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Marblehead (Massachusetts)

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Marblehead is a scenic coastal town in the North Shore region of Massachusetts. It is a well-known yachting resort.

Understand[edit]

Marblehead has over 200 homes and buildings that predate the Revolutionary War. Not only does Marblehead have beautiful historic houses, they also have smaller homes as well as the sprawling mansions on Marblehead Neck. Some of these mansions were once summer homes and converted into full time homes overtime.
Entering Marblehead

Get in[edit]

Marblehead is an historic, seacoast town easily reached by car (40 minutes from Boston), by boat, or by Boston’s MBTA.

Originally settled in 1629, Marblehead is a beautiful town on the North Shore of Massachusetts. What sets this town apart from others in the area is that it is surrounded mostly by water and offers an almost nostalgic view of New England as one might imagine it ought to be. Marblehead offers an array of beautiful beaches as well as amazing views of the ocean, its harbor and a beautiful downtown area for shopping. A few different parts make up this small town. The main parts of the town are "Old Town", which is the historic part of Marblehead that to this day has homes that were built when the town was first settled. Another part of town, is the "downtown" are which has become a little more urbanized overtime. They have many shops as well as stores like CVS. The last part of the town is Marblehead Neck. Marblehead Neck was once an Island, until the down decided to build a causeway to connect it to the rest of the town. Know for its amazing mansions and yacht clubs, the Neck is truly the prettiest part of the town. Dozens of imaginative, family-owned boutiques & galleries along with scores of antique, gift and specialty shops dot the walkable town. Marblehead has a website that offers the history and various links for what you can do in the town, http://www.marblehead.org/.

Get around[edit]

To get around the town, there are a couple different options:

1) MBTA Bus There are four different bus routes you can take:

  1. 441
  2. 442
  3. 448
  4. 449

There are major bus stops in most parts of the town, for more information on schedules visit: MBTA schedule is here.

2) The local trolley:

The local trolley runs from Old Town throughout the town and around the neck, and runs on the weekends. The pick up area is in front of the Old Town Hall*

See[edit][add listing]

  • Fort Sewall, Front St. (Rt. 114), [1].
    Fort Sewell Marblehead

Formally an armed fort owned by the United States and used to defend against French invaders prior to the Revolutionary War. The "used to be" war fort has now been transformed into one of Marblehead's most serene locations with the best views. This fort was deeded to the town in 1922 and still contains bunkers and underground rooms that held prisoners. This location is one of Marblehead's most popular sites. The rocky and high stretch of land provides views of the entire Marblehead Harbor as well as Marblehead Lighthouse. Climbing down the rocky land and sitting to watch the view on the surrounding benches in an opportunity that is not found anywhere.

  • Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St.
    Abbot Hall Marblehead

The seat of Marblehead's town government. Abbot Hall contains the deed to the town from the Nanapashemet tribe of the Native Americans dated from 1684. The clock in the tower of Abbot Hall was installed in 1877. Every week the maintenance caretakers climb the tower for inspection. Tours are taken throughout the building at scheduled times. The selectman's office in Abbot Hall is home to the famous painting by Archibald M. Willard, "The Spirit of 76".

The Festival of the Arts occurs July 3rd-6th. Beginning in 1962, this summer festival has attracted thousands of people to downtown Marblehead to view art from the local artists. Street performers and concession stands are available through the streets. Local Businesses are open and offering discounts of various items. In the very front of Abbot Hall, arts and crafts station are available for children including face painting, balloons, and other hand made art. Inside the gallery of Abbot Hall is where an are auction takes place. People can bid on various art items and view which items have won awards.

As a child, my family and I have attended the Marblehead festival of Arts every year. We love supporting local artists and watching the live music played at Crocker Park and Fort Sewall. One year in particular, my family including my cousins, took a tour of Abbot Hall. We were able to climb the tower to the very top. The views from the top were absolutely spectacular. At the end of the tour, we were able to watch the bell being rung from a mile-long rope extending from the top of the tower. Based on the fact that the bell is so heavy, the rope must be pulled by two to three people all forcing their wight downward. Abbot Hall and the Festival of the Arts offers a family friendly activity and atmosphere that can truly be appreciated by all ages.


  • Frost Folk Art Museum, 170 Washington St., Phone: 781-631-1768, [2].
  • G.A.R. & Civil War Museum, Phone: 781-631-1768, [3]. Open Memorial Day, July 4th, and Christmas Walk or by appointment.
  • Jeremiah Lee Mansion, 161 Washington Street, 781-631-1768,[4].
  • King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Phone: 781-631-2608. Tu-Sa, noon–4PM; Su 1–5PM.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Atlantic Charters, 13 Drumlin Road, Phone: 781-639-0055, [5]. Sailing charters, lessons, rentals.
  • Devereux Beach, Ocean Avenue, Marblehead, [6]. Full service beach experience includes beach side seasonal restaurant. Playground and restrooms are available to the public. Parking is Monday - Thursday: $5.00, Friday - Sunday: $10.00. Fees are collected 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
  • Crocker Park, Front Street, Marblehead, [7]. Beautiful park that offers 2.82 acres of a spectacular view of Marblehead Harbor. Includes a covered gazebo and swim docks available seasonally. Includes benches and restrooms available to the public. Crocker Park hosts numerous weddings and summer-evening concerts.
  • SHE, 86 Washington St, Marblehead MA 01945, 781-639-9800. This store is very cute and set in the heart of Old Town. They carry various women's clothing lines such as Free People and JBrand Jeans. You will definitely find something to add to your wardrobe.  edit

Yachting[edit]

The town of Marblehead offers five yacht clubs all surrounding Marblehead Harbor. Each yacht club can be jointed through a membership with or without a boat. They have unique restaurants and club activities offered at each location.

