On Coastal Byway

"The Women of Marblehead" in the 1800s - with Author Robert Booth

Walking tour led by historian & author Robert Booth about “The Women of Marblehead” – based on a new book just published for the 200th anniversary of the Marblehead Female Humane Society. Written and researched by author/historian Booth, it tells how women transformed their town economically, socially, and spiritually after the economic devastation of the three-year War of 1812, after the eight-year Revolution that had taken an equally ruinous toll a generation before.

Arts Fest

Enjoy music, art, food, and beer in the shipyard on a lovely fall afternoon. Join us to enjoy the creativity of local painters, photographers and sculptors, and local musicians. Art activities for kids.

A Hermit's Tale on the Trails

EVENT CANCELLED. From 1884 to 1917, Mason Augustus Walton lived as a "hermit" at what is now Ravenswood Park. While he was here, he closely observed, wrote, and drew about wildlife behaviors and published a book in 1903, "A Hermit's Wild Friends." Walk the hermit's footsteps along the romantically laid out hiking trails. We will share tales from his book on the trails before we "Meet the Hermit!'

Outdoor Sculpture Tour

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 19th Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit featuring 34 unique site specific sculptures created by local artists addressing this year’s theme CONNECT within the magnificent fields, forests, and gardens of Maudslay State Park. A free catalog containing a map, photos, statements, and artist biographies will be available at the main trail head throughout the show, which runs 9/9 - 9/30. The exhibit is open to all North Shore and Merrimack River Valley artists and is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Gold Star Award.

Artist Gallery Talk

Join solo exhibitor and digital artist, John Willand for a gallery talk about his current show titled, Chestnut Street; the architecture.. John will explain his fascination with Salem’s grand thoroughfare and her architectural masterpieces.

LynnArts' Open Gallery

Visit LynnArts at 25 Exchange St. for a free viewing of the newest art exhibit, during Trails & Sails 2017! Located in the heart of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, LynnArts is home to a vibrant arts community. Join us in the Gallery to enjoy the latest show featuring local artists. Check our website for current and upcoming Gallery shows.

New England Cradle of Aviation, Plum Island Airport

Join us for guided tours of the Burgess Aviation Museum! Tours feature photographs, artifacts, and a diorama celebrating the 1910 flying field at Plum Island in Newbury – New England’s first – and the current Plum Island Airport. From April to August 1910, Marblehead yacht builder W. Starling Burgess conducted a series of increasingly successful test flights on biplanes he designed and built.

Meanings of Freedom

Join us for a special program resulting from recent research on black history at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Like many wealthy Salem families, the Derby family owned slaves. We will discuss the black experience of living in Salem both before and after Massachusetts’ legal end of slavery in 1783, as well as Salem's links to the institution of slavery at large. Participants walk to relevant sites and examine documents to learn about enslaved, free, and freed Blacks in 18th and early 19th century Salem.

Forest River Conservation Area Guided Trails Hike

Enjoy an easy-moderate guided hike on the trails in Marblehead's Forest River conservation area. This 26-acre property includes the salt Massabeguash Marsh, tidal ponds as well as upland fields and woods. Part of the area was once a gravel pit, with the gravel reportedly used in the building of Logan Airport. A particularly high tide is predicted for the time of this event, so we should be able to see the marsh and ponds (and some of the trails) flood as the tide comes in.

Lead Mills - Wyman Woods Guided Trails Hike

An easy-moderate hike on the trails in the Lead Mills and Wyman Woods conservation areas, bordering the head of Salem Harbor. White lead was produced at Lead Mills many years ago. Salem and Marblehead acquired this 4.5-acre remediated site in 2013 as conservation land. The area is being kept as open space and transitioned to a field of native wild flowers. The adjacent 33.5-acre Wyman Woods is largely upland woods. The old B&M railroad bed passes through both properties.


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