Discover the history and development of Amesbury’s water and wastewater infrastructure from the primitive systems of 150 years ago up through today's high-tech monitoring and control systems. Includes tours of the city’s water and wastewater treatment facilities.
This industrial tour is in cooperation with the Amesbury’s Department of Public Works and the Society for Industrial Archeology, Southern New England Chapter.
Tickets: $20 ($15 for carriage museum members)
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Carriage museum members and non-members are invited to Ristorante Molise to enjoy this illuminating presentation by Laura Orleans, Executive Director of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. We will also review the Carriage Museum's impressive accomplishments and hear about exciting plans for the future.
Tickets: $35 non-members / $30 members
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The Carriage Museum will display carriages and Amesbury-made automobile bodies on the Market Square bullnose.
That day’s carriage museum display is part of the Carriagetown Car Show, when downtown Amesbury is filled with classic, antiques, hot rods and rat rods. Many food vendors and stores will be open. Donations benefit the Carriage Museum and Amesbury Days.
Rain date: Sunday July 8.
Dr. Charles Hyde will explore the changing nature of the Detroit automobile industry beginning when auto-bodies were supplied by small firms, including many in Amesbury, and shipped to Detroit for final assembly.
Dr. Hyde is professor emeritus at Wayne State University in Detroit. He has written several books, including Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II and Images from the Arsenal of Democracy.
Location: Amesbury Senior Community Center, 68 Elm Street.
Help celebrate the 350th anniversary of Amesbury's incorporation as a town by bringing the family for a 1-hour walking tour to learn about the waterfalls, dams and former factory buildings in the once bustling upper millyard.
Tours start at 1 pm and 3 pm and each tour is limited to 30 persons. Arrive early to assure a space.
Starting location: Millyard Entrance, 5 Market Square.
After your tour, continue to celebrate Amesbury's Incorporation Day by stopping by the old railroad station in the lower Millyard (29 Water Street) and enjoying ice cream from Hodgie's.
As Amesbury struggles to prevent destruction of historic properties, Max Page, Professor of Architecture at UMass, Amherst, and author of Why Preservation Matters, will discuss the preservation movement - past, present and hopeful future.
Location: Amesbury Senior Community Center, 68 Elm Street.
The Mass. Memories Road Show documents people, places and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. Carriage Museum volunteers, along with volunteers from nine other Amesbury civic groups, will scan family and community photographs and videotape “the stories behind the photos.”
Any Amesbury resident can bring up to three photos for the Amesbury community album, which will eventually become part of a state-wide digital collection called the Mass. Memories Road Show. Photos will be scanned on site and immediately returned to their owners.
The road show is an ongoing effort by the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The Amesbury event will be a wonderful way to help celebrate the our city's 350th anniversary.
Location: Amesbury High School, 5 Highland Street.
Edith Maxwell, Amesbury historian and writer, presents Amesbury Women: Their Daily Life at the turn of the 20th Century. Join her to find out how much everyday life has changed in the past 125 years (and how much has remained the same).
Location: Amesbury Senior Community Center, 68 Elm Street.
Join our community fundraiser at Flatbread Company in Amesbury. Between 5:30 and 9:00 pm, Flatbread donates a portion of the proceeds from each pizza to the Carriage Museum. Includes take-out orders!
Thank you for your interest in this event, and thank you Flatbread Company!
Location: Flatbread Company, 5 Market Square, Amesbury.
Come to an evening at Brewery Silvaticus to learn about the beer-brewing craft. Brewer Mark Zappasodi will explain his brewing process, including ingredients and equipment - all situated in a historical mill building on the edge of the Powow River in downtown Amesbury.
There is no admission fee for the event and it's open to the public. Silvaticus will offer a cash bar.
Location: Brewery Silvaticus, 9 Water Street.
Join us for this informal presentation by Steve Klomps of the Amesbury Historical Commission. Steve will display and discuss some historical artifacts and explain what they can tell us about Amesbury's past.
Location: Amesbury Senior Community Center, 68 Elm Street.
At 11 am and again at 1 pm, we will offer walking tours of the Amesbury Millyard in support of the Amesbury Cultural Council's Open Studio. Come learn about the Powow River and the growth of industry in Amesbury. Tours are free and will begin in Market Square near the Gateway Arch.
After the tour - plan to visit the open artist studios located throughout Amesbury. Information about the Amesbury Cultural Council and its open studios is available here.
Join the conversation and learn about plans for the future for the Amesbury Carriage Museum.
