-up collar. Sleeves are long and tight fitting. Flaring skirt is the popular style for this decade. Donorโ€™s hat was designed by Haverhill milliner Marjorie Callahan, and is covered with cotton velveteen flowers in shades of pinks and reds. There is rose-colored tulle along the front of the asymmetrical brim.

White wedding gowns were very popular during the 1950s, although brides would often choose other, less traditional colors under certain circumstances. The donor decided on this lovely dress because her future husbandโ€™s mother had just died, and she felt the traditional white would not be appropriate. This dress was purchased at Gradโ€™s Ladies Apparel, located on Merrimack Street, in Haverhill.

From the Buttonwoods Museum collection: c.1929 photo of Haverhill-born nurse Harriet Lee Spellman at Lincoln Hospital in...
02/13/2019

From the Buttonwoods Museum collection: c.1929 photo of Haverhill-born nurse Harriet Lee Spellman at Lincoln Hospital in New York City and a 1920s era Emesis basin . #BlackHistoryMonth

Mayor Jim Fiorentini
02/11/2019

Mayor Jim Fiorentini

Congratulations Steven C. Perry โ€“ our February Artist of the Month!

Steve is a #Haverhill native and member of the Greater Haverhill Arts Association. Steve told us one of his greatest accomplishments has been exhibiting his artwork at Haverhillโ€™s Buttonwoods Museum, where he drew the attention of many local and well-known artists.

And thanks again to January Artist of the Month Katherine LaRosa. We loved showcasing your amazing artwork in our office last month.

From the Buttonwoods Museum collection, 1932 photo taken outside Calvary Baptist Church, Haverhill MassachusettsFirst ro...
02/09/2019

From the Buttonwoods Museum collection, 1932 photo taken outside Calvary Baptist Church, Haverhill Massachusetts

First row left to right: Arlene Mitchell, Connie Davis
Second row L-R: Charlotte Winfield, Phyllis Lee Qualls, Catherine Davis, Ruth Hall

#BlackHistoryMonth

Power of Self Education - POSE Inc.
02/09/2019

Power of Self Education - POSE Inc.

We are honored to be one of the 2019 grant recipients of the Haverhill Cultural Council for this event in the amount of $1,200 and we thank them for coming on board as a supporter of this unique cultural event. We are seeking 12 $100 sponsors to help us match this grant to sustain our Black History Month programming.

Update: Thank you to the 8 sponsors who quickly stepped up to support diverse cultural programming in Haverhill! We just need 4 more sponsors ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ Highrock Haverhill Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce EZ-Way Cleaners Mt. Washington Alliance - Strengthening Community, Building Opportunity

Haverhill Gazette article, April 20, 1955Herbert C. Dublin, Jr. named Haverhill's first African-American police officer....
02/06/2019

Haverhill Gazette article, April 20, 1955
Herbert C. Dublin, Jr. named Haverhill's first African-American police officer. #BlackHistoryMonth #ThisIsHaverhill

From the Haverhill Sports Hall of Fame Trivia Book:"Leo Thomas will always be remembered as one of the greatest football...
02/03/2019

From the Haverhill Sports Hall of Fame Trivia Book:
"Leo Thomas will always be remembered as one of the greatest football stars to come out of Haverhill High School. He was also one of two African American players on the 1936 team. At a time where racism was certainly present, his coach and teammates would constantly protect and welcome Thomas as one of their own."

1930s football pictured, from the Buttonwoods Museum collection. #BlackHistoryMonth

Today marks the start of #BlackHistoryMonth. We'll be featuring some of the photos and artifacts from our collection all...
02/01/2019

Today marks the start of #BlackHistoryMonth. We'll be featuring some of the photos and artifacts from our collection all month related to Haverhill's African-American history.

Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this weekend? From the Buttonwoods Museum collection, a few of the super bowls on dis...
01/30/2019

Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this weekend?

From the Buttonwoods Museum collection, a few of the super bowls on display in the c. 1814 Duncan House dining room. The Duncan family were merchants with trade connections around the globe. The red bowls pictured here are from England and the blue bowls are from China.

From the Buttonwoods Museum collection, a football from 1930, recording the 6-0 win for St. James High School over Lawre...
01/29/2019

From the Buttonwoods Museum collection, a football from 1930, recording the 6-0 win for St. James High School over Lawrence.

What's your prediction for the Super Bowl score this weekend?

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240 Water St
Haverhill, MA
01830

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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(978) 374-4626

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