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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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Farm Adventures at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm
Farm Adventures at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Monday, July 27 – Friday, Friday July 31, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

 

$200 Historic New England members, $260 nonmembers (includes Household membership)

 

For campers ages 9-11

Kids investigate fields, gardens, and animals while discovering the wonders of farm life at the 230-acre Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. They ride a hay-wagon and explore neighboring resources such as Plum Island Airfield, Mass Audobon's Joppa Flats Education Center, and Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Pack a lunch and get ready for an adventure.

 

Refund policy: Cancellations at least one month prior to the program receive a full refund, minus a $5 registration fee per child.


Visit the Farm Adventures Summer Enrichment Program web page or call 978-462-2634 for more information. Important: please list your child's name and age in the 'order notes' field at checkout. Register now.



When: Jul 27, 2015 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00 )
Walk That Walk


When: Jun 14, 2015 8 PM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 14 Jun 2015 20 )
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: Oct 18, 2015 3 PM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 18 Oct 2015 15 )
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: May 3, 2015 3 PM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 03 May 2015 15 )
Tales and Ales, May 1
Tales and Ales, May 1
Friday, May 1, 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: May 1, 2015 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Fri, 01 May 2015 00 )
"Strut for Strays" 5K Walk, Run, & festival to benefit Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society
Join us for the 2015 Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society's Strut for Strays walk, run & festival on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 on the Upper Green on High Road in Newbury, MA from 10am to 2pm and help raise money for cats and kittens in need. This year's features a 5K fundraising walk (starting at noon), 5K run, food, games, and vendor booths for the whole family -- and your leashed pets! 5K run begins at 10:45am with an award ceremony at noon. The 5K walk begins at 12:30pm, with an award ceremony and various raffle drawings at 1:30pm. The registration fee for the 5k Run is $25. To register visit https://www.runreg.com/strut-for-strays-5k-walkrun. To register for the 5k walk visit https://www.firstgiving.com/17259/2015-MRFRS-strut-for-strays. If you have any questions email Melissa at Strut@mrfrs.org.

When: May 31, 2015 10 AM to May 31, 2015 2 PMin Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 31 May 2015 10 )
Draft Horse Plow Day and Vintage Base Ball Game
Draft Horse Plow Day and Vintage Base Ball Game
Sunday, June 1, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

Free to Historic New England members, $6 nonmembers, $4 children

Draft mules participate in plowing demonstrations as part of this sixteenth annual event and enjoy games of 1860's baseball. Learn how horses are harnessed, hitched, and cared for. Watch the shearing of our resident sheep, and see how the wool is washed, carded, and spun into yarn. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, blacksmithing demonstrations, children’s crafts and games. Listen to traditional New England music or watch the teams of the Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Georgetown Samosets, Portsmouth Rockinghams, Lynn Live Oaks, and Lowell Base Ball Nine, 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.  

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


When: Jun 1, 2015 11 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11 )
Summer Fun with Fiber at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm
Summer Fun with Fiber at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

 

$200 Historic New England members, $260 nonmembers (includes Household membership)

 

For campers ages 9-13

Explore the art and craft of weaving in our well-equipped weaving room, learn new fiber skills such as hand and machine sewing, and take home at least one finished project. Discover the wonderful possibilities of textiles and make new friends. Participants should bring a healthy snack and daily lunch.

 

Refund policy: Cancellations at least one month prior to the program receive a full refund, minus a $5 registration fee per child.

 

Visit the Weaving Summer Enrichment Program web page or call 978-462-2634 for more information. Register now.



When: Aug 3, 2015 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00 )
Strut for Strays


When: May 31, 2015 10:45:00 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts
Cost: $25 (Sun, 31 May 2015 10:45:00 )
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, 2015 3 PM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 13 Sep 2015 15 )
Tales and Ales, May 2
Tales and Ales, May 2
Saturday, May 2, 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: May 2, 2015 12 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 May 2015 00 )
Vintage Base Ball Father's Day Quadruple-Header, June 21
Vintage Base Ball Father's Day Quadruple-Header, June 21
Newburyport Clamdiggers vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams
Lynn Live Oaks vs. Lowell Nine

Sunday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers
 
Watch the four teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association--the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, and the Portsmouth Rockinghams--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: Jun 21, 2015 10 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 21 Jun 2015 10 )
Vintage Base Ball Double-Header, July 26
Vintage Base Ball Double-Header, July 26
Lynn Live Oaks vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers and Portsmouth Rockinghams vs. Lowell Nine

Sunday, July 26, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers
 
Watch the four teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association--the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, and the Portsmouth Rockinghams--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: Jul 26, 2015 10 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10 )
Vintage Base Ball Quadruple-Header, July 12
Vintage Base Ball Quadruple-Header, July 12
Lowell Nine vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers, Portsmouth Rockinghams vs. Lynn Live Oaks

Sunday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.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, and the Portsmouth Rockinghams--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: Jul 12, 2015 10 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10 )
Vintage Base Ball Quadruple-Header, June 28
Vintage Base Ball Quadruple-Header, June 28
Lynn Live Oaks vs. Lowell Nine and Portsmouth Rockinghams vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers

Sunday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers
 

Watch the four teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association--the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, and the Portsmouth Rockinghams--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: Jun 28, 2015 10 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10 )
Vintage Base Ball Quadruple-Header Game, June 7
Vintage Base Ball Quadruple-Header Game, June 7
Lowell Nine vs. Portsmouth Rockinghams and Newburyport Clamdiggers vs. Lynn Live Oaks   
Sunday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers
 
Watch the four teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association--the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, and the Portsmouth Rockinghams--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: Jun 7, 2015 10 AM in Newbury, Massachusetts (Sun, 07 Jun 2015 10 )

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