When you stay at our Marblehead hotel, we want you to experience the best of Marblehead, Massachusetts. That’s why we provide our guests with a Historic Marblehead Walking Tour Map upon check-in that will take you to some of our town’s top historic attractions and hidden gems. Here are some of the top highlights of the tour that we recommend you don’t miss during your next visit! Keep reading for a preview of the fascinating historic tour that you can embark on during your next getaway in Marblehead.
One of the first stops on our tour is Fort Sewall. Located at the end of Front Street and near Marblehead Harbor, Fort Sewall was originally built in 1644 as a defense against the French. The fort was rebuilt several times and played a vital role in protecting Marblehead during the American Revolution. Fort Sewall famously protected the USS Constitution when evading the British during the war of 1812. Today, it is a peaceful park with stunning views of Marblehead Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. A great spot to take a break and enjoy the scenery, this landmark is a must-visit!
Old Town House
Another stop on our tour is the Old Town House, located in Market Square. Old Town House was built in 1727-1729 and has served as the official town building ever since. To explore more of Marblehead, stroll down Pleasant Street and Summer Street, located nearby and brimming with historic character and charm.
Jeremiah Lee Mansion
One of the most impressive buildings in Marblehead is the Jeremiah Lee Mansion. Built in 1768 by Colonel Lee, a wealthy merchant, the mansion is a stunning example of Georgian architecture. With a rusticated wood facade, hand-painted wallpapers, and intricate wood carvings, it’s a unique and beautiful home both inside and out.
Abbott Hall is another must-see stop on our tour and is one of the most well-known buildings in town. Sitting proudly on Washington Street, this historic building was built in 1876 and has served as Marblehead’s town hall for decades. Special artifacts from Marblehead’s history are displayed inside for those who appreciate maritime history to enjoy like the original and well-known painting, “Spirit of 76.” Abbott Hall also houses a Maritime Museum of Marblehead’s Naval History!
Crocker Park is a beautiful park located on Marblehead Neck. It offers stunning views of Marblehead Harbor, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Boston skyline in the distance. Visitors can take a walk along the water, enjoy a picnic, or simply relax and take in the scenery.
Old Burial Hill
Our final sneak peek stop on the tour is Old Burial Hill. Known as one of the most picturesque graveyards in New England, this location boasts picturesque views. It dates back to 1638 and is the final resting place for many puritans and an estimated 600 revolutionary soldiers. Old Burial Hill was also a filming location for the iconic movie “Hocus Pocus,” which movie buffs and Halloween fans will particularly appreciate.
Your Home Base
Staying at Harbor Light Inn is the perfect way to experience Marblehead’s charm and history while also having a comfortable home base to relax and recharge. Our inn offers comfortable accommodations with modern amenities and a cozy atmosphere. After a day of exploring the town’s top attractions and hidden gems, you can return to your room and unwind with a glass of wine and a peaceful night’s sleep. Our inn is ideally located near all the top stops on our Walking Marblehead Walking Tour Map, making it easy to explore the town at your own pace. Book your stay today and we’ll look forward to providing you with our unique map upon check in.Book Now