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Digging for History!

Come get dirty with us, as you become an archaeologist for the day! The Rebecca Nurse Homestead was at the center of a summer archaeology program, run by the University of Southern Maine and Phillips Andover Academy, teaching students of all ages how to become archaeologists. Now it’s your turn. Thousands of artifacts have given a glimpse into the lives of those who have walked these grounds for the past millennia, many now on display. What will you uncover? Trails & Sails Events are always FREE!

Haverhill Farmers Market (2014)

Twenty-five vendors of locally produced food, wine, and crafts, plus live music and a children's activity booth! From the Farmers Market, it's just a short drive to the "Shoe-la-bration" Self-Guided Walking Tour location, or to the "Shoe-la-bration" Art Exhibit at Buttonwoods Museum (see separate listings). Be sure to visit the Farmers Market information booth (with a Team Haverhill banner) to get your Trails & Sails info and to pick up your "Shoe-la-bration" tour map or directions.

Tour the Sir John Humphrey House

Tour the Sir John Humphrey House, built in 1637 for Humphrey, Deputy Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Now a museum, this First Period house has many fascinating details, such as original floorboards, a secret passageway and a room containing hand decorated beams and paneling by indigenous people. Not just an historic house, the Humphrey House is home to an archive of memorabilia and historic photos, documents and artifacts from many different periods of Swampscott's history. We will be featuring our newest aquisition, a Chaisson Swampscott dory.

Polo & Picnic

The sport of Kings, and YOU are invited! Thanks to the generosity of Myopia Polo, enjoy an afternoon of sport at the oldest active Polo field in the USA. Bring your own picnic and beverages -- prizes will be awarded for best presentation, food, and spirit of the sporting days of yesteryear! Look for your host, Essex Heritage Commissioner Forrester "Tim" Clark-- a former polo player--who will explain the game to you! Tim will be assisted by several current and past players who will give their own insights on this ancient and fascinating game.

Camp Denison Family Day

Enjoy the forty-four acres of conservation land abutting large Baldpate Pond during Camp Denison's "Family Day" (a renaming of our very popular Open House in previous years). Enjoy a variety of free, family fun activities, including food and refreshments, balloons, pumpkin painting, model airplanes, activities and displays, and more, all capped by Irish Step Dancing with past national/world medal holders.

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