Let the 250th Anniversary Year Celebration Begin!
Celebrating Newburyport's 250th Anniversary
Join us for a year long celebration of the 250th Anniversary
of Newburyport's incorporation
Enjoy a year full of historic events and attractions
The story of the founding of Newburyport is inextricably linked to the founding of the United States of America. When incorporated in 1764, Newburyport covered an area comprising just six hundred and forty-seven acres. It was the smallest town in the province of Massachusetts Bay, with a population of just 2,800 men, women and children.
In celebration of this 250th Anniversary event, the Custom House Maritime Museum invites you to join us for an exploration of the events, personalities and issues surrounding Newburyport's first century, taken from five perspectives.
Best known for his impeccable illustrations of Newburyport and New England, Blake Hughes has penned and colored examples from almost every era. Come and discover the realm of his artistry through this exhibition of his work: warm and familiar, iconic and distinctive.
Newburyport’s connection to America’s beginning is revealed through its ties to several United States Presidents. Explore these Presidential episodes of Newburyport’s past from profound to provocative.
The evolutionary path from British subject to American colonist to United States citizen was an intense and eventful experience -- and the caldron from which incorporation of Newburyport emerged. Through the lives of individuals and the issues of this era we examine risk-taking and foresight, the principles and idealism that molded a new town and a new country within a period of just 25 years -- during which many would truly pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.
An exhibition featuring an intriguing survey of original and authentic documents of local, state and national interest culled from the Custom House Maritime Museum’s own collection.
Share Elizabeth Bray’s dream of sailing the world -- to New Brunswick during Queen Victoria's 41st birthday, New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Havre, France at Napoleon III’s birth-day, and touring Calcutta's Botanic Gardens with fellow Newburyporter Mary Graves.