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Historic West Newbury
Settled in 1642

West Newbury, a picturesque New England town bordering the Merrimack River is a quiet residential village now but at the time of its separation from Newbury in 1819, it was a bustling industrial center manufacturing boots and shoes, carriages and chaises and the first combs industry made in America.  In 1770, Enoch Noyes started the first comb industry and from that grew several comb shops and the invention of much of the machinery. 


Entering the town from the East, one crosses the Artichoke River and begins a very pleasant journey along the Main Street of West Newbury.


The first point of interest is All Saints Church built in 1912. The construction is similar to St. Nicholas' Church in England . Many of the carvings were executed by Kirschmayer of Oberammergau , Germany.


The property across the street, now owned by Richard Chase, was formerly the home of J. Appleton Brown, an artist of note. A short distance above the Chase house a marker shows the birthplace of renowned Greek Scholar Cornelius Conway Felton, born in 1807, and in 1860 was inaugurated as president of Harvard College.



Continuing westward to "Way to the River" is the First Parish Community Church whose parish dates back to 1686. It is said to have a Paul Revere bell.

West Newbury Spotlight:

Population: 4,299

Square Miles : 14.86

Tax rate fiscal 2008: $11.34

Government: Board of Selectmen / Town Meeting

Business Organizations: Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Pentucket Business Association

Churches: Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Congregational

Elder Services:  Council on Aging and Senior Center

Hospital and Health Services: Anna Jaques Hospital, Home Health VNA

Library: G.A.R. Memorial Library

Post Office: Full Service

Recreation: Mill Pond Recreation Area, Cammett Park, Action Cove Playground, Pipstave Hill athletic fields, riding ring

Schools: Page Elementary School, Pentucket Regional Middle School, Pentucket Regional High School Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School

Higher Learning: Essex Community College



Courtesy of The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce

PO. Box 303, Amesbury, MA 01913

(978) 388-3178


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