Newburyport Preservation Trust Projects
The Newburyport Preservation Trust, in addition to its preservation education offerings and Preservation Week activities, presses forward on several current projects. At present, board members, volunteers, and local citizens are working together on (1) the restoration of the 1822 Powder House off Low Street, Newburyport, (2) the preservation of material from Newburyport’s early wharves on the Merrimack River, and (3) the timely advocacy of establishment of a Local Historic District in Newburyport.
Since 2003, restoration efforts have proceeded on the 1822 Powder House on Godfrey’s Hill off Low Street, Newburyport. The goal is the establishment of the Powder House Park and Learning Center. For comprehensive information about the project, including how you can volunteer or contribute, go to the Powder House Page.
In 2011 NPT and the Custom House Maritime Museum presented a symposium on historic wharves of New England. Included was a report on the archaeological discoveries of the Newburyport wharves of William Coombs and William Bartlett near the current Newburyport Wastewater Treatment Facility. For more information on the subject, visit the Historic Wharves Page.
NPT supports establishment of a Local Historic District in Newburyport as a proven way to ensure preservation of individual neighborhood streetscapes as well as our more high-profile architectural gems. The distinctive, authentic architectural and historical character draws people to live, work, and play in Newburyport, and sustains the city’s economic vitality. For all the logic in favor of an LHD, the topic is fraught with misconceptions. For more information on the subject, visit our LHD Advocacy Page.