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Researching Place

The rapid fall of the water, the dams at very short distances crossing the river…give this place one of the most singular views to be found in this country.” – 1792 Topographical Sketch of the County Essex

 

Museum staff and volunteers study the built environment of the Amesbury region with a focus on industrial history and urban technology. On an ongoing basis, the museum offers tours and generates reports to showcase this rich history.

 
 
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Frank A. Babcock: Carriages, Buildings and Cars

Story of Frank Babcock, who built the largest carriage factory in Amesbury’s history and then left town to create a highly successful electric auto manufacturing company.

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Introduction to Amesbury Industries, 1790-1930

Growth and decline of textile, carriage and auto body industries in Amesbury. Includes maps and statistical data from multiple sources.

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Amesbury Industrial Database to 1930

Maps and tables show locations and operating periods of Amesbury textile, carriage-making and other businesses to about 1930.

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Amesbury Spark Plug Manufacturers

The stories of four innovative companies developing and manufacturing automotive spark plugs in Amesbury between 1902 and 1915.

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Some Amesbury Wastewater Treatment History

How today’s invisible sewer and wastewater systems evolved from primitive methods of waste collection, transport and disposal.

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History of Amesbury Water Distribution Systems

History of Amesbury’s water and wastewater distribution systems from the 1800s to present day. Traces system evolution from fire-fighting to a public health and convenience necessity.

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Merrimack River Bridges at Deer Island

History of bridges crossing the Merrimack River from Amesbury to Deer Island with photos and explanatory text. Includes photos and information about the Chain Bridge connecting Deer Island to Newburyport.

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Amesbury-Newburyport Chain Bridge 1810-1909

History and construction details of the historical suspension bridge connecting Amesbury to Newburyport. Includes general information about suspension bridge engineering and history.

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Amesbury & Salisbury Agricultural Society

Maps and photos show the agricultural society’s exhibition hall and fairgrounds between Market Street and Southampton Road. This important Amesbury feature stood for about 50 years, starting in the late 1800s.