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January/February 2013

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ne Amesbury 900 newspapers, and the artist has close ties to Amesbury. Capp married a local woman, Catherine Wingate Cameron, and lived nearby; the couple is buried in Mt. Prospect Cemetery on Elm Street. (Fun fact: Capp created Sadie Hawkins Day, ���a pseudo-holiday when girls chase boys,��� according to a plaque at the Al Capp Amphitheater in the mill yard.) Here���s another bit of Amesbury trivia you will discover by poking around a bit: The city was once famous for hats. Tucked away in a corner of the Salisbury Point Railroad Historical Society Display at 9 Water Street is ���The Hattery,��� a sampling of high-fashion headgear created by the Merrimac Hat Factory. This local business was the largest maker of hats in the U.S. in 1946, ultimately closing its doors in 1971 after hats had fallen out of fashion. One of Amebury���s major trades, boat building, continues to this day. Lowell���s Boat Shop, founded in 1793, is the oldest continually operating boat shop in the country. Even now, skilled craftsmen build dories and skiffs that were once the mainstay of New England���s fishing industry and are still used today by Gloucester fishermen. Located on the banks of the Merrimack River, Lowell���s Boat Shop is a working museum and national landmark, dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the craft of wooden boat building. Guided tours, workshops, and events are offered throughout the year. Of course, what made all these industries run was water. Although Amesbury isn���t on the coast, there���s plenty of water here: There are three public lakes in the area, and the Merrimack and Powwow rivers wind through the city. The Pow- The Details Date of Settlement: 1642. Date of Incorporation: 1668. Zip code: 01913. Population: 16,283. Total area: 13.7 sq. miles. Median household income: $66,267. Schools: Amesbury Elementary School, Cashman Elementary School, Amesbury Middle School, Amesbury High School, Amesbury Academy Charter Public High School, Sparhawk School (a private school for grades K-12). Notable residents: Josiah Bartlett, signer of the Declaration of Independence/first governor of NH; Nathaniel Currier, lithographer; Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science; Robert Frost, poet; Susannah North Martin, victim of Salem Witch Trials; John Greenleaf Whittier, poet/editor/abolitionist. Real Estate median Price: $245,000, 15 Kimball Rd., 3 beds/ 1 bath, 1,268 square feet Agent: Curtis Wollitz, Stone Ridge Properties high end Price: $630,000, 367 Main St., 3 beds/2.5 baths, 2,660 square feet Agent: Jack Mahoney, Stone Ridge Properties 50 January/February 2013 50,51_REV_NSJanFeb13_NE_Amesbury.indd 50 11/26/12 2:15 PM

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