Topsfield Historical Society
Trails & Sails Dates:
Tour the 1683 home of the Reverend Joseph Capen and the 1842 Meeting House owned by the Congregational Church of Topsfield which was gathered in 1663. Reverend Capen lost three ladies from his congregation in 1692 who were falsely accused of witchcraft when that hysteria ravaged this part of New England. Today, the Parson Capen House is one of the finest surviving examples of Elizabethan architecture in America. The house is situated on a knoll overlooking the Common, originally on a twelve acre lot of land granted Reverend Capen by the Town in 1682.
Special Instructions: While the Meeting House is wheelchair accessible the Capen House is not. Most walking is basically on level ground.
1 Howlett Street, Topsfield, MA, 01983
I-95 to Exit 50 onto Rte-1 North, past he Topsfield Fairgrounds to a traffic light at Rte-97. Go left (west) on Rte-97 , .5 mile to stop sign at East Common St. Go right onto East Common St. about 1/8 mile to Capen House sign parking area on the right. From the North: Rte-1 South into Topsfield to the traffic light at Rte- 97. Go right on 97 1/2 mile to a stop sign at East Common St. Go right on East Common about 1/8 mile to the Capen parking lot on the right. From the East: Rte-97 West from Beverly passing the Rte-1 intersec tion and continuing 1/2 mile to the stop sign at East Common St. then go right on East Common about 1/8 mile to the Capen parking lot on the right. From the South: I-95 North to Topsfield Exit 50 onto Rte-1 North passing the Topsfield Fairgrounds in about 2 miles, continuing to a traffic light at the Rte-97 intersection. Go left on Rte-97 1/2 mile to just before a stop sign at East Common St. Go right on East Common about 1/8 mile to the Capen House parking lot on the right. From the West: Rte-95 South to the Rte-97 East exit. Continue on Rte-97 East about 2 miles, passing the town Common on the left. Make a nearly 180 degree left turn at the end of the Common onto East Common St, continuing about 1/8 mile to the Capen parking lot on the right.
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail Trailhead