Free admission. All are welcome. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Executive Director John Mayer and President of the Board of Directors Mary Chatigny will outline a vision for the Carriage Museum and highlight how new programs are building a foundation for the future.
The audience will be asked to participate in the discussion and explore the type of organization that can engage all segments of the Amesbury community.
There have been some exciting programs and important accomplishments to celebrate as we all look forward to the city's 350th anniversary - a year that can further strengthen the role of the museum in the community.
Please join us for an evening of open and creative discussion about the future for the Amesbury Carriage Museum.
For more information please contact John Mayer, Executive Director - email@example.com.
About the Annual Meeting and Dinner – 5:30 pm:
The 32nd Annual Meeting will include a cash bar and buffet dinner provided by Ristorante Molise, a brief business meeting, and followed by a special program featuring guest speaker, Dr. Patrick Malone. Our meeting will highlight the progress made over the past twelve months, a brief summary of our plans for 2018, and an opportunity to meet museum leadership.
The cash bar will open at 5:30 pm – the dinner will be served at 6:00 pm!
There is a $30 charge per person for the dinner; pre-registration by September 14 is required.
About the Annual Meeting Program – 7:00 pm
The Annual Meeting Program follows the dinner and features the nationally known historian, Dr. Patrick Malone, who will share his work researching the industrial history of water-powered mills throughout New England. The presentation supports the efforts of the Amesbury Carriage Museum to document industrial sites in the city including textile mills, carriage manufacturing companies and other workplaces.
CITIES AT THE FALLS: WATERPOWER IN LOWELL AND AMESBURY
Waterpower spurred the industrialization of the United States and was the dominant form of power for manufacturing until after the Civil War. It is not surprising that both Lowell and Amesbury grew at major drops on the Merrimack River system, one on the main stream and the other on a small but steep tributary. This illustrated presentation will look at how these manufacturing centers harnessed the energy of falling water to drive machinery and support economic development. Professor Malone will focus primarily on Lowell, the subject of his recent book, but he will also demonstrate the significance of waterpower in Amesbury.
Patrick M. Malone is professor emeritus of American Studies and Urban Studies at Brown University. He is a past president of the Society of Industrial Archeology, author of Waterpower in Lowell (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), and co-author, with Robert Gordon, of The Texture of Industry (Oxford University Press, 1994). His current research project is a collaborative investigation of the promise and failure of nineteenth-century tide mills in the Back Bay of Boston.
Thank you for your interest in the tour.
We are sorry - registration for this event is now closed.
We hope to see you at our Annual Meeting on Monday, September 18!
While exploring the vintage automobiles at Mayor Gray’s Carriagetown Car Show, stop to view several historic carriages from our collection in the amphitheater. We’ll offer hourly walking tours from 10 am to 1 pm that highlight the history of industry and the making of automobile bodies in Amesbury.
Join us Saturday morning during Amesbury Days in the City Hall parking lot – 62 Friend St.
We'll have hands-on workshops for kids and families. Drop in throughout the morning and take part in “make and take” activities.
This event is a part of the Amesbury Cultural Council's Art Show.
Meeting Location: Heritage Center building / lower millyard, 29 Water St., Amesbury
Admission: $10 non-members, free for members
Led by photographer Tim Gurczak, participants will view industrial Amesbury and Carriage Hill with a photographer’s perspective. The walking tour will include selected mill buildings and industrial sites with many opportunities to photograph spaces and details inside and outside.
Participants must be at least 15 years old and capable of climbing multiple stair flights.
Preregistration is required, and space is limited. Register now.
Location: Millyard Archway, Market Square, Amesbury
Family Admission: $25 non-members, $20 members
Bring the entire family for a walking tour to learn about the waterfalls, dams, big bolts and bridges along the river and discover what was made in the all those looming factory buildings. Registration is $20 for Members and $25 for non-members. Amesbury educator Bruce McBrien joins ACM Executive Director John Mayer for a guided tour of the river geared toward kids and families.
Advance registration required. Register online.
What if we Built Amesbury Around Places? – Discovering and Activating our Shared Spaces
April 13, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: Amesbury City Hall Auditorium, 62 Friend St.
Open to the public
This program will introduce the concept of “Placemaking” as a valuable tool for city development and an essential aspect of community life. These spaces can be intentionally created and when developed well, can effectively encourage economic growth and new uses by community members of all types.
