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Rockport’s Historical Buildings–Intro: Sandy Bay Historical Society

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Rockport’s Historical Buildings–Intro: Sandy Bay Historical Society

Sewall-Scripture House, the home of the Sandy Bay Historical Society

Sewall-Scripture House, the home of the Sandy Bay Historical Society

Nathaniel Kirby

Sewall-Scripture House, the home of the Sandy Bay Historical Society

Nathaniel Kirby

Nathaniel Kirby

Sewall-Scripture House, the home of the Sandy Bay Historical Society

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Welcome to the first post about Rockport’s History. Each week, we’ll be posting an article about a historical building in town, and explaining some of this town’s interesting stories.

Perhaps an appropriate place to start is the Sandy Bay Historical Society. The main museum building is the Sewall-Scripture House, built by Levi Sewall in 1832. Sewall owned a quarry in town and built his home out of his own granite. This house, fairly luxurious for its day, was lived in by Levi’s descendants throughout the 19th century all the way until 1957, when it was purchased by the Historical Society. Visitors to this museum can see the house, largely preserved as it was when it was lived in. The museum also has exhibits, including a marine room and a room showing the life of children during this time. Currently, there is an exhibit on granite quarrying on the lower level. For any musicians, two melodeons–a type of small organ popular in the late 1800s–are on display. Of course, this is only a taste of this museum, which is well worth a visit for anyone interested in Rockport history or life in the 1800s.

The Sandy Bay Historical Society’s Sewall-Scripture House is located at 40 King Street and is open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 2-5pm during the summer. Call or email for winter hours. The Historical Society also maintains the Old Castle in Pigeon Cove. Admission is $5 and includes both museums. Children under 12 are free. For more information visit www.sandybayhistorical.org

Next week’s edition will dig deeper into the Sewall-Scripture House and Levi Sewall’s granite quarry.

Do you know of a historic building in Rockport? Let us know and we may feature it! Please contact us at tlt@rpk12.org and use the subject line “Rockport History”

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Nathaniel Kirby, Local Events Contributor

Nathaniel Kirby is a junior at Rockport High School and is involved in many of the school's clubs, such as the Green Team and the Math Team. Nathaniel...

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