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.

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

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

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Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1933, locals read in a syndicated column by Marshall Ma...
09/25/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1933, locals read in a syndicated column by Marshall Maslin, "I hear considerable complaint about grandmothers. It seems they are a menace to their grandchildren. They won't leave them alone. They want to play with them. They spoil them. It seems that if the young folk leave the children with the grandparents for a weekend trip - and the best of parents want to get away from their children occasionally - it takes the young parents at least a week to get the kids back into line again." #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1933, locals read in a syndicated column by Marshall Maslin, "I hear considerable complaint about grandmothers. It seems they are a menace to their grandchildren. They won't leave them alone. They want to play with them. They spoil them. It seems that if the young folk leave the children with the grandparents for a weekend trip - and the best of parents want to get away from their children occasionally - it takes the young parents at least a week to get the kids back into line again." #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

In case you missed it…The Haunted Cabinet of Caroline Cushing - a blog by Bethany Groff Dorau. "My throat tightens, my s...
09/24/2021

In case you missed it…The Haunted Cabinet of Caroline Cushing - a blog by Bethany Groff Dorau.
"My throat tightens, my skin goes cold, other senses are heightened. The cabinet is designed to keep this beloved woman alive in some way, to preserve her memory. It is heartbreaking and intimate. There is no ectoplasm, no v***r, but it is haunted nonetheless by the curated grief of her husband..."
Read more at https://www.newburyhistory.org/bethanys-blog-sept-24-2021, and if you don't get to see the rest of the newsletter, please become a member of the Museum of Old Newbury at https://www.newburyhistory.org/membership

Postcards from the MOON. Plum Island Center, Newburyport, Mass., circa 1948. (These historic 20th century postcards are ...
09/24/2021

Postcards from the MOON. Plum Island Center, Newburyport, Mass., circa 1948. (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 Center, Newburyport, Mass., circa 1948. (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 1796, the Committee of Health noted that since the day before,...
09/24/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1796, the Committee of Health noted that since the day before, only 3 had died from and 3 were now sick with a Malignant Fever, later called Yellow Fever. Eventually, 44 people died of this fever in Newburyport and the adjacent towns, in the Summer and Autumn of 1796. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1796, the Committee of Health noted that since the day before, only 3 had died from and 3 were now sick with a Malignant Fever, later called Yellow Fever. Eventually, 44 people died of this fever in Newburyport and the adjacent towns, in the Summer and Autumn of 1796. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Peanuts, Get Your Peanuts! On this day in 1916, the Daily News reported that ...
09/23/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Peanuts, Get Your Peanuts! On this day in 1916, the Daily News reported that Andrew Mazonni, a well-known peanut seller at the foot of State Street, would once again be at his place of business. He had recently been confined to his home due to illness for some time. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Peanuts, Get Your Peanuts! On this day in 1916, the Daily News reported that Andrew Mazonni, a well-known peanut seller at the foot of State Street, would once again be at his place of business. He had recently been confined to his home due to illness for some time. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Wanted on this day in 1883 were the persons who took a ladder from the corner...
09/22/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Wanted on this day in 1883 were the persons who took a ladder from the corner of State & Middle Streets three weeks before. They could return it to 82 Market Square or have it sent to the City Marshall. Per the paper, the culprits are well known, but if returned, “mum is the word.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Wanted on this day in 1883 were the persons who took a ladder from the corner of State & Middle Streets three weeks before. They could return it to 82 Market Square or have it sent to the City Marshall. Per the paper, the culprits are well known, but if returned, “mum is the word.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

It's Tombstone Tuesday - Old Hill Edition!Each week, we will introduce you to some of our favorite dead friends here at ...
09/21/2021

It's Tombstone Tuesday - Old Hill Edition!
Each week, we will introduce you to some of our favorite dead friends here at the Museum of Old Newbury. Their lives and their stories shape the community we love.

Charles W. Milton (1767-1837) was born in London, England. At the invitation of Reverend John Murray of the First Presbyterian Church, known as the Old South Church, Reverend Milton arrived in 1791 to assist with the local ministry. Dissenters from Murray’s Federal Street Church enjoyed the young preacher and, in 1794, a new society was incorporated, Fourth Religious Society on Prospect Street. Reverend Milton was remembered as a man of “marked individuality, eccentric in habits and style of dress.”

It's Tombstone Tuesday - Old Hill Edition!
Each week, we will introduce you to some of our favorite dead friends here at the Museum of Old Newbury. Their lives and their stories shape the community we love.

Charles W. Milton (1767-1837) was born in London, England. At the invitation of Reverend John Murray of the First Presbyterian Church, known as the Old South Church, Reverend Milton arrived in 1791 to assist with the local ministry. Dissenters from Murray’s Federal Street Church enjoyed the young preacher and, in 1794, a new society was incorporated, Fourth Religious Society on Prospect Street. Reverend Milton was remembered as a man of “marked individuality, eccentric in habits and style of dress.”

