Colonial-era houses of West Newbury

Colonial houses of West Newbury MA

The town of West Newbury provides the following history: West Newbury’s history as a town began in 1635 when 23 men and their families, all from England, sailed through Plum Island Sound and up the Parker River, landing in Newbury. As more settlers arrived and families increased, land in Newbury became scarce, and some people moved westward to the “upper woods” beyond the Artichoke River.

The town granted large parcels of land to early settlers: in 1638, 300 acres to Edward Rawson; in 1644, 80 acres to John Emery; in 1659, 103 acres to Francis Browne, all around the Artichoke River. In 1663, Capt. William Gerrish was granted 260 acres at the Groveland line. What was referred to as the “first division of lots” occurred in 1686, parceling out the remaining land between the Bradford Road and the Merrimack River, from the land of Emery to that of Gerrish. The rest of what became West Newbury was granted to settlers in five subsequent divisions.

The area that became West Newbury was primarily a farming community until the late 1700s. Enoch Noyes began making horn buttons and coarse combs in 1759 at his home near 127 Main Street, and by the 1830s and 1840s there were 32 comb shops in town. Another local industry was shoe-making, which began with farmers making shoes for their families in little shops on their farms. Later large shoe shops were started, and West Newbury in 1875 was a booming industrial town with over 2,000 people and doing a half million dollars’ worth of business a year. There were three large comb factories and seven shoe factories.

In 1819 West Newbury finally became a separate town from Newbury, after years of petitioning the General Court of Massachusetts for that privilege, having received decades of opposition from the Town of Newbury. The following list of West Newbury homes built before the Revolutionary War was created by Gordon Harris.

  • The linked descriptions below are provide by MACRIS and the West Newbury Historical Commission. On the MACRIS page, click on the INV link to download a PDF history of the house and the families who lived there.
  • Photos are from the West Newbury Patriot Properties site, as well as the dates of construction for those not documented on the MACRIS site.
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WNB.1, Merrill, Abel House, 114 Ash St, r 1725

