Step back in time with us for a day of blacksmithing at the Essex Company forge, the company that built the city of Lawrence! Richard Wright (smithriversmithy.com) will be demonstrating the craft of traditional blacksmithing methods, forging both iron and mild steel to create items for practical use in our historic courtyard. The forge was first in use in the early 1880’s when the Essex Company complex at 6 Essex Street in Lawrence was constructed. part of Trails & Sails 2021
Trails & Sails 2021
Walk the Little River Nature Trail with a nature guide. Learn about the surprisingly rich flora and fauna of an area wedged between Route 95 and the urban area of the City of Newburyport.
The Ipswich River Watershed Association hosts Save the River Day! Bring a friend and introduce them to the river! We’re opening up Riverbend for the public to celebrate an incredible summer full of new records, new projects, and lots of fun. Visitors can walk the trails, enjoy a picnic, go paddling with Riverbend’s boats and enjoy a day full of discovery. Activities will include beginner paddling demos, presentations on ongoing restoration, and the dedication of Riverbend’s RAWArts mural.
Visit the Brocklebank Museum, built in the late 1600s, with ties to the abolitionist movement and the famous Beecher family. The museum contains many interesting antiques and artifacts, including the original 1754 tavern sign, along with collections of antique quilts, wedding dresses, toys, etc. Learn about the early businesses of Georgetown, fire-fighting companies, trains, trolleys and more.
One of Beverly's most familiar landmarks, this lighthouse commands a spectacular view of Salem Sound, and 3 other lighthouses. An enduring monument to Beverly's nautical heritage, it is one of 5 Massachusetts lighthouses that still retains its original Fresnel lens.
Andover is celebrating 375 years! The Town’s 375th Committee invites everyone to join them on Saturday, September 25 from 10 AM – 7 PM at the lower Shawsheen playground and track. Community Day will offer a variety of day/early evening activities including entertainment, classes, food booths, informational booths, performances, a movie on the big LED screen, laser light show and an illumination of the Shawsheen River! There will be fun for everyone. The event is free and open to the public.
Follow trip leader Dave Marro (Cape Ann Trail Stewards Director and Chair of the Magnolia Woods Advisory Committee) on a walk across Magnolia Woods. This newly created trail links the southern edge of the Trustees of Reservation's Ravenswood Park with the City of Gloucester's Rafe's Chasm Park. The walk will include spectacular views of the ocean from the dramatic Rafe's Chasm cliffs. Participants should be prepared to walk on uneven trails for 3 miles round trip. This event is part of Trails & Sails 2021.
Visit Valley View Farm to learn about Essex County's largest farmstead goat cheese maker. See nubian goat herd, learn about cheesemaking, see the cheese cave and sample cheeses. Cheese and farm products available to purchase.
As part of Trails & Sails 2021, visit the Newburyport Powder House, built 1822, as it opens as a historic park and learning center. The open house will feature a militia demonstration by the Acton Minutemen and guided tours of this unique historic landmark critical to our defense. Special Instructions: Slight incline and walk to site. No toilet facilities are available on site. We will give Powder House tours before and after the militia demonstrations
Come to Rebecca Nurse Homestead to try your hand at ancient hunting practices! The technique of using an atlatl, or spear throwing stick, is an ancient global technology. Join us, along with the Eugene Winter Chapter of Mass Archaeological Society, as they teach you the finer points about hunting in the ancient world! Stop by the Rebecca Nurse Homestead and hunt a woolly mammoth or woolly rhinoceros. Fun and educational for kids of all ages. Also learn about the tools that Native Americans in Danvers made, used and left behind as artifacts. This event is FREE as part of Trails & Sails 2021! If you would like to visit the Nurse Homestead museum, paid admission is required.