Museum of Old Newbury

Museum of Old Newbury Founded in 1877, the Museum of Old Newbury inspires the imagination and promotes excellence in history, fine and decorative arts, architecture, and historic preservation to advocate life-long learning and the entrepreneurial spirit.
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Originally founded as the “Antiquarian and Historical Society of Old Newbury”, the Museum of Old Newbury was organized in 1877. Over the past 140 years, the museum has dedicated itself to preserving and celebrating the stories of generations of local people. Today, we continue striving to connect our community with its shared past and to inspire its future. We offer public programming for all ages, changing exhibitions, school collaborations, special events, access to archival resources, and more!

Originally founded as the “Antiquarian and Historical Society of Old Newbury”, the Museum of Old Newbury was organized in 1877. Over the past 140 years, the museum has dedicated itself to preserving and celebrating the stories of generations of local people. Today, we continue striving to connect our community with its shared past and to inspire its future. We offer public programming for all ages, changing exhibitions, school collaborations, special events, access to archival resources, and more!

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Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: Dogs! Dogs! Dogs! Was a headline in the paper on this day in 1798. App...
06/05/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: Dogs! Dogs! Dogs! Was a headline in the paper on this day in 1798. Apparently a great number of dogs around town did not have collars as required by a State law enacted on April 1. The law said it was up to the Assessors to kill the collar-less dogs and to offer a reward of $2 for each dog killed. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: Dogs! Dogs! Dogs! Was a headline in the paper on this day in 1798. Apparently a great number of dogs around town did not have collars as required by a State law enacted on April 1. The law said it was up to the Assessors to kill the collar-less dogs and to offer a reward of $2 for each dog killed. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

It's Friday, it's June.... I head out for a walk at 7:00pm and see some lovely light....  on a mission to see the the Cu...
06/05/2021

It's Friday, it's June.... I head out for a walk at 7:00pm and see some lovely light.... on a mission to see the the Cushing House Gardens at the Museum of Old Newbury for my weekly visit. Gardens to me are forms of Art, designed, laid out, nurtured and cultivated by us. Then we are rewarded with beauty, color, fragrance, peace, calmness, an exhilaration like no other.... sometimes I just go "Oh my gosh! Incredible! The Beauty and Art of Mother Nature. Such a nice feeling for me to create ... what a privilege for me to experience. You too, can come and enjoy! The first image was taken at 7:30pm, the last one in this post, 10 minutes later at 7:40pm. The MOON gardens are open every day. COME and ENJOY our 43rd Annual Garden Tour, next Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13th. You MUST purchase your ticket on line. Your ticket is good for both days, there are 8 gardens for you to visit. A highlight of the Summer. Follow the link below. Come for a walk with me.... 😊. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/148925613519

Postcards from the MOON. Newburyport, Mass. - Plum Island Light (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colo...
06/04/2021

Postcards from the MOON. Newburyport, Mass. - Plum Island Light (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colonial Revival period. Though nostalgic, their titles may not reflect current research.) From the collections of the Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Postcards from the MOON. Newburyport, Mass. - Plum Island Light (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colonial Revival period. Though nostalgic, their titles may not reflect current research.) From the collections of the Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: He’s baaack! On this day in 1788, Thomas Merrill informed his friends and the...
06/04/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: He’s baaack! On this day in 1788, Thomas Merrill informed his friends and the public that he had returned to Newburyport and opened a House of Public Entertainment. Located a few doors from the Town House, he also could provide “good stabling for horses.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: He’s baaack! On this day in 1788, Thomas Merrill informed his friends and the public that he had returned to Newburyport and opened a House of Public Entertainment. Located a few doors from the Town House, he also could provide “good stabling for horses.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: The opening of Newburyport’s Little League season was front page news on this...
06/02/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: The opening of Newburyport’s Little League season was front page news on this day in 1955. A parade of Little League teams would step off from Bartlet Mall on Saturday heading to Cashman Park for a double header. Following a flag raising ceremony, Mayor Henry Graff would throw out the first ball to get the game started. A photo of the Kiwanis-sponsored defending champion Little League Braves accompanied the story. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: The opening of Newburyport’s Little League season was front page news on this day in 1955. A parade of Little League teams would step off from Bartlet Mall on Saturday heading to Cashman Park for a double header. Following a flag raising ceremony, Mayor Henry Graff would throw out the first ball to get the game started. A photo of the Kiwanis-sponsored defending champion Little League Braves accompanied the story. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1785, a handsome reward was offered in this paper to whomever ...
06/01/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1785, a handsome reward was offered in this paper to whomever returned a checkered handkerchief containing a woman’s dimothy skirt, two blue and white striped short gowns and “some little things.” The items had been lost between Boston and Newbury. Dimothy, also dimity, was a cotton fabric used in ladies' skirts and dresses. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1785, a handsome reward was offered in this paper to whomever returned a checkered handkerchief containing a woman’s dimothy skirt, two blue and white striped short gowns and “some little things.” The items had been lost between Boston and Newbury. Dimothy, also dimity, was a cotton fabric used in ladies' skirts and dresses. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Today is the 210th anniversary of Newburyport’s Great Fire of 1811. Thought t...
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

