The town of West Newbury provides the following history: West Newbury’s history as a town began in 1635 when 23 men and their families, all from England, sailed through Plum Island Sound and up the Parker River, landing in Newbury. As more settlers arrived and families increased, land in Newbury became scarce, and some people moved westward to the “upper woods” beyond the Artichoke River.

The town granted large parcels of land to early settlers: in 1638, 300 acres to Edward Rawson; in 1644, 80 acres to John Emery; in 1659, 103 acres to Francis Browne, all around the Artichoke River. In 1663, Capt. William Gerrish was granted 260 acres at the Groveland line. What was referred to as the “first division of lots” occurred in 1686, parceling out the remaining land between the Bradford Road and the Merrimack River, from the land of Emery to that of Gerrish. The rest of what became West Newbury was granted to settlers in five subsequent divisions.

The area that became West Newbury was primarily a farming community until the late 1700s. Enoch Noyes began making horn buttons and coarse combs in 1759 at his home near 127 Main Street, and by the 1830s and 1840s there were 32 comb shops in town. Another local industry was shoe-making, which began with farmers making shoes for their families in little shops on their farms. Later large shoe shops were started, and West Newbury in 1875 was a booming industrial town with over 2,000 people and doing a half million dollars’ worth of business a year. There were three large comb factories and seven shoe factories.

In 1819 West Newbury finally became a separate town from Newbury, after years of petitioning the General Court of Massachusetts for that privilege, having received decades of opposition from the Town of Newbury. The following list of West Newbury homes built before the Revolutionary War was created by Gordon Harris.

  • The linked descriptions below are provide by MACRIS and the West Newbury Historical Commission. On the MACRIS page, click on the INV link to download a PDF history of the house and the families who lived there.
  • Photos are from the West Newbury Patriot Properties site, as well as the dates of construction for those not documented on the MACRIS site.

WNB.1, Merrill, Abel House, 114 Ash St, r 1725WNB.1, Merrill, Abel House, 114 Ash St, r 1725

WNB.5, 26 Brickett St, r 1725WNB.5, 26 Brickett St, r 1725

33 Browns Lane, West Newbury Ma 1767 WNB.9 Rogers, A. House 33 Brown’s Ln West Newbury c 1767-80

WNB.12, 37 Cherry Hill St, c 1760WNB.12, 37 Cherry Hill St, c 1760

4 Crane neck, West Newbury Ma: 1750 4 Crane neck, West Newbury Ma: 1750

13 Crane Neck, West Stockbridge MA 1748 13 Crane Neck, West Stockbridge MA 1748

WNB.17, Hale, Thomas House, 81 Crane Neck Rd, 1717

75_crane_neckWNB.16, Hill House, 75 Crane Neck St, 1729

81 Crane Neck, West Newbury MA, 1717WNB.17 Hale, Thomas House 81 Crane Neck Rd West Newbury 1717

WNB.18, 93 Crane Neck St, r 1720WNB.18, 93 Crane Neck St, r 1720

112 Crane Neck, West Newbury MA: 1775WNB.13 112 Crane Neck St West Newbury 1775-85

WNB.14, 147 Crane Neck St, c 1750WNB.14, 147 Crane Neck St, c 1750

155 Crane neck, West Newbury MA: 1720155 Crane neck, West Newbury MA: 1720

WNB.15, Sargent, Capt. John House, 175 Crane Neck St, 1701WNB.15, Sargent, Capt. John House, 175 Crane Neck St, 1701

WNB.123, Huse, John House, 2 Garden St, c 1729WNB.123, Huse, John House, 2 Garden St, c 1729

12 Garden St., West Newbury Ma, 177012 Garden St., West Newbury Ma, 1770

WNB.22, Bartlett House, 86 Garden St, 1770 WNB.22, Bartlett House, 86 Garden St, 1770

36 Georgetown Rd., West Newbury MA: 177136 Georgetown Rd., West Newbury MA: 1771

111 Indian Hilll, West Newbury MA 1700WNB.31 Sawyer House 111 Indian Hill St West Newbury c 1700-1780

135 Indian Hill, West Newbury WNB.34, Spruce Lodge, 135 Indian Hill St, c 1730

68 Main St., West Newbury MA, 1760WNB.38 68 Main St West Newbury c 1760-1826

84 Man St., West Stockbridge MA, 1710WNB.40 Noyes, David House 78 Main St West Newbury 1710-1826

WNB.42, Jacques House, 87 Main St, c 1700,WNB.42, Jacques House, 87 Main St, c 1700

WNB.43, 102 Main St, c 1760WNB.43, 102 Main St, c 1760

WNB.46, 124 Main St, c 1729WNB.46, 124 Main St, c 1729

WNB.47, 127 Main St, r 1750

WNB.48, Bailey House, 139 Main St, 1750WNB.48, Bailey House, 139 Main St, 1750

WNB.49, Chase, Samuel House, 154 Main St, c 1715WNB.49, Chase, Samuel House, 154 Main St, c 1715

WNB.52, 171 Main St, c 1700WNB.52, 171 Main St, c 1700

WNB.53, 175 Main St, r 1750WNB.53, 175 Main St, r 1750

178 Main St., West Newbury MA: 1752WNB.54 Carleton, Joseph House 178 Main St West Newbury: 1752

WNB.56, 199 Main St, c 1760WNB.56, 199 Main St, c 1760

WNB.62, Noyes, Enoch House, 220 Main St, r 1775WNB.62, Noyes, Enoch House, 220 Main St, r 1775

238 Main St., West Newbury MA: 1746 238 Main St., West Newbury MA: 1746

254 Main St., West Newbury Ma: 1720 254 Main St., West Newbury Ma: 1720

WNB.67, Follansbee House, 262 Main St, 1729WNB.67, Follansbee House, 262 Main St, 1729

