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Essex County, Massachusetts
Chamber of Commerce.
Here is a map page for Newburyport.
Shipbuilding was one of the most important and profitable trades making Newburyport known as the home of the Clipper Ship. For more historical information see the official website for Newburyport at: http://Newburyport.net/Seaport.html
A history page for Newburyport.
The area was settled in the 1630's by European immigrants who founded the city of Newbury. The port for the town focused on fishing and trading while the rest of the area centered in agriculture. In 1764, the port area broke away from Newbury to form Newburyport.
A disastrous fire swept through the downtown area in 1811, resulting in an economic downturn which was aided by the trding policies and embargoes associated with the War of 1812. The national financial panic of 1816 enhanced the economic problems of the area. Nevertheless, Newburyport continued to grow. In 1851, parts of Newbury were annexed and Newburyport was incorporated as a city. About this same time, steam powered mills enabled the economy of the town to greatly improve.
Good history page with references all the way back into the 1600's!
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Great pictures of Newburyport.
Learn more about Newburyport at this informative site.
Custom House Maritime Museum
25 Water Street
Phone: (978) 462-8681
This museum, exhibiting artifacts of the maritime history of the area, is housed in the 1835 granite Custom House, which has been restored. Admission is charged. Please call for details.
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