Fun for Kids & Families

Harvest Fest

CANCELLED! Join the Green Meadows Farm Crew for a few hours of family fun! Enjoy live music, arts and crafts for kids, farm fresh food (for purchase), an obstacle course, lawn games, face painting, and wagon rides. The walking paths are open for you to walk about the property and enjoy the fields and animals.

Organic Farm Adventure

Come experience a historic organic community farm. Our time together will be spent exploring our fields, greenhouses, livestock and forest. Guests will enjoy hands on experiences such as feeding our livestock harvesting from our fields and crop care all in a relaxed educational and fun environment. Green Meadows Farm is the region’s oldest, family-owned certified organic farm and CSA, founded by Major General George S. Patton in 1982. GMF offers locally grown vegetables, eggs, bakery items, heritage meats, prepared food, events and more.

Tour the 1683 Parson Joseph Capen House

Tour the 1683 home of the Reverend Joseph Capen. 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.

Tours of the John Greenleaf Whittier Home & Museum

Visit the home of John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892). Whittier was a famous and ardent abolitionist, journalist, popular poet, Quaker social activist, and essayist. Known as "the Quaker Poet," John Greenleaf Whittier lived in Amesbury for his adult life, where he produced most of his works, including his famous poem "Snowbound." The guided tour includes the historic house, a National Historic Landmark, with artifacts as they were when Whittier lived there. The tour will also feature the garden and summer kitchen, if weather permits.

Arts and Architecture Celebrating Georgetown (2016)

Arts and Architecture celebrates Georgetown's creative spirit. A bustling town of the 19c, still echoes today as we witness the emergence of small business and creative artist in town. Through out downtown artist studios and shopkeepers will open their doors giving demonstrations, displaying their artwork along with live music and childrens activies. A guided one hour walking tour discuss the unique entrepreneurs of the past and historical buildings. Tours at 11, 1 and 3 o'clock meet at Scalas Art Center.

Abbot Hall - Spirit of '76, WPA Murals, Maritime & Other Exhibits

Stop in at Abbot Hall, whose corner stone was laid in 1876, the nation’s Centennial year, to see the inspiring life-size original “Spirit of ’76” painting (1876) and other aspects of Marblehead's local and national history (see below), informative displays in a Maritime History Room (20th c. ships too), and exhibits in the central hallways. WPA Murals showing highlights of the town's history from the 1600s to modern times are a priceless social and artistic heritage from the 1930s national W.P.A.

Narrative History Tour of St. Paul's Church

Your tour guide dressed in period colonial garb will escort you back through time to the founding of the parish in 1711 in British New England, and will take you through the Revolutionary War period to the present. Visitors will tour the current church building, hear the story of its design and architecture, and see artifacts such as the 1809 Paul Revere bell, hear about the role of African-Americans in the early church, and understand the contribution of Rev. Edward Bass who saved the church from destruction during the Revolutionary War period.

Author's Day at Whittier Birthplace

Join us at the Whittier Birthplace to celebrate the release of a new book, “Snowbound with Zombies,” a collection of new stories inspired by a forgotten aspect of John Greenleaf Whittier’s career – his supernatural tales. Participating authors include Judi Calhoun, Roxanne Dent, Suzanne Dent, David Goudsward, Scott Goudsward, John McIlveen, Gregory L. Norris, Faye Ringel and Kristi Petersen Schoonover. Other contributors include best selling novelist Christopher Golden, former local writer Tracy L. Carbone and Vermont folklorist Joseph A. Citro.

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