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Cummings Center Walking Tour II

Cummings Center Elliott Street, Beverly, MA, United States

This tour of the Cummings Center and the history of the United Shoe Machinery Company picks up where our first Cummings Center tour left off. A general overview and review of the first tour will be offered as an introduction then various topics such as immigration, the life of a USMC worker and life after […]

First Friday: Behind the Scenes of “Set at Liberty”

Cabot House 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA, United States

Our monthly lunch talk will highlight our online exhibit Set at Liberty which examines the history of enslaved people in Beverly. The exhibit features several stories of enslaved individuals who lived in Beverly as well as the growth of abolitionism. A rare behind-the-scenes opportunity to see some of the documents that pertain to these individuals […]

Washington Street Virtual Walking Tour

Join us for a virtual stroll down Washington Street where we’ll learn a little about the early days of Beverly, and talk about the lives of several of the occupants of houses found on this street. We’ll also be discussing the various different styles of architecture found along the street. House construction on Washington Street […]


Live Spotlight Tours

Live Spotlight Tours are offered twice weekly while the Cabot House is closed. Please see our Facebook page for details on topics. Previously recorded tours are available on our Youtube page.  Spotlight Tours are free to all; join us here

“The Story of the Revolution” in Beverly: The Artists

This Facebook live event is a guide tour of our current exhibit. Join curator Abby Battis for a walk through the exhibit space and a discussion of the artists who created the paintings for Henry Cabot Lodge's book on the Revolution. Free on our Facebook page.


“Story of the Revolution” in Beverly Final Weeks

Cabot House 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA, United States

Once in a lifetime opportunity! In 1898, Henry Cabot Lodge published his book, “The Story of the Revolution” in which he tells the history of the Revolution War. For this rich, scholarly two volume book, Lodge commissioned a handful of artists to create images that would reflect the visual content for specific passages in the […]



Spotlight Tour: Cabot House Parlor

The John Cabot House is a Georgian style mansion built in 1781 during the Revolutionary War; it was the first brick mansion built in Beverly. The wealth of the Cabot family is reflected in the architecture of the house, the beautifully carved paneling, and decorations such as the Dutch tiles surrounding the fireplace in the […]

What’s in a Name? Virtual Program

Baker Avenue, Thorndike Street, Winslow Road; they may be familiar travel routes in and around Beverly but do you know where Beverly got its street names? Join us for this virtual lecture to connect street names with the Beverly citizen that it was named after. This lecture will cover a lot of history but will […]


Spotlight Talk: Balch Archaeology

October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month so we are focusing our Spotlight on the Balch house archaeology excavation of 1998. In this Spotlight Talk we will explore why the dig was performed, we will see some of the artifacts unearthed from the property and we will take a peek inside our newest online exhibit, “Balch Family […]

The Great Awakening in Beverly

The Disestablishment of the First Parish Church with Charlie Wainwright The story of disestablishment in Massachusetts is often characterized as a struggle for the separation of church and state, waged between religious intellectuals, and punctuated by heroic legal battles in towns like Sandwich and Dedham. But the death of Beverly’s First Parish was not the […]

Free – $10.00


Spotlight Talk: Set at Liberty

It has been 2 years now since launching our first online exhibit, “Set at Liberty: Stories of the Enslaved in a New England Town” and it is still receiving rave reviews. Tune into this Talk to learn about how the exhibit was created, the history found in the objects, and the stories that needed to […]

Old Planter’s Path Walking Tour

Explore the area that was known as the Bass River Side where the five “Old Planters” (Conant, Balch, Trask, Woodberry & Palfrey) received a “Thousand Acre Grant” in 1635. During this walk we will visit sites that have connections to these families and how they helped shape Beverly as we know it today. 1.6 miles […]

Free – $10.00