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When: May 4, 2017 12am to Jun 24, 2017 12am in Newbury, MA

Farm Adventures at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4, 9a.m. - 3p.m.

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

Ages 9-12

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.

No child will be permitted to attend program without proof of vaccinations. Health records must be submitted before program begins. (2017 health forms will be emailed to parent/guardian upon registration.)

Advanced registration and payment are required. Cancellations at least one month prior to the program receive a full refund, minus a $15 registration fee per child. We reserve the right to cancel the program if it does not reach minimum enrollment. Membership must be valid at time of program.

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

call 978-462-2634 or e-mail
AShea@HistoricNewEngland.org

Important: please list your child's name and age in the "Add a Comment About Your Order" field at checkout.

When: Jul 31, 2017 12am in Newbury, MA
Cost: $260.00

Fiber Revival and Vintage Base Ball Double-Header

Saturday, August 12, 9a.m. - 4p.m.

Lowell BBC vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers

Note: Vintage Base Ball takes place noon - 4p.m.

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

Join the Newburyport Spinners Guild and Historic New England for a daylong exploration of fiber arts, featuring demonstrations of hand-spinning, weaving, metalwork, alpaca and sheep husbandry, rug making, and knitting. Try your hand at washing, combing, spinning, and weaving wool from our resident sheep. Vendors offer a variety of natural fibers, yarns, and equipment.

Learn more about workshops, events, and vendors at www.fiberrevival.com. There is an additional fee for workshop participation. The 1690 stone and brick manor house is open from noon to 3p.m., and breakfast, lunch, and snacks are available for purchase.

Stay and watch a Vintage Base Ball double-header at no extra charge. Take a step back in time and enjoy a summer day on the farm. Enjoy traditional New England music and cheer on your favorite team as the Newburyport Clamdiggers and Lowell BBC take the field. The teams of the Essex Base Ball Association 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.

In partnership with the Newburyport Spinners Guild, the Essex Base Ball Association, and Ipswich Ale Brewery.

Free to Historic New England members
$6 nonmember adults
$4 nonmember children

Please call 978-462-2634 for more information or register online.

When: Aug 12, 2017 9am in Newbury, MA
Cost: $6.00

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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.