As an experienced practitioner with the internationally recognized Project for Public Spaces, Philip Winn will explain the Placemaking approach and provide examples of how different cities have embraced an iterative and collaborative model as the basis for development projects. These case studies will include simple, low-cost initiatives and more complex projects, each in a variety of urban environments. The different projects successfully supported economic growth, cultural activities, and recreational uses in the city.
All of these projects share an essential quality – the community was involved in the process of discovery, design, and development.
With the opportunity to influence the future use of the Lower Millyard and other areas, this program will have particular value to Amesbury and include both an interactive exercise to identify placemaking opportunities and an open conversation about potential approaches to this area.
For in-depth information, download these booklets about Placemaking:
Crave Restaurant, 32 Elm St., Amesbury
This is the second History on Tap program – a social occasion with historical content to share. History on Tap marks the beginning of the program season.
The event is open to the community – there is no admission fee.
The program will showcase the work of the volunteers involved in the Amesbury Industrial Survey. Members of the survey team will share and explain examples of survey materials – maps, photographs, historical reports – that together represent detailed information about the industrial history of Amesbury.
Beginning in April 2016, this volunteer group has been gathering historical information about industrial Amesbury. The scope and range of source material is incredible - written and published histories, maps, photographs, and artifacts that illustrate the evolution of the town and shed light on changes to the built environment.
Crave Restaurant will serve hors d’oeuvres and there will be a cash bar.
John Mayer, Amesbury Carriage Museum Executive Director, will present "Textiles, Carriages and Industrial History - The Making of a Local History Museum in Amesbury."
Location: Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St., Newburyport. More information at Newburyport Library website.
The Amesbury Carriage Museum is coordinating a special tour of Amesbury in connection with the Carriage Association's regional program.
Join us for our annual meeting (marking our 30th year of operations!) and dinner catered by Phat Cats Restaurant. Our meeting will highlight the progress made over the past twelve months and our plans for 2017 as well as an opportunity to meet museum leadership. We will officially welcome three new Trustees to the organization – Amy Mitchell, Christopher Deorocki, and Abigail Bottome.
Following our dinner meeting join us for an illustrated talk with industrial photographer Jet Lowe.
Jet Lowe is a nationally known documentary photographer who worked for over thirty five years with the National Park Service and the Historic American Engineering Record. Lowe’s photographs create a permanent record of important historic landmarks, engineering structures, and places of work. The scope of and scale of his catalog is dramatic. Lowe has documented early colonial mills and twentieth-century space equipment. His photographs provide a vivid record of work, industry, and innovation in our country.
Lowe was part of efforts in the 1970s to study textile mills in New England. As a result of these efforts, city planners learned about the importance of these buildings and were better able to preserve and adapt these places for new uses.
Lowe will share stories through an illustrated talk highlighting some projects that he found particularly important.
The dinner will begin at 5:30 pm and be held in the High School Cafeteria. Register for the dinner by September 16.
REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED
The Amesbury Carriage Museum invites members of both New England chapters of the SIA to tour industrial Amesbury Massachusetts on September 10. Registration begins at 9:00 with the tour starting at 9:30 am. Space is limited to 40 people. Please register by September 6 to ensure your place for the day.
The tour includes several special opportunities – access to early textile and carriage-making buildings, a process tour through an operating, traditional silver workshop, and a visit to a 21st-century innovation center and maker space.
Tour leaders will provide an orientation to the town and describe the museum’s ongoing effort to research, survey, and catalog the industrial history of Amesbury. Coffee and lunch are provided in the registration fee. Don’t miss out - the day promises to be full of interesting information and unusual industrial sites.
While Amesbury is well known as a center for carriage manufacturing, volunteer researchers are uncovering a broader history of industry and innovation. Abundant water power and water transportation attracted entrepreneurs and industrialists as early as 1641. They built grist mills and sawmills on the falls of the Powow River, followed by iron works, nail-making mills, textile factories, hat and shoe shops, and carriage and automobile works. Industrial figures Ezra Worthen and Paul Moody, well known for their successes in Waltham and Lowell, got their start in Amesbury’s textile factories.
Volunteer researchers will describe what they’ve found during the first six months of the Amesbury Industrial Survey. A walking tour of industrial sites will fill most of the day, including visits to Old Newbury Crafters, manufacturing companies, and Amesbury Industrial Supply, old-style hardware store. Building owners have saved these structures from the wrecking ball and adapted them to innovative 21st century uses.
The registration fee of $20 per person includes morning coffee and lunch provided by The Noshery, Amesbury. Please note - the annual SNEC-SIA business meeting will be held during lunch.
