Trails & Sails Weekend

This year in conjunction with Essex Heritage’s Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of walks, talks, water & more! We are hosting two FREE events!!

  • Digging for History— Come get dirty with us, as you become an archaeologist for the day! Archaeologists from the University of Southern Maine and Phillips Andover Academy, will be teaching students of all ages how to become archaeologists. What will you uncover? September 29th & 30th 10:00am-3:00pm 

  • Atlatl DaysTry your hand at ancient hunting practices! The technique of using an atlatl, or spear throwing stick, is an ancient global technology. Join us, along with the Eugene Winter Chapter of Mass Archaeological Society, as they teach you the finer points about hunting in the ancient world! September 29th & 30th 9:00am-3:00pm

Admission for these two Trails & Sails Events is Free! BUT If you would like to visit the Nurse Homestead Museum, Admission is $8 Adults, $6 Seniors, $5 Children 6-16

 

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Revolutionary Theater Company

Revolutionary Theater Company Presents I Want to Be a Musketeer!

The Danvers Alarm List Company & Rebecca Nurse Homestead are thrilled to host The Revolutionary Theater Company for their second summer production with us, after performing Short Stories & Tall Tales here last summer. “I Want To Be A Musketeer”, written and directed by Josh Black is the story of the Three Musketeers focusing on D’Artagnion. Follow these characters as they make their way through France and the very play itself. Featuring a talented and comedic cast as they create a new spin on the timeless tale!

SHOW DATES
Saturday August 25th at 5:30 pm
Sunday August 26th at 3:00 pm
Saturday September 1st at 5:30 pm
Sunday September 2nd at 3:00 pm

TICKETS
Click Here to Purchase Tickets $ 10.00
Pay At The Door $15.00
Children $ 8.00

 

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Museum Hours

We would like to thank the many people planning to visit us throughout the summer and fall and would ask that you please take special note of our museum hours listed below. For the safety of our visitors and to safeguard of our historic site, we must ask that you only visit during these times. We will do whatever we can do accommodate visitors upon request, but ask for your patience and understanding of the limited resources of a volunteer run site. Thank you for your support!

Museum Hours:

July & August: Wednesday-Sunday 10-3

September: Saturday & Sunday 10-3

October: Friday-Sunday 10-3

November: Saturday & Sunday 10-3

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Throwback Weekend: Gala Day & WW1

Jump back in time with us to the 1910s!

This year we are combining two of our annual events into one Throwback Weekend!

Visit us on Saturday for our 7th annual Gala Day. In the early 20th century when The Rebecca Nurse Homestead became a Museum they hosted a “Gala Day & Garden Party Bazaar”, and we are taking you back in time to experience that event.

Listen to Edwardian music, play period -style games, see people dressed in clothing of the time, and we will also be serving a limited amount of our famous Strawberry Shortcakes we used to serve at our Strawberry Festival years ago!

Visit us on Sunday to help us commemorate World War 1. There will be reenactors walking the site in period clothing, who will have tables to display various tools, weapons and equipment used during the time. and more fun activities TBD.

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End of Season

 

We would like to thank the many people who helped support the Nurse Homestead in so many ways over the course of this year! 

As we finish out our last day open for the season, and begin to prepare our buildings and property for the upcoming winter we please ask that for the safety of our visitors and the safeguard of our historic property, that you plan to visit the site during our seasonal open hours which will begin again in May. We will try to do whatever we can do accommodate visitors upon request, but we please ask for your patience and understanding of the limited resources of our volunteer run site.

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Visitation

We would like to thank the many people planning to visit us through the fall and would ask that you take special note of our museum hours. For the safety of our visitors and the safeguard of this historic site, we must ask that you only visit during these times. We will do whatever we can do accommodate visitors upon request, but ask for your patience and understanding of the limited resources of a volunteer run site. Thank you again for your support!

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Annual Historic Holidays: Christmas Through The Ages

Please join us for our annual Historic Holidays event. This year’s theme is “Christmas Through The Ages”. Take a break from Christmas shopping and visit us for a good old-fashioned holiday celebration with reenactors from different time periods.
Have a cup of mulled cider while you stroll the property listening to holiday music from across the centuries and warming up by the roaring fire.
For a bit of fun, visit the dress up booth or make a pomander at our craft table.

This event will be appreciated by folks of all ages.

Admission is $7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors, $3 for Children (6-16) and Under 6 are FREE! 

Members of the Rebecca Nurse Homestead Preservation Society get in for free as well.

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Trails & Sails: Digging for History

DIGGING FOR HISTORY!

September 16th & 17th: 10:00am-3:00pm

Come get dirty with us, as you become an archaeologist for the day! The Rebecca Nurse Homestead was at the center of a summer archaeology program, run by the University of Southern Maine and Phillips Andover Academy, teaching students of all ages how to become archaeologists.

Now it’s your turn. Thousands of artifacts have given a glimpse into the lives of those who have walked these grounds for the past millennia, many now on display. What will you uncover?

1:00pm lecture in the Meetinghouse will discuss past findings from previous years.

Hosted in conjunction with Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water

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Revolutionary Theatre Company

The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is proud to present The Revolutionary Theatre Company’s first ever production!!


Short Stories & Tall Tales is a bumbling comic adventure through history and literature as we meet famous and infamous heroes and villains. In Davy Crocket Goes to Boston we send out best and brightest, well sort of, to find out the difference between the legends of Crockett and the actual life he lead, all while learning about this little-known trip to the bay state. From Crockett’s Congress to the sandy hills of Africa where Lady Jayne Greystoke vs The Mummy shows just how literal literature can be. She fights, she loves, she wins, she loses, Lady Jayne does it all while trying to find the sarcophagus of Hupopteppin, but awaiting her is something just as bad as an undead creature….the Nazis! Fast forwarding from the leather clad bad guys, to early 90’s grunge where we meet Mark and Don in The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Robbery. What makes these two the perfect candidates for stealing art? Well; nothing actually, see if they can pull it off in our version of one of Boston’s biggest mysteries. Finally we go back to the early days of revolution before they began capitalizing the word; The Swashbuckling Adventures of Sam Adams. There is love, sword play, comedy, and not a beer bottle to be seen! Sam Adams and his team must navigate the British occupied colonies in order to find what he searches for most: Liberty!

Written and Directed by Josh Black
Co-Produced by Thera Driscoll and Naomi Olofson-Black

SATURDAY SHOWS 8/26 & 9/2 AT 6PM
SUNDAY SHOWS 8/27 & 9/3 AT 3PM

Click HERE to order tickets
TICKETS $15 at the door

Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Rebecca Nurse Homestead. 
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Rebecca Nurse Commemoration

July 19, 2017 will mark the 325th anniversary of the execution of Rebecca Nurse. As stewards for many decades of her family property, The Danvers Alarm List Company would greatly appreciate your presence in paying respects to this very strong woman. Where many gave into fear, she held steadfast to her innocence, and at a dark time was able to hold compassion for her accusers.

Join us for a short reception, commemoration ceremony, and concluding with a procession to the Nurse Family Cemetery where it is believed that Rebecca was secretly laid to rest.

Tentative Schedule
6:30pm  Reception in the Meetinghouse
7:00pm Commemoration Ceremony
7:20pm Procession to the Cemetery for Wreath Laying
Prayer by Bert White
Psalm sung by Essex Harmony Singers

 

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