The West Newbury Historical Society
The West Newbury Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which seeks to preserve and promote the history and culture of West Newbury, Massachusetts.
Located in the historic ca. 1780 William Hills House, the Society boasts a sizeable collection of historical objects and ephemera related to West Newbury’s agrarian and industrial past.
On the grounds of the Hills House are the ca. 1850 Cobbler’s shop, an herb garden, and a privy. The home’s namesake, William Hills, was a cooper by trade. His tools are on permanent display at the house. During his career, William Hills sailed from Newburyport to the West Indies to bring back molasses in the Triangle Trade. Bundles of staves were loaded onto each ship and on the voyage down, Hills would assemble the hogsheads and pipes so they were ready to be filled upon arrival.
The herb garden is based on a design from Plimoth Plantation. The garden contains over 50 varieties of herbs grown during the 18th century for their pharmaceutical, aromatic and therapeutic qualities.
Vernon & Betty Burnham - 230 Main Street
An impressive repository:
Cherry Hill Archive:
A link for all to enjoy for hours into the future. The choices are fabulous.:
Tomorrow night (Tuesday) there will be a meeting to discuss town funds that are available and intended for community programming on the local cable channels, but has never been fully used. The meeting starts at 6pm and open to the public.