Get deep into Yankee Homecoming Week!

Oh, my gosh!      Some people like to think of this Week as a time of shallowness – tourists eating ice cream, milling about booths where goods are hawked, seeing the fireworks and milling about the town aimlessly.

If they have half a mind, they may go to the Greek Festival on Harris Street or sit at the parade on Sunday.


Use this week to learn about why Newburyport is so special and come away with a very unique experience.


Just check out this list and see that our biggest festival is really a deeper experience than ice cream on the bull nose!

  Clipper Heritage Trail

Saturday, July 30th, 10:00 – 11:00am

Emma Andrews Library, corner of Purchase and Marlboro Streets.
Hear author of
Tiptoe Through the Tombstones, Ghlee E. Woodworth talk about her latest research project, the Clipper Heritage Trail, a series of self-guided history tours of Newburyport. Learn about the ropewalks and comb factories, the shipbuilders and artists, and the young Newburyport law student John Quincy Adams’ first love.

  Oak Hill Cemetery

Saturday, July 30th, Noon – 1:00pm

Meet at the main entrance, Brown and State Streets.
Walk along with
Ghlee Woodworth, author of award winning Tiptoe Through the Tombstones, and visit the gravesites of writers, ship captains, and photographers and learn about the ongoing gravestone and chapel restoration project. Signed books will be available.

  Yankee Homecoming Historical Tours By Ralph Ayers

Saturday, July 30 – Saturday, August 6, 10:30am & 2:00pm

Meet at Information Booth, Waterfront Park.
Enjoy a two hour narrated historical tour through Newburyport, Newbury and Plum Island, offered by the eminent local historian Ralph Ayers. He will be offering colorful and interesting stories and sites of our buildings, parks and history of the area. Donations only; proceeds go to the Newburyport Salvation Army. For special group tours, see Chairperson on site.

  Footsteps of Heroes: Newburyport‘s Civil War Walking Tour

Saturday, July 30th, 5:00 – 6:30pm

Begins and ends in front of 57 State St. (Arthur Page Insurance Co) located at State and Pleasant Sts. (tour length ~ 90 min.)
Bill Hallett and Liz Gardell will lead us back in time to the mid-19th century and the conflict that nearly tore the country apart. Newburyport is rich in Civil War history and now those times get their due. See the location of the family dry goods store where Capt. Bartlett worked before becoming a casualty of the Battle of Antietam. See the location of the old meeting house where Frederick Douglas spoke against slavery on his first New England tour. See the home of a prominent citizen and presidential hopeful who was a dear friend of Jefferson Davis. Intersperse these sites with the accounts of famous ships and a Newburyport man who became a Confederate General. Find out what Mayor Jackman and the city did upon hearing of the Lincoln Assassination, and more!

  Superior Courthouse on Bartlet Mall Open House

Sunday, July 31st, 10:00am – Noon

Visit the 1805 courthouse, designed by Charles Bullfinch, and learn about its history and architecture.

  Civil War Encampment

Sunday, July 31st, 10:00am – 4:00pm

FREE! Brown Square in front of City Hall. Come see how soldiers lived, see musket firing demonstrations, learn about the soldiers’ gear, and interact with both Union and Confederate living historians. Also, see women as they were in the 1860s and learn how their rolls changed. See a wide variety of muskets and tents, and MORE! Let’s put the “Old Fashioned” back in “Old Fashioned Sunday.”

  Clipper City Rail Trail Tour

Sunday, July 31st, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Ghlee Woodworth, Tour Guide

Clipper City Rail Trail. Meet at the Merrimack River/Route One Bridge entrance.
Take a step back in time to the 1800s and walk by the homes of a ship carver and merchant, see the location of an iron foundry and shoe factory, and view the area of an African American neighborhood, Guinea Village. This tour is part of the Clipper Heritage Trail, a series of self-guided history tours of Newburyport.

  Old South Church Tour

Sunday, July 31st, 11:45am – 1:00pm

Meet at the front doors.
Tour the eighteenth century church and crypt and hear about the rich history of the Old South Church on Federal Street.

