Category Archives: Downtown

Fox in the Hen House

Have you ever wondered about the story behind the First Religious Society of Newburyport?     Recently, the church sponsored an absolutely well-documented history – but it only goes up to the American Revolution and then stops.       During that time covered by … Continue reading

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Now is the time to pick a new mayor!

If someone is going to be a viable opponent to Mayor ‘Bulldozer’ Holaday; they need to begin the process now.      It will be too late in the spring and a losing proposition in the summer/fall. This, of course, is obvious … Continue reading

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Don’t forget locals – First Friday Friends Social: Custom House

It is unfortunately a very large habit for locals to skiddadle out of town during Yankee Homecoming, not that they would be missed as downtown is indeed packed during this week.        But the First Friday Friends Social is largely designed for locals … Continue reading

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Tunnels: Part V – Transporting the ‘Product’

As indicated in previous posts on the tunnels, molasses was “black gold” to the early economy of Newburyport.    Though international trade and ship building was also important, it was the distilling of sugar into rum that was the foundation for Newburyport’s … Continue reading

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Historicity is a money-maker!!!!

“People come to Newburyport to be attracted by the historicity of the community… we want to continue that.” -Dick Sullivan, Sr, June 18, 2007, Renovators had rules to follow when rebuilding, Newburyport Daily News. I hate to be crude about … Continue reading

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It is the symbol of our city.

It has been the story of our city since the tragic fire of 1811, which by the way, was just the first of life-changing conflagrations that either steered the city into a new direction or killed a dream; or caused … Continue reading

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Check out Ipswich’s Garage!

Ipswich just south of us is not a big town (except geographically) but it may surprise you they have a parking garage that is close to the size the city is looking to install.     When you go to the train … Continue reading

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