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

Sepia Sunday: Bark Albert Russell, 8th ship to be built by Atkinson & Fillmore, built 1875, 762 tons. From the Snow Phot...
05/30/2021

Sepia Sunday: Bark Albert Russell, 8th ship to be built by Atkinson & Fillmore, built 1875, 762 tons. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Sepia Sunday: Bark Albert Russell, 8th ship to be built by Atkinson & Fillmore, built 1875, 762 tons. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

It’s back and in-person...do you have your tickets yet? Museum of Old Newbury presents “Sowing the Seeds: A Season of Re...
05/29/2021

It’s back and in-person...do you have your tickets yet? Museum of Old Newbury presents “Sowing the Seeds: A Season of Renewal” | June 12 & 13, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/148925613519

It’s back and in-person...do you have your tickets yet? Museum of Old Newbury presents “Sowing the Seeds: A Season of Renewal” | June 12 & 13, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/148925613519

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On May 29, 1777, a little over 2 years into the war with England, the ...
05/29/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On May 29, 1777, a little over 2 years into the war with England, the Newburyport-built Frigate Hancock, under the command of Captain John Manley, and the Continental frigate Boston captured a small brig loaded with cordage and duck used for ropes and sails. The next day, they encountered, but escaped, the British 64-gun ship Somerset. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On May 29, 1777, a little over 2 years into the war with England, the Newburyport-built Frigate Hancock, under the command of Captain John Manley, and the Continental frigate Boston captured a small brig loaded with cordage and duck used for ropes and sails. The next day, they encountered, but escaped, the British 64-gun ship Somerset. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Postcards from the MOON. Marsh Scene [part two], Plum Island, Newburyport, Mass. (These historic 20th century postcards ...
05/28/2021

Postcards from the MOON. Marsh Scene [part two], Plum Island, Newburyport, Mass. (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colonial Revival period. Though nostalgic, their titles may not reflect current research.) From the collections of the Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Postcards from the MOON. Marsh Scene [part two], Plum Island, Newburyport, Mass. (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colonial Revival period. Though nostalgic, their titles may not reflect current research.) From the collections of the Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1799, silver eagle pins approved by the Secretary of War, coul...
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

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

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Samuel Cutler was mad. On this day in 1799, he placed in the paper notice of ...
05/27/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Samuel Cutler was mad. On this day in 1799, he placed in the paper notice of $10 reward to whomever would bring to justice the rogues who had cut and stolen a quantity of rigging from the Essex Merrimack (now the Chain) Bridge. That would be $215.35 in today’s dollars. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Samuel Cutler was mad. On this day in 1799, he placed in the paper notice of $10 reward to whomever would bring to justice the rogues who had cut and stolen a quantity of rigging from the Essex Merrimack (now the Chain) Bridge. That would be $215.35 in today’s dollars. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

PHOTOGRAPHER CAUGHT ON FILM! .... proving that life is good when one stops to smell the roses.... 😆.    I try and visit ...
05/27/2021

