Newburyport 250th Anniversary
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Treasures in the Archives
One of the city’s final events in celebration of our 250th Anniversary.
Treasures in the Archives: Newburyport 1764-2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Public Library Program Room
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Trace your genealogy, view early maps and photographs, and learn about Newburyport’s part in several historic wars.
The city will also display a slideshow on shipyards and gravestone restoration. If you have photos to contribute to the presentation, please call the Archival Center at 978-465-4428 x 231.
Newburyport 250th Anniversary
Incorporated in 1764 with a population of 2,800, Newburyport was the smallest town in the province of Massachusetts Bay.
The City of Newburyport now welcomes you to celebrate a century of culture and history with pride.
Announcement from Mayor Holaday –
“Mayor Holaday and the Institution for Savings are pleased to announce another exciting event to celebrate Newburyport’s 250th! On Saturday October 18th, there will be a community-wide scavenger hunt and community fair at the Bartlet Mall. Vendors will be at the Mall from noon to 4PM to showcase their businesses. The scavenger hunt will wrap up with a pasta dinner in the auditorium at City Hall later that evening – more details to follow.”
What a turnout for the Newburyport 250th Anniversary Celebration at Plum Island Point yesterday.
Travel was made convenient, parking at the Plum Island Airport and getting shuttled to the event free of charge.
Once there, the music was pumping all day long featuring several bands including The Holaday Project with Joe Holaday of Beatlejuice.
Our pals from the U.S. Coast Guard were also front and center, allowing kids on their mobile watercraft for an up close look at what it takes to navigate our Newburyport area waters.
All this activity made us work up a hunger, so it was over to the tent for some David’s Seafood lobsters and clams, as well as hotdogs, hamburgs and corn on the cob from Tendercrop Farm served up by Newburyport.com VIPs Starboard Galley and Port City Sandwich Co.
Thanks goodness Mill River Winery and Newburyport Brewing Company were also on hand, because there was plenty of cheers to be had when Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday unveiled Newburyport’s new flag – a clean boat on a brilliant blue background to represent our beautiful coastal city.
Kids also enjoyed kite making and flying, as well as a little beach volleyball, before Dianne’s Fine Desserts presented us with an enormous spread of delicious cakes and cheesecake. Thumbs up!
Last call was aboard the nearby Captain’s Lady cruise ship for families to travel the Merrimack River, greeted by a cool ocean breeze.
Thank you to all that donated their time to make this event such a wonderful experience!
Do you know about the impressive history of the Plum Island Airport in Newbury? Many advances in aviation occurred on Plum Island. The first flying field in New England was built on Plum Island. The original runway over the sand dunes and marshes was made of wood!
The Plum Island Light House also know as the Plum Island Light or the Newburyport Harbor Light, has a very interesting history. It was first lit in 1788 with a lantern burning whale oil. And it was the 13th lighthouse to be constructed in the U.S.. It was needed to guide boaters into the treacherous mouth of the Merrimack River and into Newburyport Harbor.
Each year Plum Island beachgoers must pack up their gear and vacate The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge when the piping plovers swoop in for nesting and breeding season causing