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: The Essex Agricultural Society advertised its 84th Annual Cattle Show and Fai...
09/21/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: The Essex Agricultural Society advertised its 84th Annual Cattle Show and Fair in Peabody (not Topsfield), Sept 20-22, 1904. Besides "cattle, horses, poultry and all kinds of live stock," there would be "a balloon ascension and parachute jump, bicycle and motorcycle races, grand coaching and automobile parade, followed by hurdle jumping by the Myopia club. Adults 25 cents. Children under 14 free." #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: The Essex Agricultural Society advertised its 84th Annual Cattle Show and Fair in Peabody (not Topsfield), Sept 20-22, 1904. Besides "cattle, horses, poultry and all kinds of live stock," there would be "a balloon ascension and parachute jump, bicycle and motorcycle races, grand coaching and automobile parade, followed by hurdle jumping by the Myopia club. Adults 25 cents. Children under 14 free." #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Help Wanted - Advertised this day in 1865, "WANTED IMMEDIATELY" by D.T.Reed, ...
09/20/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Help Wanted - Advertised this day in 1865, "WANTED IMMEDIATELY" by D.T.Reed, "Eight Women to go to Ipswich to run Sewing Machines to sew up hose. Good wages given. Apply without delay at No. 88 State Street.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Help Wanted - Advertised this day in 1865, "WANTED IMMEDIATELY" by D.T.Reed, "Eight Women to go to Ipswich to run Sewing Machines to sew up hose. Good wages given. Apply without delay at No. 88 State Street.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Sepia Sunday: Capt. Billy Reed. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbu...
09/19/2021

Sepia Sunday: Capt. Billy Reed. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Sepia Sunday: Capt. Billy Reed. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On September 19, 1775, 1,100 farmers, soldiers, merchants, teachers, l...
09/18/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On September 19, 1775, 1,100 farmers, soldiers, merchants, teachers, laborers, and others gathered at Newburyport to leave on eleven ships for a secret, bold attack on Quebec City. The expedition was led by Benedict Arnold, before he became the infamous turncoat. The plan was devised by Arnold and George Washington shortly after the Battle of Bunker Hill. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On September 19, 1775, 1,100 farmers, soldiers, merchants, teachers, laborers, and others gathered at Newburyport to leave on eleven ships for a secret, bold attack on Quebec City. The expedition was led by Benedict Arnold, before he became the infamous turncoat. The plan was devised by Arnold and George Washington shortly after the Battle of Bunker Hill. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

In case you missed it…A Roll In the Hay - a blog by Bethany Groff Dorau."The gas stations of their time were the Haymark...
09/17/2021

In case you missed it…A Roll In the Hay - a blog by Bethany Groff Dorau.
"The gas stations of their time were the Haymarkets, where fuel for the literal horsepower of city residents was brought in from the surrounding countryside. Hay is embedded in language, culture, ritual, art. We “roll in the hay.” We “make hay while the sun shines.” We “hit the hay,” “cut a swath,” find needles in haystacks"...read more at https://www.newburyhistory.org/bethanys-blog-sept-17-2021

Postcards from the MOON. Cushing House ivy, Newburyport, Mass. (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colon...
09/17/2021

Postcards from the MOON. Cushing House ivy, 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. Cushing House ivy, 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 Sunday, September 17, 1775, a portion of the troops enlisted for the exped...
09/17/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On Sunday, September 17, 1775, a portion of the troops enlisted for the expedition to Quebec under Col. Benedict Arnold attended public worship at the First Presbyterian Meeting House on Federal Street, now known as Old South Church. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On Sunday, September 17, 1775, a portion of the troops enlisted for the expedition to Quebec under Col. Benedict Arnold attended public worship at the First Presbyterian Meeting House on Federal Street, now known as Old South Church. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Under the heading "Literary - Elegant and Useful Criticism" the front page of...
09/16/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Under the heading "Literary - Elegant and Useful Criticism" the front page of the paper on this day in 1800 was this directive, “The mind is confused by a multitude of books. Read therefore none but authors of approval and sound principles. If now and then you permit yourself to relax your mind with a light writer, still resume your former study.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Under the heading "Literary - Elegant and Useful Criticism" the front page of the paper on this day in 1800 was this directive, “The mind is confused by a multitude of books. Read therefore none but authors of approval and sound principles. If now and then you permit yourself to relax your mind with a light writer, still resume your former study.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1795, Robert Laird was offering cash for barley at his brewery...
09/15/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1795, Robert Laird was offering cash for barley at his brewery on Green Street, Newburyport. He also wanted readers of the paper to know that choice strong beer was available wholesale and retail, as usual. Two pounds of whole barley was needed for every gallon of beer. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1795, Robert Laird was offering cash for barley at his brewery on Green Street, Newburyport. He also wanted readers of the paper to know that choice strong beer was available wholesale and retail, as usual. Two pounds of whole barley was needed for every gallon of beer. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

It's Tombstone Tuesday - Old Hill Edition! Each week, we will introduce you to some of our favorite dead friends here at...
09/14/2021

It's Tombstone Tuesday - Old Hill Edition!
Each week, we will introduce you to some of our favorite dead friends here at the Museum of Old Newbury. Their lives and their stories shape the community we love.