WNB.70, Emery, John House, 279 Main St, 1729

WNB.85, 356 Main St, 1745WNB.85, 356 Main St, 1745

360 Main St., West Stockbridge, 1713 360 Main St., WestNewbury, 1713

WNB.86, 369 Main St, c 1720WNB.86, 369 Main St, c 1720

WNB.87, 386 Main St, 1710WNB.87, 386 Main St, 1710

WNB.93, March, Samuel House, 444 Main St, c 169WNB.93, March, Samuel House, 444 Main St, c 1690

WNB.94, 465 Main St, 1740WNB.94, 465 Main St, 1740

WNB.96, Sawyer, Dr. Enoch Jr. House, 476 Main St, c 1760

WNB.96, Sawyer, Dr. Enoch Jr. House, 476 Main St, c 1760WNB.176, Carr, John House, 495 Main St, 1729

WNB.181, Chase, John House, 503 Main St, c 172WNB.181, Chase, John House, 503 Main St, c 1725

WNB.183, Chace, John House, 505 Main St, 1699WNB.183, Chace, John House, 505 Main St, 1699

WNB.100, 558 Main St, 1740WNB.100, 558 Main St, 1740

WNB.105, 614 Main St, 1775WNB.105, 614 Main St, 1775

WNB.108, Morse, Timothy House, 628 Main St, c 1730

WNB.109, Tufts, Rev. John House, 750 Main St, c 1714WNB.109, Tufts, Rev. John House, 750 Main St, c 1714

760 Main St., West newbury MA: 1742 760 Main St., West newbury MA: 1742-1792

111 Indian Hilll, West Newbury MA 1700WNB.111, 772 Main St, r 1775

WNB.112, 774 Main St, r 1775WNB.112, 774 Main St, r 1775

WNB.113, Greenleaf, Capt. Jonathan House, 796 Main St, c 1729WNB.113, Greenleaf, Capt. Jonathan House, 796 Main St, c 1729

WNB.114, Greenleaf, Tristram - Greenleaf, Edmund House, 800 Main St, r 1750WNB.114, Greenleaf, Tristram – Greenleaf, Edmund House, 800 Main St, r 1750

WNB.115, Moody, Caleb II Paint and Harness Shop, 801 Main St, r 1700WNB.115, Moody, Caleb II Paint and Harness Shop, 801 Main St, r 1700

WNB.116, Moody, Caleb House, 803 Main St, 1658WNB.116, Moody, Caleb House, 803 Main St, 1658

810_main_west_newburyWNB.118, Huse, Thomas House, 810 Main St, c 1680

WNB.119, Richardson, William House, 820 Main St, c 172WNB.119, Richardson, William House, 820 Main St, c 1729

WNB.126, Huse, Abel House, 901 Main St, c 1729WNB.126, Huse, Abel House, 901 Main St, c 1729

WNB.127, Huse, Richard House, 905 Main St, 172WNB.127, Huse, Richard House, 905 Main St, 1724

WNB.142, 56 Maple St, 1760WNB.142, 56 Maple St, 1760

13 Mechanic St., West Newbury MA 1725 13 Mechanic St., West Newbury MA 1725

WNB.147, Johnson, Rev. William House, 38 Meetinghouse Hill Rd, r 1775WNB.147, Johnson, Rev. William House, 38 Meetinghouse Hill Rd, r 1775

WNB.148, Hale House, 157 Middle St, 1729WNB.148, Hale House, 157 Middle St, 1729

WNB.149, Bartlett, Richard House, 162 Middle St, 1726WNB.149, Bartlett, Richard House, 162 Middle St, 1726

WNB.154, Pilsbury, Joseph House, 374 Middle St, c 1729WNB.154, Pilsbury, Joseph House, 374 Middle St, c 1729

WNB.155, Davis, Nathaniel House, 406 Middle St, c 1750WNB.155, Davis, Nathaniel House, 406 Middle St, c 1750

WNB.156, 418 Middle St, c 1730WNB.156, 418 Middle St, c 1730

WNB.157, Chase, Thomas House, 5 Moulton St, 1731WNB.157, Chase, Thomas House, 5 Moulton St, 1731

102 Moulton St., West Stockbridge, 1729 102 Moulton St., West Stockbridge, 1729

6 Pleasant St., 1690 6 Pleasant St., 1690

8 Pleasant St., West Newbury, 1759 8 Pleasant St., West Newbury, 1759

9 Pleasant St., West Newbury MA 1740WNB.158 Marshall, John House 9 Pleasant St West Newbury  1740-1828

WNB.168, 71 Stewart St, c 1775

2 Training Field Rd. West Newbury MA, 1730 2 Training Field Rd. West Newbury MA, 1730

WNB.180, Bailey House, 8 Training Field Rd, c 1700WNB.180, Bailey House, 8 Training Field Rd, c 1700

10 Training Field Rd., West Newbury MA, 1720WNB.182 Pillsbury, Alfred House 10 Training Field Rd West Newbury c 1720

135-turkey-hill WNB.188, Brown, R. L. – Arrowhead Farm, 135 Turkey Hill Rd, c 1760

11 Worths Lane, West Newbury MA 1726 11 Worths Lane, West Newbury MA 1726

2 thoughts on “Colonial houses of West Newbury MA

  1. We own a west newbury house moved to newburyport from the parson’s wood neighborhood in the early 1970’s. It was build in the 1750’s by Samuel Emery, son of John Emery and Mehitable Short Emery. It would be nice to see houses moved from town included in the historic homes of the town instead of being lost forever.

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