Beverly Port Marina - Beverly MA
Phil, Di and Annelise
Sat 14 Jul 2018 17:53
A lazy morning start with a Saturday brunch and no more preparations to do - a chance to take the afternoon off and visit nearby MarbleHead. The city has been claimed as the "birthplace of the American Navy" because of the number of ships and men that were involved in the Revolutionary War.
An iron lighthouse on Marblehead Point overlooks the rocky bay as sailing boats of all sizes enjoy the gentle offshore breeze.
The walking tour of the historic district takes in 18th century buildings - both modest and luxurious (and a few in need of restoration) - residential and by-gone commercial on every turn. Houses of bygone Captians, Boat-Builders, Ropemakers, Shoreman and others of all past trades. Echoes of the Colonial, Revolutionary and Federal periods abound. The Selectmen's Room (aka the town councilors) of Abbot Hall (c 1876) displays of the famous "spirit of 1776" painting. There is also Gerry Eldridge's birthplace home (c 1742) - signer of the Declaration of Independence and inventor of the politivally inspired mal apportionment of voting districts (hence the term "gerrymandering. The home (c 1762) of General John Glover - the first Marine general who evacuated George Washington's troops across the Delaware River. Lastly, Fort Sewall, established in 1644 - originally constructive of rough earthen barriers. Plenty to see and read along the tour!
A bayside meal in "The Barnacle" overlooking the bay full of boats, rounded off a most pleasant visit to Marblehead MA.
Phil and Di