On Coastal Byway

Newburyport Oak Hill Cemetery

Explore the history of Newburyport’s beautiful Oak Hill Cemetery, established in 1842, with local historian Ghlee Woodworth. Visit the gravesites of abolitionists, the father of the clipper ship, and the first photographer in the United States, and learn about the gravestone and tree restoration projects. Visit Brown Chapel, the venue for an evening performance of Poe by Theater in the Open.

Quarry Tour

Learn about the history of stone quarrying in America and tour of the Babson Farm Quarry! Halibut Point itself is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now cascade from rocky headlands to the abundant tidal pools below. The panorama encompasses views from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire.

Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing Class With REI Outdoor School

Come learn the basics of rock climbing outdoors. We'll focus on building solid fundamental skills, such as belaying, crack-climbing technique and face-climbing technique. If you've only climbed inside or you're looking to explore rock climbing for the first time, this is your opportunity to practice with professional rock climbing instructors. We provide harnesses, helmets and all the necessary gear for you to try out this fun and challenging sport! Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Treasures at the Lynn Public Library

Come visit Lynn’s “temple of books”, the Lynn Public Library, and learn about its many non-literary treasures: 1. Four 17-ton Corinthian columns—each carved right here in Lynn from one solid piece of Indiana limestone. At the time of construction, the largest stones ever lathed in North America; 2. Learn the meaning of entasis; 3. A larger than life painting of Charles Sumner, a Senator from MA during the Civil War; 4. One-of-a-kind Saugus pot—the first casting made in America, Saugus Ironworks, c. 1642; 5. Mounted dinosaur head in the children’s room; 6. Computer robot; 7.

Historic Essex Walking Tour

Take a walk through time, connecting past and present day Essex and experience over 300 years of history through photos and stories on our self-guided tour. The walk spans the one-mile Essex River Cultural District on Main Street with short side trips extending onto Martin Street and Eastern Avenue. A brochure - with a map inside to guide you - is available at most signs along the tour.

Civil War & G.A.R. Museum in Marblehead

Visit the Marblehead Civil War & G.A.R. Museum in Marblehead's Old Town House built in 1727. The G.A.R. Meeting Room, Marblehead Post #82, exists as a "time capsule" exactly as it did when this local veteran's organization was disbanded in the 1930's. View a DVD about Marblehead's contributions and connections to the Civil War narrated by Anthony Silva of WBZ Radio (available for purchase). Stay for an early dinner at downtown restaurants or on the harbor front, a short walk down Washington St. or State St.

1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion

Enjoy a guided tour of one of America's largest & most opulent homes from the period before Independence! Built in 1768 for Colonel Jeremiah Lee, one of America's wealthiest men, the house features a wide staircase embellished with unique mahogany paneling, intricate woodwork carving, and twist-turned balusters; hand-painted original wallpapers (the only 18th c. English scenic murals on paper still in place and one of only two sets surviving in the world); and a block-printed pattern on the third floor that is the only 18th c.

Hospital Point Lighthouse Open House

One of Beverly's most familiar landmarks, this lighthouse commands a spectacular view of Salem Sound, and 3 other lighthouses. An enduring monument to Beverly's nautical heritage, it is one of 5 Massachusetts lighthouses that still retains its original Fresnel lens. Visitors will be guided by members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary up a winding staircase and then up a seven-step ladder to the lantern room. From there they will pass through the hatch onto the gallery balcony to enjoy the spectacular views.

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