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Your Donation Counts!


The Marblehead Museum is supported entirely by membership and donations!

Each year the Marblehead Museum sends out an appeal for supporters to donate and support specific projects and/or sponsor events. The Marblehead Museum’s Annual Fund helps support a variety of ongoing projects, including Lee Mansion conservation, artifact & document preservation, educational outreach to local schools and a year-round historical lecture series. You now have direct access to your museum anywhere, anytime at

Every donation is valued and appreciated. Your support makes it happen. Thank you!

* Donations at the $250.00 amount and above include a complimentary Family/Dual membership.


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Marblehead Light: The Story of a New England Icon by Bill Conly

Marblehead Light Cover

Marblehead Light Cover

Marblehead Light: The Story of a New England Icon
by Bill Conly

Marblehead Light: The Story of a New England Icon required decades of research into the Light: its origins, its political history, and its physical qualities.  The result is a richly illustrated history that includes over 90 historical paintings, drawings, maps, and photos organized in ten chapters that cover the evolution of the lighthouse structures and technology as well as the people who built and maintained it.

Marblehead Light: The Story of a New England Icon is published by the Town of Marblehead Historical Commission and will be available in early October for $19.99 from many local shops, including Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, Arnould’s Gallery, Marblehead Museum Gift Shop, and Abbot Hall Gift Shop.  The book will also be available online through and All profits from the sale of the book will be used by the Historical Commission to preserve and promote Marblehead’s unique history.

Book Talk and Signing Events

Community leader, 12th generation Marbleheader, and longtime sailor Bill Conly presents the history of Marblehead Light, the subject of his book, Marblehead Light: The Story of a New England Icon. Bill’s presentation highlights the history of the town and the people who demanded, built, and have maintained the Light for seagoing merchants, mariners, and pleasure boaters and sailors for the past 183 years.

The presentation will last approximately an hour.  Evening presentations will be given on Oct. 12th and Nov. 8th, and an afternoon presentation will be given on Oct. 30th.

Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
Abbot Hall Auditorium
188 Washington St.
Marblehead, MA

Monday, Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m.
Marblehead Community Center, Council on Aging
10 Humphrey Street
Marblehead, MA 01945

 WednesdayNov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Abbot Library
235 Pleasant St.
Marblehead, MA 10945

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Spencer-Peirce Little Farm Field Trip


Our volunteers and Lee Mansion guides had a wonderful time visiting the Spencer-Peirce Little Farm in Newbury! What a wonderful home and site. We learned a lot about the connections the home has to Nathaniel Tracy (husband of Jeremiah Lee’s daughter, Mary).


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Posted in Education, Enrichment, Uncategorized, Volunteers

JLM Guides Visit the Pickering House


On February 16, Marblehead Museum staff and guides visited the Pickering House in Salem. We had a wonderful tour by Keith Trickett and really enjoyed learning the interesting history of the Pickering family.


Posted in Community, Uncategorized, Volunteers

New Acquisition: “Marbleheadopoly”


Board game, “Marbleheadopoly,” 1997. Marblehead Museum, 2016.007a-s.

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From decks of cards and a croquet set to an elaborately painted chess and backgammon board from the early 1800s, the Museum’s collection includes several different types of games. One of the newest additions to the collection is this “Marbleheadopoly” board game, a Monopoly-style game based on real estate transactions. The object of the game is to be the only player who does not become bankrupt. In addition to its gameplay references to Marblehead businesses, the game has another interesting Marblehead connection—it was produced to benefit the Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools, Inc. This example is the second version of “Marbleheadopoly” now held by the Museum, and makes a great addition to our collection documenting leisure and play in Marblehead.

Posted in Children and Families, Community, Uncategorized

Jeremiah and Martha Lee Document

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The Marblehead Museum was notified last winter about a document, signed by both Martha and Jeremiah Lee, that was available for sale. With the help of grants from the Society of Colonial Wars, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the General Society of Colonial Wars, the purchase was made. The deed, dated April 1, 1755, is for the sale of property in Marblehead, owned by the Lees. They sold a house, bordered southwesterly by Training Field Hill (now the site of Abbot Hall) to Israel Foster, also of Marblehead. The document is both printed, as an official form, and handwritten, and is typical of the period.

The acquisition is exciting because the Marblehead Museum has very little original material written by Lee. This has always been something of a mystery in itself, since Lee was one of the wealthiest men in the American colonies, owned 22 ships, and did business in many parts of the world. Where did all his correspondence and business papers go? The conjecture that Lee, who was deeply involved in clandestine Revolutionary War activities, told his wife to burn everything if he was ever caught by the Redcoats, seems to have validity. Lee was almost caught, near Lexington, on the same night that Paul Revere rode, in April of 1775. As a result of injury and illness, Lee was taken away to a secret location, where he died. Almost nothing remains of his papers, which is why this find has excited such interest. This is an important addition to the Marblehead Museum archives, adding another small piece of information about Martha and Jeremiah Lee, and life in colonial Marblehead.

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J.O.J. Boards For Sale!

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Purchase your very own set of custom-made, limited edition J.O.J. boards!

Each set includes four J.O.J. print bean bags & two J.O.J boards.

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 Call the Museum 781-631-1768 or email to order!

*Board sets are not tax-deductible.

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Wine and Paint Night

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Wed, Sept. 23 at 7pm: Mark your calendars!

Enjoy a glass of wine while painting your very own wooden fish! Local artist Katy Bratun will guide you through a J.O.J Frost-style scene or create your own design.

No experience necessary, just a relaxing evening of fun and friends!

$35/members, $45/non-members
Admission includes wine and all materials.

Please register online or call (781) 631-1768. Space is limited!

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Civil War Museum and G.A.R. Room Are Open!


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On Monday, May 25, the Civil War Museum and G.A.R Room opened for the season! Learn about the importance of the Civil War in shaping Marblehead history as you relive this critical time in our nation’s history through unique artifacts, photos and media.

Located on the second floor of the Old Town House. Click here for our 2015 schedule.

Posted in Civil War, Exhibits, Old Town House, Uncategorized

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Shop and Support the Marblehead Museum!


Thank you to everyone who supported the Marblehead Museum and our Spring Online Auction! We have more unique experiences and items up for bid soon, so stay tuned!


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