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The plantation of Newbury was founded as a town in 1635 and is located in the northeastern part of Essex County. Pawtucket Indians hunted and captured seasonal runs before settlers appeared.
As the town grew fishing - weaving - tanning and shoe making as well as small scale ship building became important industries. Farmers would raise cattle and sheep so by 1791 there were over 3000 cattle on the town lands. Around that time the town began to produce woolen goods made from the first American-made wool machines that also included snuff and chaises and slate.
The competition from England's woolen mills decreased the emphasis on woolens which led to the production of cotton fabric and was the beginning of a cooperage which is a machine made nail factory and scythe mill.
In 1844 James Steam Mills was began and in 1850 the railroads were in town, by 1845 45000 pairs of shoes were made. Soon the economy would swing back into agriculture and by the end of the 19th century there was a large shift into dairying. By 1905 instead of shoes there were 450000 gallons of milk were produced and poultry and eggs became a significant business.
Visit Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for a mid-winter open house to celebrate the official purchase of the town of Newbury on January 13, 1701. As part of this community-wide event, tour the 1690 manor house, enjoy hot cider and donuts for sale in the visitor center, and then walk to the nearby town-sponsored bonfire. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.
When: Jan 10, 2015 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 00 )
To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of The Boston Camerata, our Christmas program features music from our very own tradition. From the early years of the American republic, and from a wide range of early tune books and manuscripts, a generous selection of carols, New England anthems, Southern folk hymns and religious ballads for the season.
When: Dec 18, 2014 8 PM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20 )
$60 Historic New England and Historic Deerfield members, $75 nonmembers, $50 Historic Homeowner members and students (with valid ID)
Dendrochronology, or the practice of scientifically dating timber structures, intrigues many owners of old houses. At this weekend workshop, get an introduction to this fascinating area of building conservation. Learn what dendro is, how it works, what it can and can't tell us, and how dendro dating impacts preservation decisions in historic houses. Experts William Flynt of Historic Deerfield, architectural historian Anne Grady, and Newport Restoration Foundation Director Pieter Roos discuss the use of dendrochronology, what it has revealed about New England architecture, current research, and how you can access testing. Afternoon tours of the manor house at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm and nearby Swett-Ilsley House give a first-hand look at tested sites.
Box lunch is included. Registration is required. Historic Deerfield members must call to register. Please call 617-994-6644 for more information. Purchase tickets now
When: Apr 18, 2015 9 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09 )
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