Welcome: About the Newburyport Preservation Trust

The Newburyport Preservation Trust is a non-profit membership organization that brings together people from Newburyport and beyond who value the preservation of the city’s period architecture, neighborhood ambiance, heritage landscapes, and authentic historic character.

For the most immediate preservation advocacy news, visit the Newburyport Preservation Trust Facebook page.


Thanks to all who attended Preservation Week 2022 events ... finally back in-person this year after a two-year pandemic time-out. This year's Preservation Week theme, "The Mills of Newburyport The Dream That Ran Out of Steam," focused on the city's industrial buildings, past and present. The May 20-22 activities featured the context-rich illustrated lecture at the Custom House Maritime Museum (full house sold out!), two guided outdoor walking tours (standing room only!), and two self-guided tours. The programs celebrated the adaptation of our old-but-still-robust mill buildings for new uses. To fully enjoy and scrutinize the photos, maps, diagrams, and abbreviated insights of the keynote illustrated lecture by R.W. Bacon, click here. (A complete video of the presentation may be forthcoming.)

The aforementioned pandemic time-out didn't stop the Newburyport Preservation Trust, even though the signature annual Preservation Week was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 in the interest of public health. The non-profit all-volunteer Newburyport Preservation Trust continued to remotely monitor preservation-related issues that came before city boards, advocate for historic preservation awareness, and serve as an information resource to homeowners and developers. And of course our information-packed website enabled lovers of Newburyport to immerse in its aggregated 6000 pages of architecture, history, and preservation-related content.

The NPT Historic House
Plaque Program,
 still in just its first decade, continues to build momentum. Owners of the hundreds of historic homes in Newburyport now have the opportunity to proudly identify their house with a plaque that indicates the owner/builder, their occupation (if known), and date. Central to the program, and of particular historical value, is the verification of dates, names, and facts by experienced researchers. Dedicated stewards of Newburyport's older homes can begin to learn the factual background of their home, and showcase their stewardship with a plaque validated by the Newburyport Preservation Trust. See complete information about the program at our dedicated Historic House Plaque Program page, including a summary-to-date of homes in the Historic House Plaque Program, with selected photos, and  how you can apply for a plaque.

Note: The Historic House Plaque Program program reserves the right to reject any application. An application may be rejected in cases where substantial historic material has been removed from the house, thereby not meeting the goal of preservation as determined by the Newburyport Preservation Trust.   

Now you can browse an interactive map of NPT's Historic House Plaques. Go ahead! You'll love scrolling, scaling, sorting color-coded houses by century, and reading the plaque text about the original occupants. We'll add more plaque recipients to the map as research is completed.

Newburyport’s past preservationthanks to both circumstance and vision – has come to define who we are and anchors our quality of life. Today all Newburyporters have a stake in the authenticity of the city’s historic character.

The Newburyport Preservation Trust aims (1) to be a voice for preservation concerns, (2) to promote preservation education, (3) to foster awareness of the need for preservation, and (4) to encourage compatible new development.

The Newburyport Preservation Trust is among the select affiliate members of Historic New England, the largest regional preservation organization in the U.S.

The Newburyport Preservation Trust web site offers information on its programs and projects, as well as introductions to Newburyport history and architecture. Throughout the site are annotated links to useful preservation resources. Have a look around – and then join us on our Membership page!

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