Category Archives: Marblehead

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Marblehead (1714)

Located at 26 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is the oldest Episcopal church building on its original site in New England. Founded by a group of donors consisting primarily of sea captains, the church was built in … Continue reading

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Marblehead Lighthouse (1896)

The first lighthouse to be constructed at the northern end of Marblehead Neck (called Lighthouse Point) was built in 1835. There was a 23-foot white tower and a brick keeper’s cottage, attached to the tower by a covered walkway. The … Continue reading

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John Prince House (1761)

According to the sign on the house at 24 State Street in Marblehead, the house was built in 1761 for Capt. John Prince, a blacksmith. In the twentieth century, it was the home of Charles Gilbert, a carpenter.

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Benjamin Ireson House (1808)

The house at 19 Circle Street in Marblehead, built before 1808 and perhaps as early as 1758, is famous for being the home of Benjamin “Flood” Ireson, subject of the 1857 poem, “Skipper Ireson’s Ride,” by John Greenleaf Whittier. Captain … Continue reading

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Herreshoff Castle (1926)

There are a number of interesting castles in Massachusetts. Herreshoff Castle, at 2 Crocker Park in Marblehead, was built in 1926 by artist Waldo Ballard and his wife. Ballard restored many old houses in Marblehead. The castle was originally called … Continue reading

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Old Town House, Marblehead (1727)

This is the 500th Post for Historic Buildings of Massachusetts!!! The Old Town House in Marblehead was built in 1727. The upper level contained the town hall and the lower level was originally used as a market. The building is … Continue reading

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Hearth and Eagle House (1750)

In the 1940s, historical novelist Anya Seton‘s research into her ancestry led her to Marblehead, and she based her 1948 novel, The Hearth and Eagle, on the history of the seaside town. She set the novel in the Hearth and … Continue reading

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