Mapping Marblehead – from Founding to Freedom

Marblehead History Exhibit at the Old Town House (1 Market Square)
Opens June 1, 2019, closes June 23rd
Hours are Thursdays from 1-7 pm, and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1-4 pm
Free and open to the public – families are welcome!


Marblehead is a town that is unusually rich in history. With five centuries of stories to tell, this is just the beginning. Explore the history of Marblehead in the 17th and 18th centuries in the historic Old Town House.

The Marblehead Historical Commission has created an innovative new exhibit on the first two centuries of Marblehead’s recorded history.  The exhibit features highlights of the town’s early settlement, growth, and economy as it grew from fishing village to prominent port of trade and revolutionary stronghold.

The presentation includes interpretive panels, artifacts, and interactive maps illustrating Marblehead’s growth from Native American sites through 17th-century development, and 18th-century expansion. Not to be missed is the chance to step into a life-size representation of Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting, “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” for an amazing photo opportunity. Volunteer docents from Marblehead’s historical commission will be onsite during open hours to interpret the displays for visitors.

This exhibit is the first of three that are planned to present Marblehead’s history from its earliest beginnings through the 21st century. Chris Johnston, chair of the Marblehead Historical Commission, envisions a long-range plan to establish a permanent Museum of Marblehead History where visitors will be able to learn about the entire timeline of Marblehead’s history in one location.

Funded by a grant from the Harold B. and Elizabeth L. Shattuck Memorial Trust, the exhibit will run from June 1 through June 23. An opening reception will take place on May 31, from 5-7 pm and is open to all. Regular exhibit hours are Thursdays from 1-7 pm, and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1-4 pm. There is no charge.

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