Past & Present

Past & Present

Indigenous Peoples Day A celebration and an education

In 2019, the Marblehead Indigenous Peoples Day Committee held its first Indigenous Peoples Day celebration intending to educate others and celebrate Indigenous people and their culture. Four years later, the town is continuing that goal. Marblehead’s fifth annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration was held at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion Gardens Monday, Oct. 9. The event […]

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Information Destination

The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Information Booth sits on the island known as Samuel Snow Square between Essex and Pleasant streets. The square is named after the last-surviving Civil War veteran in Marblehead, who died in 1944. “My father always told me he was the last,” booth staffer Phil Cash joked. Cash’s family can claim […]

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A Marblehead Marvel

Marblehead’s history is so vast it cannot be represented and recounted all in one location.  The Marblehead Museum is an independent, private nonprofit organization that preserves and presents the town’s history. Originally founded in 1898 as the Marblehead Historical Society, it now has three official sites, all with unique experiences to offer. Two of those […]

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History lives on at F. L. Woods

F. L. Woods wasn’t always in the clothing business. The oldest continuously operating store in town traces its roots back to 1935, and is deeply intertwined with Marblehead’s history as a maritime destination. When Fred L. Woods Jr. opened the store, it quickly became a destination for mariners after he was awarded the first U.S. […]

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Pam Peterson peels back the myths of Marblehead

From fables of pirates and haunted shores to soothsayers and witches, Historical Commission member and former Marblehead Historical Society Executive Director Pam Peterson knows her town’s past — real and fictional — inside and out. Long before she wrote “Marblehead Myths, Legends and Lore,” a tapestry of historical and mythological stories, Peterson kicked off her […]

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An eye for original

When Harriet Norman started Marblehead Antiques with her mother, Beverly, in 1975, she “knew nothing” about antiques, having just started college. But now, Norman, who runs the store by herself in the wake of her mother’s death, is a bonafide antiques expert and Marblehead Antiques is a Pleasant Street institution. Norman explains that Marblehead Antiques […]

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