One of the duties of the Historical Commission is preservation of the historical assets of the town. In addition to preserving Marblehead’s history and artifacts related to Marblehead through educational programs, museums and archives, this includes the historic areas, structures and buildings of our town. A key element of historic preservation is an inventory of the town’s historic assets. Until recently (2014), the only historic inventories have been conducted primarily in the historic downtown area. No inventories have been conducted in most of the remainder of the town, although many of these other neighborhoods contain historically important areas and buildings.
The Historical Commission has created a Master Plan for Historical Preservation (21mb) Surveys of the entire town. This was funded by the Commission, along with a matching grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission. The plan lays out a phased and prioritized plan to inventory the entire town for historical resources using Massachusetts Historical Commission methods.