PHOTOGRAPHER CAUGHT ON FILM! .... proving that life is good when one stops to smell the roses.... 😆. I try and visit the Cushing Garden weekly to photograph the progression of the garden. This is six days after my last visit and the plants and flowers are going wild! New iris, some beautiful and FRAGRANT white tea roses. The amazing "Golden Chain Tree" (Laburnum).... what beautiful hanging yellow flowers! Come and visit the gardens, anytime! Just close the gate behind you!..... PLEASE NOTICE our banners to sign up for our 42nd Annual Garden Tour. One of the best events of the season! You will be able to visit 8 fantastic gardens here in NBPT and also in Newbury. The tickets are good for visiting on both days, Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance, on line. Here is a direct link to purchase your tickets. 😊https://www.eventbrite.com/e/148925613519

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On May 26, 1893, the Newburyport Press Club was born. Members of the newspape...
05/26/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On May 26, 1893, the Newburyport Press Club was born. Members of the newspaper fraternity in Newburyport and environs, met at Wolfe Tavern. The following slate of officers was approved: President - N.N. Withington, Daily News; 1st Vice President - W.C. Bagley of Amesbury; 2nd Vice president – H. Harriman, Georgetown Advocate; Secretary – W.C. Coffin, Newburyport Herald; Treasurer – B.A. Appleton, Newburyport Herald. The Executive Committee included representatives from the Boston Globe, Herald, Merrimac Budget and the West Newbury Messenger. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On May 26, 1893, the Newburyport Press Club was born. Members of the newspaper fraternity in Newburyport and environs, met at Wolfe Tavern. The following slate of officers was approved: President - N.N. Withington, Daily News; 1st Vice President - W.C. Bagley of Amesbury; 2nd Vice president – H. Harriman, Georgetown Advocate; Secretary – W.C. Coffin, Newburyport Herald; Treasurer – B.A. Appleton, Newburyport Herald. The Executive Committee included representatives from the Boston Globe, Herald, Merrimac Budget and the West Newbury Messenger. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Shoes on the move. On this day in 1802, Ebenezer Noyes informed readers that ...
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

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

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Churchill’s promise to uproot Fascism was the headline on this day in 1944, b...
05/24/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Churchill’s promise to uproot Fascism was the headline on this day in 1944, but Clarence Birdseye’s speech to the Newburyport Garden Club the previous day was also front page news. The producer of “frosted foods” spoke on perishable food preservation, stressing dehydrated foods, “a process Mr. Birdseye is now engaging.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Churchill’s promise to uproot Fascism was the headline on this day in 1944, but Clarence Birdseye’s speech to the Newburyport Garden Club the previous day was also front page news. The producer of “frosted foods” spoke on perishable food preservation, stressing dehydrated foods, “a process Mr. Birdseye is now engaging.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Sepia Sunday: Artichoke River Bridge. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOl...
05/23/2021

Sepia Sunday: Artichoke River Bridge. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Sepia Sunday: Artichoke River Bridge. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Postcards from the MOON. Plum Island Marshes, Newburyport, Mass. (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Col...
05/22/2021

Postcards from the MOON. Plum Island Marshes, Newburyport, Mass. (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colonial Revival period. Though nostalgic, their titles may not reflect current research.) From the collections of the Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Postcards from the MOON. Plum Island Marshes, Newburyport, Mass. (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colonial Revival period. Though nostalgic, their titles may not reflect current research.) From the collections of the Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On May 22, 1868, Historian Currier notes in his History of Newburyport...
05/22/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On May 22, 1868, Historian Currier notes in his History of Newburyport, that the “Mayor and Alderman of the city of Newburyport re-located and widened Fair Street at its junction with Temple Street.” Talk about hands-on politicians. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On May 22, 1868, Historian Currier notes in his History of Newburyport, that the “Mayor and Alderman of the city of Newburyport re-located and widened Fair Street at its junction with Temple Street.” Talk about hands-on politicians. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

The Gardens at the Cushing House have really gotten very "Spring Green"!   The Iris are in full bloom and there is beaut...
05/21/2021

