“Old Town” in Marblehead, MA is a visual delight, packed with colorful early 18th Century homes and a few dating to before the 17th Century. Navigating its narrow streets during the tourist season can be challenging, so I prefer to visit the town in the spring or fall. The Open Space Plan for Marblehead, MA explains the town’s extraordinary concentration of over 200 homes built before the Revolutionary War.

“The large number of surviving houses from before 1775 is due to the fact that the American Revolution had a devastating economic and social impact on Marblehead. More than 600 men served from a town of 935 families (1765 census), in both the Continental Army and on privateer vessels out of Marblehead or Salem. In the War of 1812, over 1,000 men served from a population of 6,000 or 7,000.”

This partial list of houses in Marblehead, Massachusetts constructed before the Revolutionary War links to a comprehensive inventory provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS), which provides black and white photos from the 20th Century.  Color images are from the Marblehead Patriot Properties property database.

16 Beacon St MAR.1005 1740Doliber, Dea. William House 29 Beacon St MAR.797 1770

Ireson, Capt. Benjamin House 19 Circle St MAR.664 1715

Tutt – Nutting House 25 Circle S MAR.662 1750

Homan, Edward House 29-31 Circle St MAR.1228 1670

4 Cross St MAR.1033 1775

<a id="btnCamera6" title="MAR.213 — Wainwright – Pope Cottage
Dock Ledge, Marblehead
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Wainwright – Pope Cottage Dock Ledge MAR.213 1772

<a id="btnCamera8" title="MAR.528
30 Elm St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_528.jpg”>
30 Elm St MAR.528 1750

Shaw, John House 25 Elm St MAR.513 1760

Ashton, Philip House 95 Elm St MAR.312 1715

Merritt, Samuel House 97 Elm St MAR.311 1725


Martin House 100 Elm St MAR.319 1700


Putnam – Love House 104-106 Elm St MAR.321 1750

Harris House 105 Elm St MAR.307 1732


Glebe House 111 Elm St MAR.306 1735

<a id="btnCamera16" title="MAR.750 — Parker, David House
Fountain Inn Way, Marblehead
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Parker, David House Fountain Inn Way MAR.750 1723

<a id="btnCamera17" title="MAR.625 — Barnard, Parson House
7 Franklin St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_625.jpg”>
Barnard, Parson House 7 Franklin St MAR.625 1716

James, Capt. Richard House 10 Franklin St MAR.766 1750

Homan, Joseph House 16 Franklin St MAR.767 1764


Gale, Ambrose House 17 Franklin St MAR.623 1663


Chinn, John – Kimball, Thomas House 18 Franklin St MAR.718 1677


Selman, Capt. John – Bartoll, William House 19 Franklin St MAR.6771735


20 Franklin St MAR.719 1750


Orne, Joshua House 22 Franklin St MAR.720 1750


Oliver, Selman House 24 Franklin St MAR.721 1720


Arnold, Goodwin House 26 Franklin St MAR.722 1725


Broughton, Nicholson House 27 Franklin St MAR.735 1750


28 Franklin St MAR.723 1753


Gerry, Thomas House 30 Franklin St MAR.724 1727

<a id="btnCamera31" title="MAR.733 — Martin – Ballard House
33 Franklin St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_733.jpg”>
Martin – Ballard House 33 Franklin St MAR.733 1750

Fowle, Jacob Cooper Shop 3 Front St MAR.217 1772


Socum – Herreshoff House 25 1/2 Front St MAR.208 1717


Bartoll, Capt. John House 31 Front St MAR.428 1760


Bartoll, Samuel House 33 Front St MAR.427 1740


34 Front St MAR.204 1750


36-36A Front St MAR.2051740


Bartoll, John House 39 Front St MAR.426 1740


Morse, Ruth House 47 Front St MAR.417 1750


Laskey House 50 Front St MAR.358 1725


54 Front St MAR.360 1720


Bowler, William House 57 Front St MAR.416 1745


Snow House 58 Front St MAR.361 1747


110 Front St MAR.683 1765


Rich, Jonathan House 112 Front St MAR.684 1767


Hooper, John G. House 114 Front St MAR.685 1770


Glover, Gen. John House 11 Glover Sq MAR.382 1762


Pritchard House 13 Glover Sq MAR.381 1749


Norden, Nathaniel House 15 Glover Sq MAR.380 1686


LeCraw, Thomas House 17 Glover Sq MAR.379 1760

<a id="btnCamera54" title="MAR.709
2-4 Goodwins Ct, Marblehead
” href=”mar_709.jpg”>
2-4 Goodwin’s Ct MAR.709 1765

