Newburyport's rich history and prosperous shipbuilding era are showcased inside this elegant federalist period mansion that has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Graceful rooms are appointed with fine collections of silver, furniture, portraits, clocks, needlework and more from New England, the Orient, and far away ports. The garden, including an herb garden, fruit trees, a summer house, cobbled yard and carriage house, has been restored based on historic documents and a sketch done by Margaret Cushing showing the garden as she remembered it from her childhood in the 1860s and 1870s.
Tours are given Wednesday-Sunday, May through November.
Located in the heart of downtown Newburyport, the Custom House was built in 1835 to facilitate growing overseas trade and tax collection of imported goods on the waterfront. The Museum's vaulted ceilings and cantilevered staircases are hallmarks of architect Robert Mills's work. Today, the Custom House serves as a maritime museum, preserving the regions maritime heritage and its role in American History, including Newburyport's role as the birthplace of the Coast Guard. With permanent and rotating exhibits, the museum features an outstanding collection of model clipper ships as well as shipwreck and salvage items.
Open through December, Tuesday - Sunday.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a beautiful 230-acre property that includes a manor house built in 1690 that served as the country seat of wealthy Newburyport merchants for most of the twentieth century. A National Historic Landmark, this family-friendly site will transport you back in time with activities and insights into life on a farm over the centuries.
Open Thursday - Sunday, June 1 to October 15.