Newburyport Preservation Week

The signature event of the Newburyport Preservation Trust is Newburyport Preservation Week every spring, featuring a varied program of illustrated lectures, architectural tours, social events, and a closing reception to present the Newburyport Preservation Trust's annual Preservation  Awards.

Preservation Week 2020 cancelled
as preservation of public health prevails

In the interest of public health during the COVID-19 crisis, the Newburyport Preservation Trust has cancelled Preservation Week 2020 events previously scheduled for May 15-17. Presentations, tours, and programs in development for this year's Preservation Week will continue to be refined for presentation in May 2021.

The theme for 2020 (and now 2021) is "The Mills of Newburyport: The Dream That Ran Out of Steam." The topic encompasses not only the architecture of the city’s mill buildings past and present, but also the interwoven histories of steam mill technology, entrepreneurial speculation, immigrant labor, growth of worker neighborhoods, changes in use through the years, and more recent preservation projects

While you're squirming with anticipation as our planning continues for the next Preservation Week in 2021, you can still read about Preservation Week 2019, which also turned the spotlight on the worker neighborhoods of modest homes mentioned above.

Preservation Week 2019

Small Houses --- Big History
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, May 17-19, 2019

Preservation Week 2019, "Small Houses - Big History," turned the spotlight
on Newburyport's smaller footprint homes in the National Register Historic District, how they fit into the city's history, and how they contribute to neighborhood ambience.

In case you missed Preservation Week, below is the schedule of 2019 activities. You can also still view, print, and collect(!) this year's Preservation Week flyer.


Keynote Speaker:

"Beyond Brick and Mortar: Preserving a Sense of Place"

Chris Scoville, Boston Preservation Alliance.

St. Anna’s Chapel of St. Paul’s Church

166 High Street, Newburyport

7:00 p.m.

This year’s Preservation Week keynote speaker is Chris Scoville, board chairman of the Boston Preservation Alliance. His presentation --- and conversation --- considers the important contributions small houses make to the aesthetics, affordability, and ambiance of a community, and about the social values and dynamics that create and sustain a sense of place. As board chairman of the Boston Preservation Alliance, Chris leads a nonprofit organization that brings people and organizations together to protect historic resources and influence the future of Boston’s historic buildings, landscapes, and communities. He is Senior Vice President of Community Development Lending at Eastern Bank, and also serves on the board of Homeowners’ Rehab, Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer.

Admission: Free (Reception follows).


Ships on State: A Nautical-Themed Family Scavenger Hunt

Meet at the compass at Market Square,


10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

From the compass at Market Square, we will navigate up State Street and through the South End, led by a series of rhyming clues to the final prize. This is a family event that will be especially fun for elementary-aged kids accompanied by history-loving grownups who can help decipher the clues and cheer the kids on to the finish line --- where refreshments and prizes await!

Admission: Free.

Walking Tour:

Small Houses --- Big History ... in the North End

Park and meet at the north end

of Cushing Park, Kent Street, Newburyport.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join us for a history-packed architectural walking tour of neighborhoods in Newburyport’s North End. Acres of homes throughout the city’s National Register Historic District were built in the mid-19th century to house the growing population of mill worker families. Since then, adaptation has enabled these compact structures to continue serving as fully functional homes in the 21st-century. Tour leader is author and museum/history professional Reg Bacon, who will walk, talk, gesture, point, and perhaps even pirouette at the same time --- so prepare to step lively.

Admission: Free.

Open House & Sash Revival:

Workshop Tour & Demonstrations

at Window Woman of New England

44R Elm Street, Amesbury

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tour the workshop; watch demonstrations of window glazing, glass cutting, stained glass creation, and blacksmithing; and enjoy food and music at Window Woman of New England’s Open House.

Admission: Free.


Powder House Park & Learning Center

Godfrey’s Hill

57 Low Street, Newburyport

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a tour of the restored 1822 Powder House, which opened in fall 2012 after nine years of planning, research, and restoration. Discover a unique part of Newburyport history at this nationally recognized recipient of an Award of Merit from the American Association for State & Local History.

Admission: Free.


Chris Walton Band

A Fund-Raiser for NPT’s Youth Initiative

St. Paul’s Church

166 High Street, Newburyport

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The music of the future meets the architecture of the past when the vibrations of this fun-loving five-piece rock and rhythm-‘n’-blues group tune up the ancient Rockport granite of St. Paul’s Church. Don’t miss the chance to see The Chris Walton Band, from Berklee College of Music, before they hit L.A., New York, and Nashville. Iowa native Chris Walton is a singer-songwriter --- and classically-trained pianist and cellist --- who blends soul, blues, and pop in the vein of John Mayer. This band’s name will surface many times in the years ahead, so see them this time and you’ll be able to say: "I saw them in Newburyport!" This concert is a fund-raiser for NPT’s Youth Initiative, and is made possible through a grant from the Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation.

Admission: $22.00 in advance at Eventbrite (;

or $25.00 at the door (cash or check only).

(Sponsored by the Institution for Savings)


Walking Tour & Interior House Tours:

Small Houses --- Big History ... in the South End

Meet at 9 Madison Street, Newburyport

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Join preservation architect and Newburyport Preservation Trust founder Linda Miller for a brief architectural walking tour of the South End ... and --- thanks to the generosity of three NPT members and small-house homeowners --- enjoy interior tours of historic homes on Madison, Marlboro, & Union Sts.

Admission: $50.00 donation

(limit 15; advance online registration only at the NPT "Events" page.

2019 Preservation Awards:

Presentation & Reception

Custom House Maritime Museum

25 Water Street, Newburyport

4:30 p.m. reception,

followed by awards ceremony.

Every Preservation Week, the Newburyport Preservation Trust recognizes the finest preservation efforts across the city during the past 12 months. Join us for the celebration!

Admission: Free. (Preservation Trust members and guests only, and Custom House Maritime Museum members only.)

Preservation Week is an annual community-wide event sponsored by the Newburyport Preservation Trust to celebrate Newburyport’s historic character and unique architectural legacy. We thank this year’s Preservation Week Partners: the Institution for Savings (for generous sponsorship of NPT’s youth program initiatives), St. Paul’s Church, the Custom House Maritime Museum, and Window Woman of New England.

The Newburyport Preservation Trust was formed to raise public awareness and to advocate for local historic preservation, and is an all-volunteer, registered 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Join us! Consider yourself invited!

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