Current Exhibits

The following exhibits are currently on view at the Cabot House

Opening June 7

Ryal Side Pride

The rich history of the Ryal Side neighborhood dates back to 1753 when the area finally broke from Salem. The landscape encompasses Salters and Fosters Point along with Ober Park. Bridge Street boasts the history of dozens of businesses past and present. The Ryal Side Pride exhibition will take you into the traditions and community-network of the neighborhood while exploring the past of this dynamic, community-minded area of the city. This is the second in a series of neighborhood exhibits produced by Historic Beverly as part of the annual summer exhibition calendar. On view through August 31, 2019.

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.Although religion remained an important aspect of colonial life, the power of the church in civic life was on the wane. Beverly’s economy remained focused on maritime trades and agriculture, but new trades emerged during the period. Clockmakers, cabinet makers, silversmiths and other artisans created objects for an emerging well-to-do class. A spirit of change and possibility emerged in the 18th century, with profound consequences for our local community and America.

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.

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.