Marblehead Historical Commission & Marblehead Architecture Heritage & Tours
Rotating tours (approx.20-30 min.) of Marblehead's Abbot Hall (built 1876-1877), highlighting its many W.P.A. murals on the 1st & 2nd floors, plus maritime history, and portraits of a Revolutionary War general who orchestrated the crossing of Delaware River in December 1776 (while still a colonel), a U.S. Supreme Court justice (who served 33 years, 1811-45, still the youngest ever appointed), a signer of the Declaration of Independence (and Massachusetts governor in 1810 & U.S. Vice President in 1813-14 during War of 1812), a U.S. Congressman (who also served in Washington City during the War of 1812), and the handsome commander of Fort Sewall (who had served on a privateer vessel as a teenager during the American Revolution). The fort was named after a Marbleheader who was a Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice from 1800 to 1814 and Chief Justice in 1814 up until his sudden death.
Meet inside Abbot Hall, in the center of the foyer by the ships bells from the USS Marblehead. Wide stairs are easy to navigate, but an elevator is available (accessible entrance & parking space is at the rear of the building).
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.