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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Historic Beverly’s mission is to share Beverly’s history with everyone through our collections which encompass 3 houses, 5 centuries and thousands of stories

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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From Farms to Gold

Beverly Farms is a little village in the north east corner of Beverly which was known for its long green fields and deep woods. The land in the Farms was used for farming for over 200 years because of its fertile soil. Over time that farmland changed into an affluent waterfront neighborhood filled with grand houses and gardens making it a summer respite for many along Beverly’s old coastal shore, with the moniker “Beverly’s Gold Coast.”

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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


October 1, 2018

Balch Thanksgiving Raffle

The Balch Raffle is on!  The Grand Prize is a wonderful fireside dinner for 6 at the historic Balch House,...

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October 16, 2018

Spotlight Tour: Joanna Lovett Gravestone

Join us for a discussion of Abbott St. cemetery and how this stone ended up in Historic Beverly’s collection. Spotlight...

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October 17, 2018

Spotlight Tour: Joshua Fisher Medicine Chest

What happened if you got sick at sea during the eighteenth century? Stop by the Cabot House and learn about...

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