17th Century Saturdays on the North Shore

Learn about 17th century life on the North Shore & Essex County north of Boston

Essex county is home to an extraordinary collection of homes, buildings and artifacts from America's First Period (1625-1725) of European settlement. Explore these architectural treasures and discover what is was like to live in Essex County during America's first century.

Various properties are open to the public on the first Saturday of each month, June - October, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

The North of Boston region has more historic houses and structures built during America’s “First Period” of architecture (1625-1725) than any other region in the U.S. Easily recognized by such features as a steeply-pitched roof line, prominent central chimney and asymmetrical casement windows, First Period homes were built by early settlers who made their way north to expand the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Nearly 200 examples of these architecturally significant treasures, many of which are still privately owned, exist in Essex County.

17th Century Saturdays will highlight 29 of these buildings.

Macy-Colby House, c. 1654
257 Main Street
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

The Balch House, c. 1636
448 Cabot Street
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

The Hale Farm, c. 1694
39 Hale Street
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

Judge Samuel Holten House, c. 1670
171 Holten Street
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

Cape Ann Museum - The White-Ellery House, c. 1710
245 Washington Street
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace, c. 1688
305 Whittier Road
June, July, August, Sept

Paine House at Greenwood Farm, c. 1694
Jeffrey's Neck Road
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

Whipple House, c. 1677
1 South Village Green
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

17th Century Walking Tour 1629-1720
Beacon Street at Norman Street
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
June, July, Sept, Oct

Coffin House, c. 1678
14 High Road
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

Dole-Little House, c. 1715
289 High Road
June, Oct

Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, c. 1690
5 Little's Lane
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

Swett-Ilsley House, c. 1670
4 High Road
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

Old South Church, c. 1756
29 Federal Street

North Andover
North Andover Historical Society - Parson Barnard House, c. 1715
179 Osgood Street
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

Nathaniel Felton Jr. House, c. 1700
43 Felton Street
tours at 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - August & September

Gedney House, c. 1692
21 High Street
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

The House of Seven Gables, c. 1668
115 Derby Street
June, July, August, Sept

Narbonne House, c. 1675
71 Essex Street
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street/East India Square
A Point in Time - June, 1 p.m. only
John Ward House, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., tours at 11:30 a.m.

Salem in 1630 (Pioneer Village)
Forest River Park
July, August, Sept

The Witch House (Jonathan Corwin House)
310 Essex Street
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

Boardman House, c. 1692
17 Howard Street
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

Saugus Iron Works, c. 1646
244 Central Street
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

Claflin-Richards House (Wenham Museum), c. 1660
132 Main Street
978-468-2377 ext. 105
June, July, August, Sept, Oct

First Saturday of the month June - October 2014
North shore Nursery School NOW ENROLLING  FOR FALL 2020

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Sunday, June 20

Farmhouse Wood-Fired at Appleton Farms

Join the Trustees at Farmhouse Wood-Fired every Thursday through Sunday, throughout the summer and fall. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a perfect wood-fired dining experience surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Appleton Farms. The menu will change weekly, featuring local and...

Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Ready to try your hand at being a farmhand? Join us for our unique Family Farm Chores program held on Saturdays and Sundays! Get on your muck boots: your whole family will get to be farmers together! After learning all about our dairy herd, you can help care for baby chicks, feed our bunnies, visit...

Befriend the Barnyard

Befriend the Barnyard is a great chance to get close to our Appleton Farms stars in a relaxed and educational setting.
You’ve seen the cow herds in the fields—now, get ready to meet the animals in the barnyard! Befriend the Barnyard is a great chance to get close to our farm stars in a relaxed and educational setting. Our friendly barnyard staff will help you and your family approach and pet the livestock animals....

Newburyport Farmers' Market

Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, meat, dairy Newburyport
The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:00am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Magnolia Farmers Market

Come enjoy the Magnolia Farmers Market on Lexington Ave every Sunday!
The Magnolia Community Farmer’s Market will reopen in June of 2021 with a full line up of vendors, followers, entertainment and community purpose.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

North Andover Farmers' Market

North Andover Farmers Market every Sunday Through October 7, 2018.
The North Andover Farmers' Market brings local produce and foods to the heart of North Andover every Sunday!  The market will take place in the center of town at the intersection of First Street and Main Street.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Father's Day Bluegrass Bash

Cold Chocolate will perform at the Father's Day Bluegrass Bash at the Trustee's Stevens Coolidge Place
Join the The Trustees of Reservations and get outside with your family this Father’s Day and celebrate Dad at the Father’s Day Bluegrass Bash at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. Cool tunes, good food and family bonding in the garden – a perfect recipe for Fathers Day!
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Father's Day Sunset Sail

Enjoy a sunset sail with dad aboard the Schooner Thomas Lannon on Fathers Day!
Join us for a Father's Day Sunset Sail! Sit back with a beverage and enjoy the sunset, or help the crew raise the sails as we head out through Gloucester's scenic working waterfront.
6:30 pm