UnderstandMarblehead 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.
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. Known 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/.
To get around the town, there are a couple different options:
1) MBTA Bus There are four different bus routes you can take:
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*
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.
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.
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.
Dozens of imaginative, family-owned boutiques & galleries along with scores of antique, gift and specialty shops dot the walkable town.
Over 30 romantic inns and B&Bs offer a respite from the frenzy of city life.
Marblehead is an exceptionally safe community despite its proximity to Lynn.
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.