Join the Danvers Alarm List Company as they host a one day 18th century living history event at the Nurse Homestead on November 5th from 9:15am-3pm.
Reenactors will be dressed in late 1770’s period clothing, and demonstrating everyday activities as well as 3 planned battle tactical demonstrations, and a lecture by Sandy Spector “10 things you may not know about Martha Washington”
All public are welcome to come to this event. (Please note that ALL reenactors MUST be pre-registered.)
Admission: $9.00 for Adults, $7.00 for Seniors, & $6.00 for Children (RNH members are FREE)
PLEASE NOTE: The Museum buildings will be open for visitation during this event but we will NOT be doing formal guided tours of any of the buildings; the meetinghouse will host the 10:15 lecture, and the Nurse family home will have reenactors demonstrating hearth cooking, and other household activities. During the tactical demonstrations we may cut off access to the lower field and cemetery path due to musket firing.
As enter the busy fall season we please ask potential visitors, and locals to keep a few things in mind…
For the safety of you as a visitor, and and the safeguard of our historic property, we do not allow visitation of ANY part of the property while we are closed (this includes locals who have previously used the property as a walking/bike trail or shortcut to Collins Street or the Rail Trail), and ask that you be respectful of this.
If the sign at the entry way says CLOSED then please do not enter the property via car or by foot.
October we will be open Tuesdays from 10am-1pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-3pm.
November 5th-13th we will be open Saturdays & Sundays only from 10am-3pm.
If you are planning on visiting on a day that we are not open to the public you can request a private tour. (For private groups of 5 or less people we charge a $50 opening fee, but for larger groups over 5 people we charge the standard admission rate.) Private tours depend on our staff availability so please give us at least one week notice.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding, of the limited resources of our volunteer run site.
We are sorry to inform you that the Trails & Sails: Digging for History Event is cancelled for this weekend. The Eugene Winter Chapter of Mass Archaeological Society WILL still be doing their Atlatl event CLICK HERE to learn more about it.
July 1st through August 27th: Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm
September 3rd through 25th: Saturdays & Sundays ONLY 10:00am-3:00pm
October 1st through 30th: Tuesdays 10:00am-1:00pm and Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am-3:00pm(Check back here for updated schedule.)
November 5th through 13th: Saturdays & Sundays ONLY 10:00am-3:00pm
We will NOT be doing guided tours in October but we will have an audio tour available to listen to from your smartphone, and our knowledgeable staff will be able to answer any questions you may have.
If you would like to purchase tickets in advance for our regular hours in October CLICK HERE (pre-purchase is NOT required, we will have a select amount of tickets available at the door)
TWILIGHT TOURS 2022areSOLD OUT
These are the only guided tours we will be offering in October…The event begins at sunset; with a walk along the tree lined path to the back of the property to the ancient Nurse Family Cemetery. The next stop is through the circa 1678 house which was occupied by Rebecca Nurse and then members of the Nurse family until 1798. You will hear the story of the Nurse family and Rebecca’s accusation of witchcraft. As you wander through the completely candlelit home you will be able to imagine what it was like living here 330 years ago. CLICK HERE to learn more about this program and to purchase tickets. (PLEASE NOTE tickets will NOT be available at the door for this program)
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Our replica Meetinghouse will be closed to visitors for the rest of the season. It has been rented for a private project. We plan to use the revenue from this rental to accomplish much needed repairs and refurbishment on the building. We apologize for any inconvenience to our incoming visitors this season.
GALA DAY IS BACK! Join us for our annual summer fundraiser “Gala Day”!
The very first “Gala Day & Garden Party Bazaar” was held at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in 1912 right after becoming a Museum, and they continued to be held annually through the 1920’s! It was a way to welcome the community to explore the newly restored historic house, learn about local history, and just enjoy the beautiful grounds on a summer day. This also marks the 10th year since our first Gala Day reenactment!
This year we are traveling back to the 1920s. Come experience our version of Gala Day, complete with the original entrance fee of only 25¢.
We encourage you and your whole family to come dressed in your best 1920s attire and spend the day with us!
Explore the home of Rebecca Nurse
Listen to popular music from the 1920’s
Watch silent “moving pictures” in the Meetinghouse
Try your hand at playing period-style lawn games; we have Croquet and Bocce. (But feel free to bring your own lawn games as well.
You are welcome to arrive anytime throughout the day from 9:45 on but we will be closing the site down right at 4pm.
Visitors will NOT be permitted to setup picnics inside any of the historic structures.
Things to bring:
Picnic Foods (we will have some baked goods and cold drinks available for purchase)
Sunscreen & Bug Spray
Please do not bring
Cigarettes or similar items (we do not allow smoking on-site)
Grills of any kind
We also have a carry-in, carry-out policy for trash, we will gladly supply small trash bags for people to place trash into before you leave.
We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the many people who helped support the Nurse Homestead in so many ways over the course of this year! As we prepare the property for the upcoming winter weather we please ask potential visitors, and locals to keep a few things in mind…
For the safety of you as a visitor, and and the safeguard of our historic property, we do not allow visitation of ANY part of the property while we are closed for the season (this includes locals who have previously used the property as a walking trail or shortcut to Collins Street or the Rail Trail), and ask that you be respectful of this.
We will also be unable to honor any private tour requests from December-February but will welcome special visitor requests again starting in March (weather permitting and upon volunteer availability).
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding, of the limited resources of our volunteer run site. Check back with us in the Spring for all of our exciting 2022 EVENTS!
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To reach the Nurse Homestead traveling north on Route 128, take Exit 41 (Endicott Street), turn right onto Endicott, right on Sylvan Street, then bear left to Pine Street. Enter by taking a left at 149 Pine Street.