NPT's Historic House Plaque Program
celebrates the preservation of our domestic architecture

The Newburyport Preservation Trust's Historic House Plaque Program continues to generate enthusiasm among historic homeowners. The program provides owners of the many hundreds of historic homes in Newburyport with the opportunity to proudly identify their house with a plaque that indicates the original owner/builder, their occupation (if known), and date. Central to the program, and of particular historical value, is the verification of dates, names, and facts by experienced researchers. Dedicated stewards of Newburyport's older homes can begin to learn the factual background of their home, and showcase their stewardship with a plaque validated by the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

To see a summary and selected photos of homes in the Historic House Plaque Program, click here.

If you are an owner/steward of a historic house in Newburyport and are interested in a historic house plaque for your home, read the application form here. The application form, in downloadable and printable PDF format, consists of program information; a documentation checklist; criteria, fees, and process; and a one-page application to be filled out and submitted by postal mail (Newburyport Preservation Trust, Historic House Plaque Program, P. O. Box 184, Newburyport, MA 01950).The total fee for the research and official NPT plaque is $1,000, which may be paid in three installments. A deposit of $150 is required at the first meeting. At the conclusion of the process, along with the historic house plaque, the homeowner receives a "chain-of-title" packet, copies of all deeds associated with the address, and a research summary.

Since the program's inception in 2014, research has been completed and plaques mounted on a growing number of historic homes. Research continues on current applications received from eager participants. NPT's Historic House Plaque Program seeks to encourage appreciation of Newburyport's broad range of domestic architecture, educate residents and visitors about the architectural styles throughout our neighborhoods, endorse thorough research and documentation of evidence, and introduce consistency in Newburyport's historic house signs.

To view, print, or download a chronological list of homes in the Historic House Plaque Program to date, along with selected photos, click here.

Locals and visitors alike who venture off the beaten path of the downtown, and stroll Newburyport's residential neighborhoods, will notice homes here-and-there that already have a historic house marker. Some are very well-worn, and for some, the research that beget them in the first place is long-gone. The Newburyport Preservation Trust Historic House Plaque Program, with rigorous research and verification at its core, raises the bar for such markers, and in doing so fosters appreciation for the authenticity of our historic neighborhoods. If you have one of Newburyport's cherished older homes, read more about NPT's Historic House Plaque Program here, and encourage appreciation of Newburyport's domestic architecture by applying for a plaque for your home.

Important note: The Newburyport Preservation Trust Historic House Plaque Program celebrates the preservation of our domestic architecture. The program reserves the right to reject any application. An application may be rejected in cases where substantial historic material has been removed from the house, thereby not meeting the goal of preservation as determined by the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

See an interactive map of NPT's Historic House Plaques

Now you can browse this interactive color-coded map of NPT's growing number of Historic House Plaques. Just click on the blue link to the map and you can scroll, zoom, sort, and read the plaque information to your heart's content. The color legend at the interactive map link indicates the plaque-recipient houses by century, and also notes NPT house research in progress. We'll do our best to update the map to keep pace with the growing number of historic house homeowners joining the program.

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