WNB.1, Merrill, Abel House, 114 Ash St, r 1725

WNB.5, 26 Brickett St, r 1725

WNB.5, 26 Brickett St, r 172533 Brown's Lane, West Newbury MA

WNB.9 Rogers, A. House 33 Brown’s Ln West Newbury c 1767-80

WNB.12, 37 Cherry Hill St, c 1760

WNB.12, 37 Cherry Hill St, c 1760

4 Crane neck, West Newbury Ma: 1750

4 Crane neck, West Newbury Ma: 1750

13 Crane Neck, West Stockbridge MA 1748

13 Crane Neck, West Newbury MA 1748

Historic house in West Newbury MA

WNB.17, Hale, Thomas House, 81 Crane Neck Rd, 1717

75_crane_neckWNB.16, Hill House, 75 Crane Neck St, 1729

81 Crane Neck, West Newbury MA, 1717

WNB.17 Hale, Thomas House 81 Crane Neck Rd West Newbury 1717

WNB.18, 93 Crane Neck St, r 1720

WNB.18, 93 Crane Neck St, r 1720

112 Crane Neck, West Newbury MA: 1775

WNB.13 112 Crane Neck St West Newbury 1775-85

WNB.14, 147 Crane Neck St, c 1750

WNB.14, 147 Crane Neck St, c 1750

155 Crane neck, West Newbury MA: 1720

155 Crane neck, West Newbury MA: 1720

WNB.15, Sargent, Capt. John House, 175 Crane Neck St, 1701

WNB.15, Sargent, Capt. John House, 175 Crane Neck St, 1701

WNB.123, Huse, John House, 2 Garden St, c 1729

WNB.123, Huse, John House, 2 Garden St, c 1729

12 Garden St., West Newbury Ma, 1770

12 Garden St., West Newbury Ma, 1770

WNB.22, Bartlett House, 86 Garden St, 1770

WNB.22, Bartlett House, 86 Garden St, 1770

36 Georgetown Rd., West Newbury MA: 1771

36 Georgetown Rd., West Newbury MA: 1771

111 Indian Hilll, West Newbury MA 1700

WNB.31 Sawyer House 111 Indian Hill St West Newbury c 1700-1780

135 Indian Hill, West Newbury

WNB.34, Spruce Lodge, 135 Indian Hill St, c 1730

68 Main St., West Newbury MA, 1760

WNB.38 68 Main St West Newbury c 1760-1826

84 Man St., West Stockbridge MA, 1710

WNB.40 Noyes, David House 78 Main St West Newbury 1710-1826

WNB.42, Jacques House, 87 Main St, c 1700,

WNB.42, Jacques House, 87 Main St, c 1700

WNB.43, 102 Main St, c 1760

WNB.43, 102 Main St, c 1760

WNB.46, 124 Main St, c 1729

WNB.46, 124 Main St, c 1729

Historic house in West Newbury MA

WNB.47, 127 Main St, r 1750

WNB.48, Bailey House, 139 Main St, 1750

WNB.48, Bailey House, 139 Main St, 1750

WNB.49, Chase, Samuel House, 154 Main St, c 1715

WNB.49, Chase, Samuel House, 154 Main St, c 1715

WNB.52, 171 Main St, c 1700

WNB.52, 171 Main St, c 1700

WNB.53, 175 Main St, r 1750

WNB.53, 175 Main St, r 1750

178 Main St., West Newbury MA: 1752

WNB.54 Carleton, Joseph House 178 Main St West Newbury: 1752

WNB.56, 199 Main St, c 1760

WNB.56, 199 Main St, c 1760

WNB.62, Noyes, Enoch House, 220 Main St, r 1775

WNB.62, Noyes, Enoch House, 220 Main St, r 1775

238 Main St., West Newbury MA: 1746

238 Main St., West Newbury MA: 1746

254 Main St., West Newbury Ma: 1720

254 Main St., West Newbury Ma: 1720

WNB.67, Follansbee House, 262 Main St, 1729

WNB.67, Follansbee House, 262 Main St, 1729

Historic house in West Newbury MA

WNB.70, Emery, John House, 279 Main St, 1729

WNB.85, 356 Main St, 1745

WNB.85, 356 Main St, 1745

360 Main St., West Stockbridge, 1713

360 Main St., WestNewbury, 1713

WNB.86, 369 Main St, c 1720

WNB.86, 369 Main St, c 1720

WNB.87, 386 Main St, 1710

WNB.87, 386 Main St, 1710

WNB.93, March, Samuel House, 444 Main St, c 169

WNB.93, March, Samuel House, 444 Main St, c 1690

WNB.94, 465 Main St, 1740

WNB.94, 465 Main St, 1740

Historic house in West Newbury MA

WNB.96, Sawyer, Dr. Enoch Jr. House, 476 Main St, c 1760

WNB.96, Sawyer, Dr. Enoch Jr. House, 476 Main St, c 1760

WNB.176, Carr, John House, 495 Main St, 1729

WNB.181, Chase, John House, 503 Main St, c 172

WNB.181, Chase, John House, 503 Main St, c 1725

WNB.183, Chace, John House, 505 Main St, 1699

WNB.183, Chace, John House, 505 Main St, 1699

WNB.100, 558 Main St, 1740

WNB.100, 558 Main St, 1740

WNB.105, 614 Main St, 1775

WNB.105, 614 Main St, 1775

Historic house in West Newbury MA

WNB.108, Morse, Timothy House, 628 Main St, c 1730

WNB.109, Tufts, Rev. John House, 750 Main St, c 1714

WNB.109, Tufts, Rev. John House, 750 Main St, c 1714

760 Main St., West newbury MA: 1742

760 Main St., West newbury MA: 1742-1792

111 Indian Hilll, West Newbury MA 1700

WNB.111, 772 Main St, r 1775

WNB.112, 774 Main St, r 1775

WNB.112, 774 Main St, r 1775

WNB.113, Greenleaf, Capt. Jonathan House, 796 Main St, c 1729

WNB.113, Greenleaf, Capt. Jonathan House, 796 Main St, c 1729

WNB.114, Greenleaf, Tristram - Greenleaf, Edmund House, 800 Main St, r 1750

WNB.114, Greenleaf, Tristram – Greenleaf, Edmund House, 800 Main St, r 1750

WNB.115, Moody, Caleb II Paint and Harness Shop, 801 Main St, r 1700

WNB.115, Moody, Caleb II Paint and Harness Shop, 801 Main St, r 1700

WNB.116, Moody, Caleb House, 803 Main St, 1658

WNB.116, Moody, Caleb House, 803 Main St, 1658

810_main_west_newbury

WNB.118, Huse, Thomas House, 810 Main St, c 1680

WNB.119, Richardson, William House, 820 Main St, c 172

WNB.119, Richardson, William House, 820 Main St, c 1729

WNB.126, Huse, Abel House, 901 Main St, c 1729

WNB.126, Huse, Abel House, 901 Main St, c 1729

WNB.127, Huse, Richard House, 905 Main St, 172

WNB.127, Huse, Richard House, 905 Main St, 1724

WNB.142, 56 Maple St, 1760

WNB.142, 56 Maple St, 1760

13 Mechanic St., West Newbury MA 1725

13 Mechanic St., West Newbury MA 1725

WNB.147, Johnson, Rev. William House, 38 Meetinghouse Hill Rd, r 1775

WNB.147, Johnson, Rev. William House, 38 Meetinghouse Hill Rd, r 1775

WNB.148, Hale House, 157 Middle St, 1729

WNB.148, Hale House, 157 Middle St, 1729

WNB.149, Bartlett, Richard House, 162 Middle St, 1726

WNB.149, Bartlett, Richard House, 162 Middle St, 1726

WNB.154, Pilsbury, Joseph House, 374 Middle St, c 1729

WNB.154, Pilsbury, Joseph House, 374 Middle St, c 1729

WNB.155, Davis, Nathaniel House, 406 Middle St, c 1750

WNB.155, Davis, Nathaniel House, 406 Middle St, c 1750

WNB.156, 418 Middle St, c 1730

WNB.156, 418 Middle St, c 1730

WNB.157, Chase, Thomas House, 5 Moulton St, 1731

WNB.157, Chase, Thomas House, 5 Moulton St, 1731

102 Moulton St., West Stockbridge, 1729

102 Moulton St., West Newbury MA, 1729 (WNB.187). Located opposite the intersection with Brickett St.

6 Pleasant St., 1690

6 Pleasant St., 1690

8 Pleasant St., West Newbury, 1759

8 Pleasant St., West Newbury, 1759

9 Pleasant St., West Newbury MA 1740

WNB.158 Marshall, John House 9 Pleasant St West Newbury 1740-1828

Historic house in West Newbury MA

WNB.168, 71 Stewart St, c 1775

2 Training Field Rd. West Newbury MA, 1730

2 Training Field Rd. West Newbury MA, 1730

WNB.180, Bailey House, 8 Training Field Rd, c 1700

WNB.180, Bailey House, 8 Training Field Rd, c 1700

10 Training Field Rd., West Newbury MA, 1720

WNB.182 Pillsbury, Alfred House 10 Training Field Rd West Newbury c 1720

WNB.188, Brown, R. L. – Arrowhead Farm, 135 Turkey Hill Rd, c 1760

11 Worths Lane, West Newbury MA 1726

11 Worths Lane, West Newbury MA 1726

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