The Gardens at the Cushing House have really gotten very "Spring Green"! The Iris are in full bloom and there is beauty everywhere! You are welcome to visit anytime, come in through any of the gates.... just close them when you leave.... it keeps all of the greenery in....😊. Get your tickets for the 42nd Annual Garden Tour for Sat/Sun, June 12th and 13th. You will see 8 beautiful gardens here in Newbury and Newburyport! One of the highlight events of the summer! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/148925613519

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98 High St
Newburyport, MA
01950

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The society is located at 98 High Street on the corner of High and Fruit Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
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I'm curious: I'm reading a bunch of books about Lt. Adolphus Greely, famous polar explorer and Civil War veteran, who was born here. His childhood home is said to be at 105-107 Prospect Street. In his day, he was only one of two Americans to be awarded the Congressional Medial of Honor (the other being Robert Peary). He deserves much recognition.Why is there no plaque about this on the house? Thanks!
The Topper!
This deed was from Moses Wheeler to Jane Wheeler, and is dated June 20, 1781. It was recorded on June 11, Book 140, Leaf 279, by John Pickering, Register of Deeds. I looked it up, and the deed is there. The deed includes several parcels in Rowley and Newbury. One parcel is along Falls Brook, and mentions boundaries with Thirla Mills (never saw it with an I before), Simon Thirla, and Jeremiah Pearson.
I have a question about Matilda Winchell Loring Cushing. She was the wife of James Gilchrist Swan. He left her with two children and headed to the California Goldfields in 1849, and as far as I can tell, did not return. She died in 1863. I found information about her children. Can you provide more information for me? Thank you in advance.
Found this slide in my collection from Marblehead. A fireman's muster parade in Marblehead. Undated (1940's?)
Frame made of a piece of the wedding dress of Mary Beck wife of Nathaniel Carter married Sept. 21st 1742. Posted by Wally Farrington, Hidden Away Antiques, [email protected]
Join us on August 17th at the Museum of Old Newbury in Newburyport for a wonderful discussion on weatherizing your windows!
I just finished a short history of the shoe industry in Newburyport. Hope you might enjoy. Still doing research.
Another view of the Chinook skirt created from the golden inner bark of the Western cedar, waist detail . . .
While William Henry Cushing, the Harvard educated son of the brig's owner, was on board the Chenamus as a passenger, he kept a detailed journal of activities on shipboard and ashore in Oregon Country in 1843. When William Cushing toured the countryside during his stay of more than a year on the river, Cushing went on a round of tea parties, dinners, and botanical specimen-collecting trips. He visited the various settlements, including the Falls, which would become Oregon City, and Champoeg. The Chenamus frequently dropped anchor at William Johnson’s farm which would become part of the fledgling Portland. Cushing had several meals at William Johnson’s home, prepared by his Indian wife Polly. He traveled to the Tualatin Plains and stayed overnight with Joe Meek’s family. Cushing observed a minor eruption of Mount St. Helens, commented on the fires, and sometimes supervised the assembling of an export cargo of wheat, salted fish, lumber, and beef. He occasionally met Indians, mostly native women married to white traders, or former trappers, native seafarers in their canoes or serving as pilots, but most of Cushing's extensive dealings were with the permanent white population. Cushing's journal is now at the Beinecke Library at Yale. Somehow Cushing obtained a Chinook skirt. At the suggestion of Randall Trowbridge, I contacted to the Museum of Old Newbury in Newburyport, Ma. for a photo. They were very helpful and here it is . . . travel back to 1843. Note the detailed handwork. I wonder about the girl who traded her skirt, and for what? This skirt was created from the golden inner bark of the Western Red Cedar tree. The bark is collected in long strips pulled from a small portion up the side of the tree. This causes no damaged to the tree. Once collected it is divided into smaller, narrower strips that can be braided and woven. Her work is truly amazing. The cedar bark skirt would shed rain. The Chinook also made capes and hats to shed the rain. Photos: Full Skirt, Waist Detail, and Knot Detail, taken by Kevin MacDonald, Curator, Custom House Maritime Museum; thanks too to Emily Shafer, Assistant Director of the Museum of Old Newbury.
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