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The Spirit of '76, historic houses, a good selection of shops and restaurants, and of course fine views of the harbor, the sea and sleek yachts.





Abbot Hall & Spirit of '76

Every American has seen a photo of Archibald M Willard's famous painting The Spirit of '76 (1876) of the wounded fife-player, the drummer and drummer-boy marching to battle with Old Glory waving behind them. Don't miss seeing it for real, in Marblehead's Abbot Hall. More...

Old Town

Historic Marblehead, gathered around the harbor, has narrow, winding streets lined with quaint and noble houses, cafes, chowder eateries and shops. This is the Marblehead you come to see.

The Waterfront & Crocker Park

After a walk in the "downtown" part of Old Town, make your way down to the waterfront and Crocker Park, on a hill at the western end of Front Street.

Relax on one of the benches and admire the panoramic view of the harbor and the town. Bring or buy a sandwich, and have a picnic here. The view is unforgettable.

Fort Sewall

From Crocker Park, walk east along Front Street, past its little restaurants, boatyards, and houses built on the rocks, to Fort Sewall, an earthwork fortification built in the 1600s and "modernized" in the late 1700s to include barracks and half-buried buildings, which still remain.

Fort Sewall is right at the mouth of the harbor and offers a commanding view of the water and of Marblehead Neck, at the other side of the harbor's mouth, dominated by a light.

This is another good picnic place, and it's great for children, who will love playing within the fort (where there is little risk of falling into the water).

Fountain Park & Old Burial Hill

When you're ready to leave Fort Sewall, walk back along Front Street, turn right on Franklin, then right again on Orne Street to get to Fountain Park and Old Burial Hill, where the town's first church meetinghouse was built (it's gone now) and where ancient gravestones mark the places of many of Marblehead's earliest inhabitants and Revolutionary War dead. Orne Street east of Fountain Park leads to the beach.

Jeremiah Lee Mansion

The mansion, now owned by the Marblehead Historical Society, was built by a wealthy maritime merchant and furnished with the best things money could buy in 1768—just before the American Revolution. More...

King-Hooper Mansion

Built in 1728, with a Georgian extension added in 1747, it is presently owned by the Marblehead Arts Association, which offers tours of four floors. Art exhibits change each month. More...

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Spirit of 76, Marblehead MA

Above, young history buffs come to see
The Spirit of '76 in Abbot Hall.





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