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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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When: Oct 4, 2014 12 AM to Oct 4, 2014 12 AMin Newbury, Massachusetts (Sat, 04 Oct 2014 00 )
2nd Annual Jan's Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts

On October 18, 2014, members of the vintage base ball community will be participating in the 2nd annual Jan's Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts, to raise money for breast cancer research and to fund art education in inner city schools. Four games will take place at the beautiful Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, featuring teams from all over New England. All money raised will go to breast cancer research and funding art projects at the Arlington School in Lawrence MA.

Jan's Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts celebrates Jan Sheehy- a dedicated art teacher and mother of Essex Base Ball Club players Brian and Chris Sheehy- who lost her battle with breast cancer in April of 2013. In 2013 we raised over $6,000 that was donated to breast cancer research and the Janice Sheehy Art Fund that helped send six Arlington School students to an art camp over the summer.

Thank you to all of our fans out there and Historic New England for all of your support.



When: Oct 18, 2014 10 AM to Oct 18, 2014 4 PMin Newbury, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10 )
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 )
Old Newbury Day Open House
Old Newbury Day Open House
Saturday, January 10, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free, $5/car parking fee
 
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 )
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 )
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.

This event is SOLD OUT.

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

When: Oct 17, 2014 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00 )
American Music and Harvest Festival
Ages: All

Enjoy two days of music, baseball, and farm activities and four centuries of American music. Featuring Soule Monde, Entrain, Driftwood and many more, this festival celebrates everything from tavern songs of the seventeenth century to bluegrass, funk, folk, and beyond.

Enjoy a variety of farm activities during the festival: Watch Vintage Base Ball played by 1861 rules. See tractors and other farm equipment spanning the last eighty years. Try your hand at corn husking and win prizes at the pie-eating contest. Learn how simple machines help farmers pump water, press cider, and prepare food. Enjoy a wagon ride through brightly colored autumn fields, build scarecrows, go on a pumpkin treasure hunt, and make fall crafts. Tour the 1690 stone and brick manor house. Cider, donuts, and hot lunch are available for purchase.



When: Sep 27, 2014 11 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts
Cost: $15/day (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11 )
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 the teams of the 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 )
Sunflower and Stars Farm to Table Dinner

Come celebrate the last weekend of summer with a Tuscan feast in the famous Colby sunflower fields.

Tempt your tastebuds with a six-course meal, using all Colby organically grown and raised produce, beef, and pork; artfully prepared by acclaimed Chef Chris Jackson, of No. 8 Kitchen. All courses are paired beautifully with local beers and wines. Feed all of your senses under the starry skies surrounded by sunflowers.

Chef Chris draws from his experience at notable Boston and Cambridge area restaurants such as Dante, Tico and Catalyst, offering diners a range of creative dishes that make the most of local seasonal New England ingredients. 

Music and merriment abound in this feast for all of the senses. To remember the night’s festivities, each guest will receive a keepsake wine glass and a photo taken amidst the sunflowers.

Colby Farms is a family owned business who strives to bring the freshest tastiest foods possible to your table!

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Essex County Greenbelt.

 



When: Sep 18, 2014 7 PM to Sep 18, 2014 9 PMin Newbury, Massachusetts (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19 )
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 )
WORKSHOP ARTS, Inc


When: Sep 15, 2014 12 AM to Dec 14, 2014 12 AMin Newbury, Massachusetts (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00 )

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