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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.

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Vintage Base Ball Double-Header, August 3
Vintage Base Ball Double-Header, August 3
Newburyport Clamdiggers vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams

Sunday, August 3, noon
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers
 
Watch two of the five teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, the Portsmouth Rockinghams, and the new (old) Georgetown Samosets, play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call.

In partnership with the Essex Base Ball Association and Ipswich Ale.
 
Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: Aug 3, 2014 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00 )
Tales and Ales, October 17
Tales and Ales, October 17
Friday, October 17, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Swett-Ilsley House, 4 High Road, Newbury, Mass.

$35 Historic New England members, $60 nonmembers

In the late seventeenth century, Swett-Ilsley House served the town as Swett’s Tavern, one of three watering holes in Newbury. The huge fireplace and massive beams make a perfect backdrop for an evening of historic fun. Join your friends around a rough tavern table and enjoy traditional local brews from Ipswich Ale Brewery and a hearty tavern dinner while listening to true tales of sword fights, scandalous romances, and bloody brawls, all from Newbury’s storied past. Participants must be over 21.

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: Oct 17, 2014 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00 )
Walk That Walk
This is Stickman’s local hangout a half block from his house. Expect a large crowd to dance to our swinging blues. The Coma is a great bar with excellent food! Its the place where plumbers and surgeons rub elbows with fishermen, Hairdressers, and all the great local people of the island. Restaurant hours: 11:30a-9p Daily *Fri and Sat 9p-10p, pizza only Bar Hours: 11:30a-11:30p Daily

When: Sep 13, 2014 6 PM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18 )
Rum Rations and Revolution: Eating and Drinking with Captain Boardman, September 5
Rum Rations and Revolution: Eating and Drinking with Captain Boardman, September 5
Friday, September 5, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

$35 Historic New England members, $60 nonmembers

Celebrate fall with rum and a Revolutionary meal. In the late eighteenth century, Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm was the country estate of Newburyport's most famous privateer, Captain Offin Boardman. The soaring rafters and massive beams of the 1775 barn are a perfect backdrop for an evening of historic fun. Come join your friends around a rough farm table and enjoy traditional rum punch and a hearty farm dinner while listening to true tales of prison breaks, piracy, and potato farming, all from the sizzling pages of Captain Boardman's diary. Participants must be over 21.

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: Sep 5, 2014 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00 )
Vintage Base Ball Double-Header, September 7
Vintage Base Ball Double-Header, September 7
Lynn Live Oaks vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers

Sunday, September 7, noon
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers
 
Watch two of the five teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, the Portsmouth Rockinghams, and the new (old) Georgetown Samosets, play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call.

In partnership with the Essex Base Ball Association and Ipswich Ale.
 
Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now


When: Sep 7, 2014 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 07 Sep 2014 00 )
Vintage Base Ball Double-Header, September 14
Vintage Base Ball Double-Header, September 14
Lowell Base Ball Club vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams

Sunday, September 14, noon
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers

 
Watch two of the five teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, the Portsmouth Rockinghams, and the new (old) Georgetown Samosets, play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call.

In partnership with the Essex Base Ball Association and Ipswich Ale.
 
Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: Sep 14, 2014 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00 )
Vintage Base Ball Quadruple-Header, August 24
Vintage Base Ball Quadruple-Header, August 24
Newburyport Clamdiggers vs. Lynn Live Oaks, Portsmouth Rockinghams vs. Lowell Base Ball Club

Sunday, August 24, 10:00 a.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers

 
Watch four of the five teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, the Portsmouth Rockinghams, and the new (old) Georgetown Samosets, play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call.

In partnership with the Essex Base Ball Association and Ipswich Ale.
 
Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: Aug 24, 2014 10 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10 )
Vintage Base Ball Championship
Vintage Base Ball Championship
All Teams

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free
 
Watch four of the five teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, the Portsmouth Rockinghams, and the new (old) Georgetown Samosets, play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call.

This program coincides with the National Farmers Market Association.

In partnership with the Essex Base Ball Association and Ipswich Ale.
 
Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.

When: Oct 4, 2014 10 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sat, 04 Oct 2014 10 )
The Farmer's Table
The Farmer's Table
Friday, October 3, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

$65 Historic New England members, $85 nonmembers

Celebrate four centuries of farming with a multi-course farm-to-table dinner with wine pairings prepared by Carry Out Cafe using produce grown by the Colby family at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. This event highlights the farmers who kept this rich land cultivated in the twentieth century. The Stekionis family lived and worked at the farm from 1913 until 1994, while Dick Walsh came to grow spinach during World War II and never left. Historic New England leases the land to local farmers such as Colby Farm, whose produce is served at this meal. Participants must be over 21.

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: Oct 3, 2014 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00 )
Rum Rations and Revolution: Eating and Drinking with Captain Boardman, September 6
Rum Rations and Revolution: Eating and Drinking with Captain Boardman, September 6
Saturday, September 6, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

$35 Historic New England members, $60 nonmembers

Celebrate fall with rum and a Revolutionary meal. In the late eighteenth century, Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm was the country estate of Newburyport's most famous privateer, Captain Offin Boardman. The soaring rafters and massive beams of the 1775 barn are a perfect backdrop for an evening of historic fun. Come join your friends around a rough farm table and enjoy traditional rum punch and a hearty farm dinner while listening to true tales of prison breaks, piracy, and potato farming, all from the sizzling pages of Captain Boardman's diary. Participants must be over 21.

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: Sep 6, 2014 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00 )
Farmers Market 5K and 10K Road Race


When: Oct 4, 2014 12 AM to Oct 4, 2014 12 AMin Newbury, Massachusetts (Sat, 04 Oct 2014 00 )
WORKSHOP ARTS, Inc


When: Jul 7, 2014 12 AM to Aug 1, 2014 12 AMin Newbury, Massachusetts (Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00 )
Jan’s Pitch Benefit Vintage Base Ball Game
Jan’s Pitch Benefit Vintage Base Ball Game
All Teams

Saturday, October 18, 11:00 a.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

$5
 
Watch teams from across New England play baseball using 1860s rules. Proceeds from this game support arts education and breast cancer research. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call.

In partnership with the Essex Base Ball Association and Ipswich Ale.
 
Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: Oct 18, 2014 11 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11 )
Tales and Ales, October 18
Tales and Ales, October 18
Saturday, October 18, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Swett-Ilsley House, 4 High Road, Newbury, Mass.

$35 Historic New England members, $60 nonmembers

In the late seventeenth century, Swett-Ilsley House served the town as Swett’s Tavern, one of three watering holes in Newbury. The huge fireplace and massive beams make a perfect backdrop for an evening of historic fun. Join your friends around a rough tavern table and enjoy traditional local brews from Ipswich Ale Brewery and a hearty tavern dinner while listening to true tales of sword fights, scandalous romances, and bloody brawls, all from Newbury’s storied past. Participants must be over 21.

This event is SOLD OUT.

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.

When: Oct 18, 2014 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00 )
Verdant Grove
When: Aug 10, 2014 6 PM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18 )

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