Marblehead Historical Commission
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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. (Works Progress / Projects Administration) program for artists and workers' relief. A wide array of the town’s collections are always on display when Abbot Hall is open. Images & info on the newly redesigned website www.MarbleheadHistory.org
Restrooms in the basement level. Elevator available from outdoors at rear of building in basement level. Artworks in the Selectman’s Room include a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a Revolutionary War general who orchestrated the pivotal crossing of the Delaware River in December 1776 while still a colonel, a U.S. Vice President during the War of 1812, a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice who served for 33 years (1811-1845) and is still the youngest ever appointed, a U.S. Congressman during the War of 1812, and the commander of Marblehead’s famous and popular Fort Sewall, which was named after a Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice who was appointed Chief Justice in 1814. These gems from the town’s collections are always on view when Abbot Hall is open.
188 Washington St., Marblehead, MA, 01945
From North: I-95 to Rte-128N, Exit 25A. Follow Rte-114 East through Salem to Marblehead ~10 miles; Rte-114 becomes Pleasant St. At the signal at the High School, veer left onto Pleasant St. and follow to the end. Turn right onto Washington St. and right again, up hill to Abbot Hall. Abbot Hall will be on your left -- the large red brick building with a clock tower. Meet on front steps on Washington St. From South: Rte-1A North to Rte-129 East into Marblehead. Follow Rte-129 East, drive until Atlantic Ave. curves left, and then turn right onto Washington St. Continue straight then bear left or right at the fork and park on street. PARKING: Street parking is available around Abbot Hall -- 2 hours on Washington St., no limit on streets behind and on sides of building. There are 5 front stairs with railings or an elevator on the ground floor in rear of building; park in rear to be closest to the elevator.