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When: Sep 12, 2016 12am to Dec 12, 2016 12am in Newbury, MA

Cradle to Grave: Lamplight Tour of Coffin House, Swett-Ilsley House and First Parish Burying Ground

Cradle to Grave: Lamplight Tour of Coffin House, Swett-Ilsley House and First Parish Burying Ground

Sunday, October 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Coffin House, 14 High Road, Newbury, Mass..

Spend an evening getting to know the Coffin family and their neighbors, in their home and in their final resting places.

Enjoy special evening tours of the 1678 Coffin House, a beer tasting in the 1670 Swett-Ilsley House (a former tavern), and a visit to the townsfolk across the street in the First Parish Burying Ground. Hear true tales of murder, heroism, and heartbreak from Newbury's storied past. Refreshments provided by Ipswich Ale Brewery.

$15 Historic New England members
$30 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 or buy online.

When: Oct 30, 2016 12am in Newbury, MA

Homeschool: First Settlers, Early Colonists

Homeschool: First Settlers, Early Colonists

Tuesday, November 22, 10a.m. - noon and 1- 3p.m.

Swett-Ilsely House, 4 High Road, Newbury, Mass.
Coffin House, 14 High Road, Newbury, Mass.

Join Historic New England for a program for homeschool families. Whether attending the morning or afternoon session, families are invited to have lunch at the property.

Celebrate Thanksgiving by exploring early local history in an authentic seventeenth-century setting. Museum teachers guide students in role-playing real characters who lived and worked in the 1660s. Students experience tasks that children their age had to master as members of their "Little Commonwealth," such as butter churning and wool spinning.

Capacity: 24 people
Ages: 7 - 11

$10 per Historic New England member child
$15 per nonmember child

One adult per group is admitted free, any additional adults pay full price.

Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted in our house museums.

There must be a minimum of 5 children registered for programs to run. Full payment is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable (unless program is cancelled by us due to under-enrollment). No registrations will be accepted on the day of the program.

Email Education@HistoricNewEngland.org for more information.

When: Nov 22, 2016 10am in Newbury, MA

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About Newbury, MA
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.