A visit to downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts’ Historic District could be considered a trip back in time, for some. According to a National Park Service website, it “is one of the last seaport business districts remaining from the golden days of New England shipping1.” Today, the goods and services being sold are different, but the vibrant commercial center remains; as well as many of the historic buildings.
One of these buildings located at the east end of Market Square, known as the East Row, was reportedly erected after massive fires destroyed the downtown area in 1811 by Abraham Perkins, who occupied part of the building as a hardware store2. In the late 17th century, it is said to have been the home of William Morse – a figure in the first legal investigation of New England witchcraft3. Other businesses that occupied the East Row building include Ocean Bank; Berry, Dodge and Marquand – spice grinders and coffee roasters; St. Charles Oyster Saloon; The Lord Brothers – who sold Shoemakers tools and supplies; as well as a grocery store, garage and gas station2.
Completely renovated beginning in 1977 by Crescent Associates of Salem as part of the Urban Renewal project2, the building today houses a variety of storefronts and offices, along with condominiums on the upper levels.
If you’ve imagined living in a building with such a rich history, now is your chance. We’ve recently listed a property located in the East Row building at 18 Market Square. Renovated more recently this three bedroom, one bath property is a wonderful blend of old and new. The exposed brick and beamed ceilings give this space vintage charm, and 3 levels of living offers plenty of room for you and your guests. An exclusive deck affords you a view of the city and river beyond; as well as the Custom House that ties the property back to its historic roots.
Call today to schedule a showing! And, while you are in Newburyport, stroll the streets and take in the rich history of this beautiful maritime town.
Photo credit: Newburyport Historical Commission, Newburyport Historic District
[Original source: Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass. (E.I. neg. #11,884).]
Check out the sources used for this post to learn more about the East Row building and Newburyport’s history:
- “Market Square Historic District.” Maritime History of Massachusetts: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary. National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/maritime/mrk.htm.
- Newburyport Historical Commission, Mausolf, Lisa. “Form B – Building, BUILDING FORM (14-72 Market Square).” National Register of Historic Places. Newburyport Historic District: http://www.newburyporthistoricdistrict.org/14-22%20Market%20Square.pdf.
- “The First New England Witch.” com: http://www.westernmasshistory.com/witch/02.html.