Into the Countryside: Preparations for War

A Revolutionary War Reenactment weekend at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead!

The time is sometime in the summer of 1774 to early 1775. The Port of Boston has been closed in retribution for the Boston Tea Party. The countryside is rising up and the courts in Worcester County have been closed.

 

There is talk of raising minute companies alongside of the regular militia, and “warlike stores” are being gathered, stored, the moved and stored again. Patriotic citizens are doing their part by casting musket balls, rolling cartridges for muskets and cannon, making shirts and
stockings, tents, knapsacks, and cartridge pouches.

Meanwhile, alarmed by the rising of the “country people” General Gage is gathering intelligence from local loyal subjects, and sending patrols of Regulars into the countryside for “exercise”, and to try to locate and seize military stores. Cannon and powder were taken from Charlestown and Cambridge, and there was a patrol that was turned back by local militia at Salem, and there are rumors of a raid not far from John Adams; home in Braintree – could Danvers be next?

This event will be open for public viewing
May 18th 10:00am-3:00pm 
May 19th 10:00am-3:00pm
(Please check back here or on Facebook for updated schedule of events)

PLEASE NOTE: The regular guided tours of the Nurse Homestead will not be available this weekend, instead we will have reenactors in the house interpreting colonial life. 

Admission:
Adults: $8.00
Seniors: $6.00
Children (6-16) $5.00

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8th Annual “Gala Day”

1919 Lawn Party and Open House: 8th Annual “Gala Day”

 

 

 

 

 

Visit us this summer as we host the 8th annual”Gala Day”. The very first “Gala Day & Garden Party Bazaar” was held at The 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 historic house, to learn about local history, and just enjoy the beautiful grounds on a summer day.

This year we are taking you back to the year 1919 to experience what the original Gala Days were like, complete with the original entrance fee of only 25¢ !

You will be able to explore the home of Rebecca Nurse, listen to popular music from the 1900’s, try your hand at playing period-style lawn games, and talk with reenactors dressed in Edwardian fashion. We will also be serving our famous Strawberry Shortcakes we used to serve at our Strawberry Festival years ago, as well as other snacks and refreshments. (Check back here or on Facebook for more updates to our activities schedule)

Rain Date for this event will be June 16th

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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, and as the winter nears and we begin to shutdown our buildings and prepare the property for the upcoming winter weather we please ask potential visitors to keep a few things in mind….

For the safety of you as a visitor, and and the safeguard of our historic property, we ask that you plan to visit during our seasonal open hours ONLY which will begin again in May 2019. This means that we do not allow visitation of any part of the property while we are closed for the season, and ask that you be respectful of this. We will try to do whatever we can to accommodate visitor requests when possible, and reasonable but we please ask for your patience and understanding, of the limited resources of our volunteer run site. 

We look forward to seeing you all in the SPRING!!

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Historic Holidays 2018

Join us for our annual Historic Holidays event 

November 24th from 10-3 

Take a break from Christmas shopping and visit us for a good old-fashioned holiday celebration with reenactors from many different time periods, and wool spinning demonstrations. Have a cup of mulled cider while you stroll the property listening to holiday music from across the centuries and warming up by a roaring fire. For a bit of fun, visit the dress up booth or make a pomander at our craft table.

 

Adults: $8 •Seniors $6 • Children $4•  Members FREE

 

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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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