Join us for a short presentation and conversation with Anthony Connors, author of the 2014 book Ingenious Machinists: Two Inventive Lives from the Industrial Revolution published by SUNY. Featured in the book is the story of Paul Moody – a machinist and inventor who apprenticed in the Amesbury mills in the early 1800s. Moody went on to work for the Boston Associates in Waltham and Lowell, Massachusetts where he contributed to the development of power looms and the growth of the American textile industry.
The program will feature a short history about Moody and his work in Amesbury and a conversation with a local group developing an industrial survey of Amesbury. Get a sneak peek with this free preview of Chapter One.
The program is free and open to the public.
The Amesbury Carriage Alliance would like to invite you to eat and drink with us! This event hosted by the Amesbury Carriage Alliance and Amesbury Carriage Museum to support our fundraising efforts for the Heritage Center Project. Our goal is $15,000 and we need your help to get there.
We are meeting in the beautiful and historic space at No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits. Enjoy a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.
R.S.V.P. required. Please call 978-388-3178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 8.8.16.
Join us on Saturday, May 21st from 9am to 1pm for a photo/walking tour of select mill buildings in downtown Amesbury. By special permission of building owners, we will have the chance not only to examine but photograph rarely seen elements and interiors that speak of our rich industrial heritage in its heyday.
All skill levels welcomed, the only requirement is the ability the fitness to walk up and down multiple flights of stairs with ease and be at least 15 years of age.
In order to maximize the experience, tickets are extremely limited. $15 for members of the Amesbury Carriage Museum and $20 for not-yet-members.
To register, please send an email with your name and telephone number to email@example.com. You will receive an email confirming your attendance, if tickets are available.
Join us on April 14 at 7 pm at Amesbury City Hall for the inaugural event in our Bailey Family Foundation Speaker series.
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. Walkable cities encourage pedestrian traffic by offering safe and comfortable places and spaces for walking. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, Speck presided over the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design.
With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mr. Speck is the co-author of The Smart-Growth Manual and the “modern classic” Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.” His latest book, Walkable City, was the best selling city-planning book of 2013-14.
In a 2012 interview with NPR Speck said, “…what happened in the last decade is that these other groups who get a lot more attention — doctors, economists, scientists — have begun to realize that the traditional neighborhood and particularly urban neighborhoods are much more sustainable environmentally, much more successful economically, and much, much better for us in terms of our health."
Speck's talk will begin at 7 pm followed by a Q&A and book signing. This event is offered free and open to the public thanks to the generous and continued support of the Bailey Family Foundation.
The Amesbury Carriage Museum presents: History On Tap, a social gathering for local history lovers and fans of Amesbury!
Join us at Amesbury's famous Noshery to meet our new executive director John Mayer and to examine rarely seen items from our special collections. The Carriage Museum is exploring new historical programs for our community. History on Tap will provide a perfect setting for you to share your knowledge of history and to help us with our plans.
Shake off the winter and join us anytime between 5:00 and 7:30pm on March 31st at 11 Elm Street, Amesbury, MA to enjoy the fine beverages and Hors d'Oeuvres of The Noshery as well as the company and knowledge of your fellow neighbors!
The Amesbury Carriage Museum is a major partner in the Amesbury Heritage Center initiative. For more information, visit our website at amesburycarriagemuseum.com.
Come join us for a tasty dinner catered by Phat Cats Bistro and An Architectural Survey of Amesbury at the Height of the Carriage Industry, a presentation by Jay S. Williamson.
In the late 1800s burgeoning wealth from the booming carriage industry gave birth to an upwardly mobile middle class in Amesbury. This class could now afford horses and carriages of their own, a luxury almost unheard of 100 years prior. Join us as Amesbury resident Jay S. Williamson leads a virtual tour of the development of Amesbury's highlands shortly after the Civil War during the heyday of carriage manufacturing by highlighting the era's outbuildings, carriage houses and landscaping.
Jay S. Williamson is an Amesbury resident and longstanding Historical Commission member as well as the former curator of the Historical Society of Old Newbury (1997-2014). He is also a dealer of American and European fine art and antiques, buying and selling for over 25 years throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. His great-grandfather Edwin Irving Colby was a carriage trimmer at Biddle & Smart in Amesbury, MA.
Cost of tickets is $30.00 and can be purchased by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a ticket or sending a check payable to Amesbury Carriage Museum to P. O. Box 252, Amesbury MA 01913