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.

Recent Research:

William Follansbee house, West Newbury MA 254 Main St. W. Newbury, the William Follansbe house (c. 1720) - In the 19th Century, the William Follansbe house was associated with the W. Newbury comb industry, and was later the home of Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret Louise Coit Elwell.… Continue reading 254 Main St. W. Newbury, the William Follansbe house (c. 1720)


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

WNB.5, 26 Brickett St, r 1725

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

WNB.12, 37 Cherry Hill St, c 1760

4 Crane neck, West Newbury Ma: 1750

13 Crane Neck, West Newbury MA 1748

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

WNB.16, Hill House, 75 Crane Neck St, 1729
WNB.17 Hale, Thomas House 81 Crane Neck Rd West Newbury 1717
WNB.18, 93 Crane Neck St, r 1720
WNB.13 112 Crane Neck St West Newbury 1775-85
WNB.14, 147 Crane Neck St, c 1750
155 Crane neck, West Newbury MA: 1720
WNB.15, Sargent, Capt. John House, 175 Crane Neck St, 1701
WNB.123, Huse, John House, 2 Garden St, c 1729
12 Garden St., West Newbury Ma, 1770
WNB.22, Bartlett House, 86 Garden St, 1770
36 Georgetown Rd., West Newbury MA: 1771
WNB.31 Sawyer House 111 Indian Hill St West Newbury c 1700-1780
WNB.34, Spruce Lodge, 135 Indian Hill St, c 1730
WNB.38 68 Main St West Newbury c 1760-1826
WNB.40 Noyes, David House 78 Main St West Newbury 1710-1826
WNB.42, Jacques House, 87 Main St, c 1700
WNB.43, 102 Main St, c 1760
WNB.46, 124 Main St, c 1729
WNB.47, 127 Main St, r 1750
WNB.48, Bailey House, 139 Main St, 1750
WNB.49, Chase, Samuel House, 154 Main St, c 1715
WNB.52, 171 Main St, c 1700
WNB.53, 175 Main St, r 1750
WNB.54 Carleton, Joseph House 178 Main St West Newbury: 1752
WNB.56, 199 Main St, c 1760
WNB.62, Noyes, Enoch House, 220 Main St, r 1775
Noyes-J. Emory- Loring house, 238 Main St., West Newbury MA: 1746
WNB.67, Thomas Follansbee Jr. House, 262 Main St, 1729
WNB.70, Emery, John House, 279 Main St, 1729

360 Main St., WestNewbury, 1713

WNB.86, 369 Main St, c 1720

WNB.87, 386 Main St, 1710

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

WNB.94, 465 Main St, 1740

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 1725

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

WNB.100, 558 Main St, 1740

WNB.105, 614 Main St, 1775

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

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

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

WNB.111, 772 Main St, r 1775

WNB.112, 774 Main St, r 1775

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

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

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

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

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

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

WNB.142, 56 Maple St, 1760

13 Mechanic St., West Newbury MA 1725

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

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

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

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

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

WNB.156, 418 Middle St, c 1730

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

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

6 Pleasant St., 1690

8 Pleasant St., West Newbury, 1759

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

WNB.168, 71 Stewart St, c 1775

2 Training Field Rd. West Newbury MA, 1730

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

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

3 thoughts on “Colonial houses of West Newbury MA”

  1. Thomas Meady Chase house 224 Main St West Newbury, Ma , was one of the last working comb factories in the town. It was not included.


    1. Thank you for your reply and the correction! I grew up there and knew it was Greek Revival! I was caught up in the historic part and not paying attention to the style. Thanks for the link!

      On Tue, Jan 24, 2023, 3:32 PM 17th & 18th Century historic houses of the


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