Alexander Caldwell (1747-1832) came to Newburyport from Litchfield, New Hampshire, and worked for a distillery before establishing Caldwell’s distillery in 1772. His son, John, and later John’s sons, Alexander and George, and the next generations, continued to own the famous New England rum distillery. The factories were located at the foot of Kent Street. Caldwell’s Old Newburyport Rum was sold all over the world, and its trademark was the earliest registered after Old Medford.

It's Tombstone Tuesday - Old Hill Edition!
Each week, we will introduce you to some of our favorite dead friends here at the Museum of Old Newbury. Their lives and their stories shape the community we love.

Alexander Caldwell (1747-1832) came to Newburyport from Litchfield, New Hampshire, and worked for a distillery before establishing Caldwell’s distillery in 1772. His son, John, and later John’s sons, Alexander and George, and the next generations, continued to own the famous New England rum distillery. The factories were located at the foot of Kent Street. Caldwell’s Old Newburyport Rum was sold all over the world, and its trademark was the earliest registered after Old Medford.

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Manhood and the vigor of youth could be restored in four weeks - results guar...
09/14/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Manhood and the vigor of youth could be restored in four weeks - results guaranteed - with Dr. Ricord’s Essence of Life, according to an ad in the paper on this day on 1868. “Flor de Mayo, a new perfume for the handkerchief” could also be had at all druggists. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Manhood and the vigor of youth could be restored in four weeks - results guaranteed - with Dr. Ricord’s Essence of Life, according to an ad in the paper on this day on 1868. “Flor de Mayo, a new perfume for the handkerchief” could also be had at all druggists. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1799, William Farnham, Collector of Revenue for eastern Essex ...
09/13/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1799, William Farnham, Collector of Revenue for eastern Essex County, announced that he would be collecting duties on wheeled carriages used to convey people at his home office in Newburyport. He also would be available at the homes of others in Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, Haverhill and Andover. Penalties were threatened for non-payment. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1799, William Farnham, Collector of Revenue for eastern Essex County, announced that he would be collecting duties on wheeled carriages used to convey people at his home office in Newburyport. He also would be available at the homes of others in Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, Haverhill and Andover. Penalties were threatened for non-payment. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Sepia Sunday: Buildings on High Street between Summer and Winter Streets, Newburyport, Mass., circa 1934. From the Snow ...
09/12/2021

Sepia Sunday: Buildings on High Street between Summer and Winter Streets, Newburyport, Mass., circa 1934. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Sepia Sunday: Buildings on High Street between Summer and Winter Streets, Newburyport, Mass., circa 1934. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: Under a front page photo of Russians attacking Germans on the Eastern ...
09/11/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: Under a front page photo of Russians attacking Germans on the Eastern Front, the 1943 Daily News for the day reported that the city would send 13 more men into service as part of the military draft. Before names for the October call were announced, a medical recheck of those already examined was to be made. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: Under a front page photo of Russians attacking Germans on the Eastern Front, the 1943 Daily News for the day reported that the city would send 13 more men into service as part of the military draft. Before names for the October call were announced, a medical recheck of those already examined was to be made. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

In case you missed it… That Feeling When…Your Dead Husband Hides the Toilet in the Woodpile...a blog by Bethany Groff Do...
09/10/2021

In case you missed it… That Feeling When…Your Dead Husband Hides the Toilet in the Woodpile...a blog by Bethany Groff Dorau.

We had our favorite court cases, our favorite people. Reuben Guppi, who shoved a hen down his pants and ran away from home; Rev. Gilbert, who had a bit too much to drink before the service and threw up in the middle of a psalm; Ruth Peters of Wenham, who attacked a man with…cheese. But there is no set of weird, wild, crazy people in the history of this area quite like the Quilter family...

Read more here - https://www.newburyhistory.org/bethanys-blog-sept-10-2021

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Grateful for this featured article by the Eagle Tribune on our new website! Whether you live in an antique home or just enjoy being a part of our county, historichometowns.com has something for you! https://www.eagletribune.com/news/merrimack_valley/historic-home-towns-project-explores-restoration/article_c7a9477b-4d92-5bb0-ba25-784db1fb541d.html
Hello - I visited many years ago and brought you a collection of ephemera and other family items from sisters Mabel and Sarah Ridgeway, whose family resided in your town. I also met one of your volunteers who stated that she almost bought the Ridgeway home at one time.She sas very interested in seeing and reading about the family. I'm an historian an researcher and loved that I could finally bring this familys' belongings home for them. Over the years I have found other items including hand written letters from the mid-1800's and very old family bibles. My grandmother was executrix to the sisters' will. She saw to it that that various family memorabilia were saved. After she was gone my mother took care of the Ridgeway things. After she passed, I took over. It was only right that these were returned to your museum. I would like to bring these additional items to you this Fall when, hopefully, visiting is allowed.
Live now - Newburyport history is being discussed! Susan Edwards(9-9:20) and Bethany Groff Dorau (beginning at 9:30?). On the Hub.
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 . . .