<a id="btnCamera56" title="MAR.717 — Goodwin House
11 Goodwins Ct, Marblehead
” href=”mar_717.jpg”>
Goodwin House 11 Goodwin’s Ct MAR.717 1750


Wood, Richard House 33 Harris St MAR.444 1760


Harris House 37 Harris St MAR.442 1750


Humphrey House 32 High St MAR.612 1760


34-36 High St MAR.614 1690


Jackson, John House 36 High St MAR.615 1726


Brown – Goodwin House 37 High St MAR.593 1720

<a id="btnCamera67" title="MAR.622
39 High St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_622.jpg”>
39 High St MAR.622 1750


Lindsey House 40 High St MAR.568 1750


Russell House 42-44 High St MAR.569 1740


45 High St MAR.621 1725


2 Lee St MAR.220 1750


Broughton, Nicholson House 6 Lee St MAR.221 1710


Bassett, John House 7-9 Lee St MAR.176 1736


8 Lee St MAR.222 1740


Fowle, Jacob House 10 Lee St MAR.223 1740


11 Lee St MAR.1751740


12 Lee St MAR.224 1725


Bartlett, John House 29 Lee St MAR.169 1730


30 Lee St MAR.229 1780


31 Lee St MAR.168 1775


Bartlett, John House 40 Lee St MAR.114 1726

<a id="btnCamera84" title="MAR.115 — Bartlett, John House
42 Lee St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_115.jpg”>
Bartlett, John House 42 Lee St MAR.115 1726


46 Lee St MAR.1171750


48 Lee St MAR.118 1750


52 Lee St MAR.120 1760


54 Lee St MAR.121 1775


55 Lee St MAR.165 1725


56 Lee St MAR.122 1730


Hooper House 57 Lee St MAR.164 1750


58 Lee St MAR.123 1750


61 Lee St MAR.163 1760


66 Lee St MAR.125 1775


Wright, Calley House 7 Lookout Ct MAR.154 1749


8 Lookout Ct MAR.183 1750


0 Mariner’s Ln MAR.418 1750


Old Town House Market Sq MAR.496 1727


Jackson, Dr. Bartholomew House 4 Market Sq MAR.467 1729


2 Mason St MAR.240 1780


Palmer, John Barn 8 Mason St MAR.230 1750


Twisden, John House 11 Mechanic Ct MAR.560 1750

<a id="btnCamera109" title="MAR.559
Mechanic Sq, Marblehead
” href=”mar_559.jpg”>
Mechanic Sq MAR.559 1700


Bradstreet – Brown House 1 Mechanic St MAR.461 1738


Hill – Phillips House 8 Mechanic St MAR.462 1743


Brimblecomb, John House 9 Mechanic St MAR.459 1713

<a id="btnCamera114" title="MAR.464 — Sparhawk, J. Barn
20 Mechanic St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_464.jpg”>
Sparhawk, J. Barn 20 Mechanic St MAR.464 1721


Mailey – Dodd House 22 Merritt St MAR.660 1680

<a id="btnCamera117" title="MAR.78
8 Middle St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_78.jpg”>
8 Middle St MAR.78 1760


10 Middle St MAR.79 1730

<a id="btnCamera119" title="MAR.80 — Savage, John House
12 Middle St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_80.jpg”>
Savage, John House 12 Middle St MAR.801700


15 Middle St MAR.72 1720

<a id="btnCamera121" title="MAR.71
17 Middle St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_71.jpg”>
17 Middle St MAR.711750


18 Middle St MAR.81 1715


19 Middle St MAR.70 1740


20 Middle St MAR.82 1710


Waters- Bowen House 1 Mugford St MAR.1055 1695


6 Mugford St MAR.441 1720


Nicholson, Thomas House 11 Mugford St MAR.450 1756


Dodd, Jemima House 12 Mugford St MAR.448 1730


Sparhawk House 17 Mugford St MAR.554 1750


21 Mugford St MAR.552 1750


23 Mugford St MAR.551 1760


Stevens, Roger House 29 Mugford St MAR.548 1715


31 Mugford St MAR.547 1780


Greist, John House 32 Mugford St MAR.314 1758


Orne, Azor House 18 Orne St MAR.576 1763


19 Orne St MAR.758 1760


38 Orne St MAR.746 1750


Graves House 39 Orne St MAR.751 1670


Diamond, William House 42 Orne St MAR.747 1710


Parker, Capt. David House 47 Orne St MAR.748 1711


Moge, Sarah Homan House 20 Pearl St MAR.537 1749


16 Stacey St MAR.645 1750

18 Stacey St MAR.646 1695


20 Stacey St MAR.647 1750


Stacey – Goodwin House 8 Stacey St MAR.636 1680


Bean, William – Bray, Capt. Edmund House 9 State St MAR.492 1770


10 State St MAR.486 1740


King, Daniel House 12 State St MAR.1223 1739


Watts, Alexander House 14 State St MAR.487 1769

<a id="btnCamera167" title="MAR.488 — Pony Barn, The
16R State St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_488.jpg”>
Pony Barn, The 16R State St MAR.488