  Historic Tours of St. Paul’s Church

Sunday, July 31st, Noon – 4:00pm

Meet at the front doors of the Church.
Tour guides dressed in period colonial garb will escort you back through time to the founding of the parish in 1711 British New England through the Revolutionary War period. Visitors will tour the present church building, hear the story of its design and architect, see artifacts like the 1809 Paul Revere bell, hear about Bishop Edward Bass who saved the church from destruction during the Revolutionary War and visit his grave located in the churchyard. Be prepared for liberal amounts of local lore, colonial gossip and Revolutionary War history. A self guided tour of the grave sites of prominent people buried in the colonial era graveyard with biographies will be available. St. Paul’s parish was founded in 1711 and is the oldest continuous Episcopal parish in Massachusetts. Tours are on the half-hour, and last 45-50 minutes. Call 978-697-4084 or visit for more information.

Down A Long and the Ridge

Sunday, July 31st, 4:30-6:00pm

Ghlee Woodworth, Tour Guide

Meet at the top of Bromfield Street across from March’s Hill in Newburyport’s south end; walk ends at Fruit Street.
Stroll by the mansions of sea captains, writers, and merchants. Hear about the famous architect and inventor, and listen to the stories of woman writer, Sarah Mulliken. This tour is part of the Clipper Heritage Trail, a series of self-guided history tours of Newburyport.

  Jean Doyle. Life in Newburyport: Volume II, 1950 to 1985.

Monday, August 1st, 10:00-11:00am

Newburyport Public Library, Program Room.
Enjoy listening to stories of yesteryear as author Jean Doyle discusses her second book, Volume II, on Newburyport history, 1950 to 1985. Signed books will be available.

  Tracy Mansion Tour

Monday, August 1st, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Meet in the lobby of the Newburyport Public Library.
Come see the 18th-century Tracy Mansion, the original Newburyport Library built in 1771. Hear
Cynthia Diminture, Director, give a lively tour about how this historic building has contributed to our rich heritage and how it was transformed into an important part of the renovated library.

  Piel Craftsmen

Wednesday, August 3rd – Friday, August 5th, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Piel Craftsmen, 3½ Center Street across from Ten Center Street restaurant.
Established over 50 years ago, Piel Craftsmen have produced over 20,000 ship models. Over the years craftsmen have also restored thousands of ship model wrecks to their original condition. Come visit and talk to staff and learn about the history of building ship models including the 1800s clipper ships, schooners, and whaling ships.

  History of Plum Island

Wednesday, August 3rd, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Parker River Wildlife Headquarters, Plum Island Turnpike.
Through a power point presentation by
Mike Bulger, take a trip back into history and learn about the beginnings of Plum Island in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Mike has collected hundreds of photos and newspaper articles about the history of Plum Island. Come join us for an enjoyable evening.

  The Cemetery Crawl

Thursday, August 4th, 10:00am – Noon

Ghlee Woodworth, Tour Guide

Meet on Hill Street at Highland Cemetery.
We begin at Highland Cemetery and say hello to a writer, a shipbuilder, and the first mayor of Newburyport. Our next stop is across the street at Old Hill Burying Ground to visit gravesites of clockmakers, one of the first bridge builders in the United States, and African Americans. We finish our tour at St. Paul’s Graveyard to hear from about the history of St. Anna’s Chapel, the church and some well known Newburyport citizens.

  Brown Square

Thursday, August 4th, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Ghlee Woodworth, Tour Guide

at the William Lloyd Garrison statue.
Brown Square is part of the Clipper Heritage Trail, a series of self-guided history tours of Newburyport. Learn about the 1800s history of Brown Square, Green Street, and City Hall.

  Plum Island Airport Open House

Saturday, August 6th, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Visit the museum and learn about the first test flights on Plum Island and view the model of the original airport and buildings.

  Piel Craftsmen

Saturday, August 6th, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Piel Craftsmen, 3½ Center Street across from Ten Center Street restaurant.
  Footsteps of Heroes: Newburyport’s Civil War Walking Tour

Saturday, August 6th, Noon – 1:30pm

Begins and ends in front of 57 State St. (Arthur Page Insurance Co) located at State and Pleasant Sts. (tour length ~ 90 min.)

  Plum Island Lighthouse Tour

Saturday, August 6th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Meet at the lighthouse at the northern tip of Plum Island.
Wear comfortable shoes. Climbing a steep ladder is required.

  Plum Island Clam Plant Open House

Saturday, August 6th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The Shellfish Purification Plant on Plum Island

-P. Preservationist


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