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Newbury, MA - Local Guide to the Town

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Stephen Wilkes: Day To Night
When: May 7, 2016 12am to Aug 20, 2016 12am in Newbury, MA

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.

When: Aug 14, 2016 3:30PM in Newbury, MA

Tales and Ales, October 21

Tales and Ales, October 21

Friday, October 21, 6:30 - 9p.m.

Swett-Ilsley House, 4 High Road, Newbury, Mass.

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.

$35 Historic New England members
$60 nonmembers

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



When: Oct 21, 2016 12am in Newbury, MA

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Hoof, Woof, 'n Floof 
137 High Road
Newbury, MA 01951

978-270-2421
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.