  • Boston Yacht Club, 1 Front Street, Phone: 781-631-3100. Includes a premium members only restaurant open Monday-Sunday with Sunday Brunch. Hosts multiple sailboat races including the prestigious Marblhead-to-Halifax Ocean Race offered every other year. Also sponsors Wednesday night sailboat races with a social event afterward.
  • Eastern Yacht Club, 47 Foster Street, Phone: 781-631-1400. Contains three dining rooms, a club room, a living room, and a porch that overlooks the harbor. Surrounding areas include an Olympic size swimming pool, six tennis courts, three paddle tennis courts, and the eastern pier, pier house, and dock. Many popular sailboat races hosted include the Annual Regatta (July 4th), Junior Race Week (July 22nd-24th), and the National Ocean One Design "NOOD" Regatta (July 25th-28th).
  • Corinthian Yacht Club, 1 Nahant Street, Phone: 781-631-0005. Located on top of a cocky ledge overlooking Marblehead Harbor. The dining room contains a ballroom dance floor and porch over the water. The club's harbor room includes a trophy room with paneled walls., a stone fireplace, and historic theme. Outdoors is an Olympic size swimming pool and pool house. Two tennis courts and a tennis hutch provide an excellent environment for tennis players. Many popular sailboat races include the Hospice Regatta, Summer Regatta, and the Mid Summer Ocean Race.
  • Dolphin Yacht Club, 17 Allerton Place, Phone: 781-639-6399. Contains a recently remodeled dining room with a new bar and outdoor deck. Restaurant includes a downstairs and upstairs seating Monday-Sunday. Reservations are recommended. A sponsored sailboat race includes an annual Chase Race.
  • Marblehead Yacht Club, 4 Cliff Street, Phone: 781-631-9771. Contains a dining restaurant, upstairs and downstairs seating. Outside deck and top porch view. Sailboat races sponsored by the Marblehead Yacht Club include an annual Chase Race held on July 20th.

Dozens of imaginative, family-owned boutiques & galleries along with scores of antique, gift and specialty shops dot the walkable town.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Barnacle, 141 Front Street on the harbor, Phone: 781-631-4236. Seafood restaurant, lunch and dinner. Overlooking Marblehead Harbor, fresh seafood and surf&turf entrees available. Reasonably priced for authentic New England Cuisine.
  • The Landing, 81 Front Street, Phone: 781-639-1266. The Landing Restaurant is a unique location because of its on the water and over the water deck for dining. The menu offers fresh local seafood, creative dishes, and local lobster. The Landing has a full bar, excellent wine list, and is accessible by land or sea. Every table in the dining room has a view of boats on Marblehead Harbor. Live entertainment is offered in the pub every weekend.
  • Marblehead House of Pizza, 7 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead MA 01945. A part of history in Marblehead. Everyone can remember getting house of pizza since they were born. Great pizza and amazing service, you are going to want more right after you finish!  edit
  • Cafe Vesuvius, 18 Bessom St, Marblehead MA 01945, 7816398120, [8]. A great, family owned, italian pizza shop. They serve amazing sandwiches and salads. What is great is that all of their entrees are named after the greek gods. Affordable too!  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Three Cod Tavern, 141 Pleasant Street, Marblehead MA 01945, 7816393263, [9]. This restaurant offers grab food at an affordable price, and it great for families. It also has a bar that is separate from the restaurant that is great for watching your favorite Boston sports teams.  edit
  • Maddies Sail Loft, 15 State Street, Marblehead MA 01945, 7816319824. A true Marblehead drinking establishment known for its signature drinks and New England seaside charm. Upstairs dining and downstairs pub available without reservation.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Over 30 romantic inns and B&Bs offer a respite from the frenzy of city life.

  • The Seagull Inn Bed & Breakfast, 106 Harbor Ave. (Marblehead Neck), 781-631-1893. checkin: 2 pm; checkout: 11:30 am. On beautiful Marblehead Neck just steps from ocean and harbor, this old New England inn has been restored with cherry floors, Shaker furniture, and original paintings. Comfortable and private guest suites, expandable for families. Water views from porch, dining room, some suites. Beautiful gardens. Kayaks and bikes free for guests. Beaches nearby. All rooms have private baths, TV/VCR/DVD, phone and refrigerator. [10] $140 - $250. (42.500805,-70.836180) edit
  • The Harbor Light Inn, 58 Washington Street. (Marblehead Neck), 781-631-2186. checkin: 2 pm; checkout: 11:30 am. In the heart of downtown Marblehead in an historic building built in the 1600's and marvelously renovated. This quintessential New England B&B will not dissapoint. [11] $150 - $300. (42.500805,-70.836180) edit


Get out[edit]

Route 1A starts at Ocean Street in Marblehead. Follow Route 1A South to Logan Airport or continue to Boston, Route 93 North or South, or the Mass Pike. Route 114 starts on Pleasant Street in Marblehead. Follow Route 114 to Interstate 95 to travel to Providence Rhode Island, or New Hampshire.

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