NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 9, 2012

Whittier Home Museum open house set


Newburyport Daily News

---- — AMESBURY — Enjoy an afternoon of music and refreshments at the annual Whittier Home Community Open House on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. The gift shop will be open for purchases.

Located at 86 Friend St., the Whittier Home Museum has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and one of the “Amesbury Treasures.” Saturday tours officially ended for the season on Oct. 27, but special tours may be arranged by calling the home at 978-388-1337.

Hundreds of visitors have been received this year, including 80 Timberlane High School students and visitors from all over the country, said Dawn Bennett, chair of Docents and Tours. Just this past weekend a Quaker family from Whittier, California, toured the museum.

“Visitors are drawn to view hundreds of artifacts in the home where John Greenleaf Whittier lived with his sister Elizabeth, his mother Abigail, and his aunt Mercy, from 1836 until his death in 1892,” said Whittier Home Association President Cynthia Costello in a press release. “As a faithful Quaker, creative thinker, environmentalist and freedom lover, Whittier published inspired poetry most of his life, and is especially known for his poem ‘Snowbound’ and his anti-slavery activism.”

Many visitors visit the museum’s gift shop to purchase special books and publications including “Barefoot Boy,” special editions of “Snowbound,” Roland Woodwell’s biography of Whittier written over a period of 50 years, and publications of John Greenleaf Whittier’s works and his history.

For over 100 years the WHA has been steward of this historic house museum, maintaining the property and collections and striving to educate others about the life, legacy and works of J.G. Whittier. For further information, go to www.whittierhome.org.