Marblehead has a long and rich history. Its places, structures, people, and stories tell the history of New England in a microcosm. The Marblehead Historical Commission is not only dedicated to preserving that history, but also to sharing it with residents, visitors, and researchers who want to learn about Marblehead.
The Marblehead Historical Commission web site offers a wealth of information. You’ll find information on museums and collections that are managed by the Commission, including the Maritime Museum, the Abbot Hall displays, the Selectman’s Room, and the Sign Museum. You’ll also learn about Marblehead’s most well-known painting, The Spirit of ’76 that can be seen in Abbot Hall. If you’re planning a visit to Marblehead, you’ll find opening hours and locations so you can make the most of your visit.
The Commission also operates a Gift Shop in Abbot Hall which has numerous Marblehead related items available. The Gift Shop is open seasonally.
For researchers who want to dig deeper, a key offering of the web site is the online archive of artifacts, objects, documents, and photographs – all with a brand new search system that will make easier than ever to find the information you’re seeking.
Make sure you take a look at our calendar of events. It will keep you up to date on current happenings while opening a window into important events in Marblehead’s past.
Enjoy the web site, learn more about Marblehead’s history, and visit Marblehead’s historic places!
Abbot Hall News
In early March, 2017, the Historical Commission received an interesting e-mail from Teresa Simpson, a woman living near Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. She had seen a local Moncton auction company’s ad for an upcoming auction, which included a framed print of “Marblehead Harbor in 1840”, originally painted by well-known marine … Continue reading
The Town of Marblehead has been awarded a matching grant by the Massachusetts Historical Commission for a pre-Development Assessment and Planning project to provide the Town with information to ensure the protection and preservation of Abbot Hall and its grounds. The plan will provide an assessment of the building and … Continue reading
Historical Commission News
Welcome to the new version of the Marblehead Historical Commission web site. Improving the look and usability of the site was important, but the key reason for change was to make it easier to search the archives. As the stewards for an amazing archive of historical artifacts, images, and documents for the Town of … Continue reading
Marblehead’s early history was formed by the shoe industry almost as much as it was by its fishing fleet and revolutionary spirit. Between voyages, many fishermen would hand-make shoes in small shops, called “Ten-Footers”. Later in the 1800’s this led to the creation of a full-fledged shoe industry in Town. … Continue reading
The Marblehead Historical Commission has installed archival quality copies of four key historical documents related to Marblehead in the Selectmen’s Room in Abbot Hall. The documents are signed letters from Paul Revere (1787), president George Washington (1789) and Elbridge Gerry (1769) as well as a Massachusetts General Court Resolution (1784) … Continue reading