Our Houses


Balch House

Through combinations of luck and foresight, the Balch House has survived while the hundreds of homes from the same era have fallen to progress or decay.

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Cabot House

The John Cabot House is a Georgian style mansion built in 1781 during the Revolutionary War, and it was the first brick mansion built in Beverly.

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Hale Farm

John Hale was born in Charlestown, MA in 1636 and came to Beverly to preach when it was still known as the “Bass River Side” of Salem.

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To collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate Beverly’s regional history

Historic Beverly has been preserving and caring for Beverly’s past since 1891 and the 1781 John Cabot House has been our headquarters since 1892, and is home to a collection of nearly a million objects and documents related to Beverly and the North Shore of Massachusetts

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Current Exhibits


Emerging from Salem's Shadow

After the tumultuous years of the second half of the 17th century, filled as they were with political upheaval, Indian wars, and culminating in the witchcraft crises of 1692, the new century must have seemed to local residents like entering a calm port.

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From Revolution to Republic

The tumultuous 40 years between 1775 and 1815 included years of war, epidemics, sacrifice and suffering. But they also saw the excitement of the birth of the new nation, with new opportunities both in politics and business.

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Beverly Bank: An Early American Bank, Est. 1802

Displaying original documents and artifacts, this exhibit uses the history of the bank, which began at the Cabot House, to explore the role of banks in the development of a strong financial system in the United States. The Cabots and their business associates used profits from their highly successful, global trading enterprise to invest in the building of key infrastructure, such as the bridge to Salem, in Beverly and throughout Massachusetts. Original records and physical evidence such as paint still extant in the room evoke an early nineteenth-century American bank.

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Memberships


Please help us continue these important programs by becoming a member of the Society. Your support will make a significant difference.

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Ways to Give


History grows with time and preservation needs increase as well. Please help us continue these programs by making a donation to our Annual Appeal

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Upcoming Events


January 5, 2018

In Pictures: the Photography Sensation

With the invention of photography in the late 1830s, it became possible for people of middle-class means to have portraits...

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January 19, 2018

Curators Talk for “In Pictures” exhibit

Abby Battis will give a gallery talk of the current photography exhibition and will discuss how the show came together,...

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January 25, 2018

From Daguerreotype to Instagram

Join Abby Battis for this lecture discussing the history of photography, specific photography mediums and the evolution of photography from...

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