Wright, John House 16 State St MAR.489 1765


Gallison, John House 17 State St MAR.375 1735


Mansfield, Isaac Jr. House 21 State St MAR.373 1756


22 State St MAR.377 1740


24 State St MAR.378 1760


Reed, Capt. John Jr. House 27 State St MAR.372 1761


36 State St MAR.391 1725


Topham, James House 35 State St MAR.369 1763


Trasher, John House 14 Tucker St MAR.181 1750


Pickett, Nicholas House 17 Tucker St MAR.242 1725


Minot, George Hous 2 Union St MAR.195 1731


Legg, John House 4 Union St MAR.196 1715


Bodkin, Thomas House 6 Union St MAR.199 1728


Hind, Capt. Benjamin House 8 Union St MAR.200 1762

<a id="btnCamera189" title="MAR.1034
Vine St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_1034.jpg”>
1 Vine St MAR.1034 1775


Lindsey House 9 Waldron Ct MAR.107 1738


Bowden, Benjamin House 13 Waldron Ct MAR.105 1768


1 Waldron St MAR.113 1750


2 Waldron Ct MAR.94 1760


4 Waldron St MAR.131 1750

<a id="btnCamera210" title="MAR.112
5 Waldron St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_112.jpg”>
5 Waldron St MAR.112 1730


8 Waldron St MAR.132 1750


Sandin, William House 10 Washington Sq MAR.158 1725


Mansfield, Isaac House 14 Washington Sq MAR.160 1730


18 Washington Sq MAR.162 1750

Stevens, Sylvester House 26 Washington Sq MAR.76 1750


28 Washington Sq MAR.76 1750


1 Washington St MAR.620 1720


Pritchard, Benjamin 2 Washington St MAR.627 1754


Hooper, William House 5 Washington St MAR.619 1780


Pearson – Bessom House 11 Washington St MAR.618 1734


12-14 Washington St MAR.631 1710


15 Washington St MAR.592 1750


Gerry, Elbridge House 44 Washington St MAR.654 1730


Gardner, F. House 45 Washington St MAR.585 1760


Homan, Richard House 47 Washington St MAR.583 1744

<a id="btnCamera237" title="MAR.656 — Stacey, Capt. John House
50 Washington St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_656.jpg”>
Stacey, Capt. John House 50 Washington St MAR.656 1734


Bowen, Nathan House 62 Washington St MAR.478 1760


Trevett, Capt. Samuel R. House 65 Washington St MAR.473 1750

<a id="btnCamera248" title="MAR.471 — Rea Tavern
73-77 Washington St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_471.jpg”>
Rea Tavern 73-77 Washington St MAR.471 1750


Trevett, Richard House 74 Washington St MAR.481 1730


Hendley, Benjamin House 76 Washington St MAR.482 1750


81 Washington St MAR.470 1730


83 Washington St MAR.469 1700


Scobie, James House 98 Washington St MAR.499 1750


Story, Dr. Elisha House 102 Washington St MAR.500 1760


Turner, Isaac House 104 Washington St MAR.501 1719


Holyoke, Rev. Edward House 119 Washington St MAR.433 1728


121 Washington St MAR.432 1730


Woodward, Abraham House 143 Washington St MAR.257 1760


158 Washington St MAR.236 1750


Lee, Jeremiah Mansion 161 Washington St MAR.253 1767


172 Washington St MAR.248 1750


Bartlett, Nathaniel House 175 Washington St MAR.291 1750


Hooper, Robert House 181 Washington St MAR.290 1769


183 Washington St MAR.289 1750


Lee, Col. William House 185 Washington St MAR.288 1718


Oakes, Richard House 195 Washington St MAR.285 1718


Meek House 197 Washington St MAR.284 1760


Gale, Capt. William House 199 Washington St MAR.58 1750

<a id="btnCamera295" title="MAR.60 — Allen, John House
200 Washington St, Marblehead
” href=”mar_60.jpg”>
Allen, John House 200 Washington St MAR.60 1700


203 Washington St MAR.56 1750

207 Washington St MAR.47 1750


226 Washington St MAR.5 1736


Knott, Hannah House 23 Watson St MAR.339 1672

24 Watson St., MAR.301 1715

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