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When: Jan 4, 2018 12am to Mar 25, 2018 12am in Newbury, MA

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When: Jan 5, 2018 12am to Jan 31, 2018 12am in Newbury, MA

Old Newbury Day Open House

Saturday, January 20, 3:00- 8p.m.

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

Visit Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for a mid-winter open house to celebrate the offical 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, and then walk down to the nearby town-sponsored bonfire.
The house will be opn for tours between 3and 5p.m.

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$10 per car parking fee

Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.

When: Jan 20, 2018 12am 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.