This is the Town Hall. It's been around for a very long time, and is now in large part a museum, containing all kinds of relics from when Marblehead was a fishing town. It also contains the deed to Marblehead from the Nanepashemet tribe (1684). But it still operates as the Town Hall, and the selectmen still meet on the first floor. Hanging on the wall of the room where they meet is the original Spirit of '76.
Old Town House
From the plaque:
"Built by the citizens of Marblehead as the center for their town government, it is a rare example of a public building in continual use since colonial days. Its history is inseparable from the growth of this famous seaport and the evolution of the American revolution and the founding of the nation."
The house was built in 1727. Have a look at all the old stuff within. Also, if you care to, check out the Marblehead police museum in the basement.
Jeremiah Lee Mansion
Jeremiah Lee--at his time one of the richest people in the state--had this mansion built for him in 1768. It basically hasn't changed since then. Pretty much everything there is the original. If you're a regular tourist, you'll appreciate how nice it looks. If you've got an eye for these kinds of things, you'll note the original hand-painted wallpaper, and the furniture by Boston, Salem and Marblehead craftsmen. See what else you can spot.
Here's a shot of one the bunkers at the Sewall Fort. There's a beautiful Bed and Breakfast right next to it. You could stay there and experience a bit of Massachusetts history and enjoy the spectacular coastal view.
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Nice to look at. And great to sail from, if you have a friend with a yacht. And if you have a friend in Marblehead, that's likely to be the case.
Marblehead Neck Bird Sanctuary
Basically a nice little wooded area about which even many locals don't know. A lot of birds here, and a nice pond where you'll spot turtles if you watch carefully.
Beautiful Atlantic Coast
Sure, New England water is for the most part, way to cold to actually enjoy swimming in. (For someone who grew up swimming off Long Island, at least!) But you can't deny how beautiful it is!
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