Amesbury, incorporated as a town in 1668 boasts a long history as a manufacturing center of New England. Powered by the Merrimack and Powow Rivers, mills thrived here, producing carriages and later automobile bodies. Now, Amesbury is largely residential and benefits from its proximity to two Interstate highways: Route 495 and Route 95,... Show all »
Amesbury, incorporated as a town in 1668 boasts a long history as a manufacturing center of New England. Powered by the Merrimack and Powow Rivers, mills thrived here, producing carriages and later automobile bodies. Now, Amesbury is largely residential and benefits from its proximity to two Interstate highways: Route 495 and Route 95, the major belts of Boston. These major arteries have given the town a competitive edge in residential and commercial development.
Current local industries include high technology, defense companies, furniture manufacturers, and metal and plastic fabricators. Amesbury lies 43 miles north of Boston, but only minutes from the New Hampshire border and the beaches of its neighboring town, Newburyport. Amesbury appeals to families seeking small town character, but who are committed to commuting to work in a major city.
History has left a rich and remarkable variety of architecture in Amesbury from the impressive stone mills to the Colonial, Federal and Victorian style homes and landmark churches. Rigorous preservation efforts have maintained many historical homes and sites including: The Rocky Hill Meeting House built in 1785 and a well-preserved example of early American Church architecture; and The Mary Baker Eddy House used as a refuge of Bible study by the founder of the Christian Science Church.
With a population of 16,000, Amesbury is served by a state-accredited police department and a full-time fire department. The school district consists of one high school, one middle school and two elementary schools. The neighboring communities of Haverhill and Newburyport provide nearby commuter rail stations with access to Boston. Additionally, there is a small airport in Newburyport.
Housing prices vary in Amesbury, with many residences featuring oversized lots of one or more acres. Besides its historic sites and museums, preserving both town and local Native American history, Amesbury features parks for outdoor recreation. The Amesbury Sports Park features a snow tubing facility with high tech lifts and snow making. The park is open year round and summer activities include: golf driving range, water bumper boats, and go-carting.
Recently, Amesbury adopted a city form of government and embarked on public works improvements such as beautifying the downtown area to reflect Amesbury's Victorian past. Details of the project include brick-paved sidewalks and period street lamps.
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