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November 3, 2019

In the days following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the British army found itself trapped; surrounded by an army of Massachusetts Yankees. Unbeknownst to General Gage and his officers, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress and the Committee of Safety were confr...

August 26, 2019

Recently, the Nerds have been researching why the coastal community of Newburyport quickly became a safe haven for Massachusetts and New Hampshire vessels during the American Revolution. As early as mid-summer 1775, the Newburyport Committee of Safety reported to the M...

July 17, 2019

Newburyport’s Great Fire of 1811 has recently been on our minds.  The May 31, 1811 conflagration consumed over sixteen acres of the modern downtown area and caused over two million dollars in damage.  When taking inflation into account, this roughly translates to somew...

June 26, 2019

The Privateer Success was a schooner that was owned by the wealthy Newburyport merchant Nathaniel Tracy.  In May of 1776, Tracy decided to convert the vessel into a warship and outfitted it with two cannons and eight swivel guns.  The ship was commanded by John Fletche...

June 19, 2019

Summer is here so what better way to celebrate than by sharing a few historical drink recipes with you?  Here are four drink recipes from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries that we recently stumbled upon!

Enjoy!

17th Century:  Rum Flip

2 Oz of dark rum

½ oz of Demerar...

May 29, 2019

In previous postings, we’ve alluded to how Newburyport on the eve of the American Revolution was a hotbed for smuggling activities.

Traditionally, Newburyport has always been an ideal location for smugglers to operate from.  The Merrimack River, as well as the Plum Isla...

March 28, 2019

With improved weather right around the corner, what better way to celebrate Spring than by sharing a few historical drink recipes with you?  Here are four drink recipes from the 17th, 19th and 20th Centuries that we recently stumbled upon.

Enjoy!

Captain Radcliffe’s Punc...

March 10, 2019

Let's be honest ... The Nerds love everything 18th and early 19th Century Newburyport. The seaside community has a unique and special history that includes shipbuilding, rum, privateers, Benedict Arnold and the very eccentric Lord Timothy Dexter. 

Recently, we decided...

February 9, 2019

Admittedly, the Nerds might have had one beer too many during a recent visit to Brewery Silvaticus as we started talking about unusual wedding customs in 18th and early 19th Century New England. Here’s what we found.

In Newburyport and other Massachusetts seaport comm...

January 15, 2019

Following the conclusion of the French and Indian War, England recognized the harsh realities of its post-war debt. By January 5, 1763, Britain’s funded debt was a staggering £122,603,336 with an annual interest of £4,409,797. A year later, the debt was almost £7,000,0...

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