Training Field Historic District

The Training Field, located near the geographical mid-point of Main Street, became the civic town commons. In 1841, the Town House (old Town Hall) was constructed at the southwest corner of the common. As early as the Revolutionary War, militia used the common for assembly; today, the Training Field contains memorials to West Newbury residents who served in conflicts through the 20th century. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, a carriage shop and a blacksmith shop were located at the north perimeter of the green. In the mid-20th century, some residents operated small shops and stores from their properties. For example, in 1947, teachers Dorothy and Ronald Gibbons made and sold candy from a shop located in the rear ell of 10 Training Field Road. The G.A.R. Library was constructed in 1939 and forms the western boundary for the area.

For a slideshow of images of the Training Field from the collection of Dot Cavanaugh, click here

Training Field Map

Training Field Historic Area Properties

MHC #

Name

Street Address

Construction Date

Style

Acreage

WNB.186

G.A.R. Library

490 Main St.

1939

Colonial Revival

.79

WNB.185

West Newbury Town Hall

491 Main St.

1842

Greek Revival/Italianate

.5

WNB.176

John and Elizabeth Carr House

495 Main St.

Pre-1729

Colonial

3.25

WNB.181

David and Sarah Chase House

503 Main St.

Pre-1841

Greek Revival

.37

WNB.183

John Chase House

505 Main St.

Ca. 1700

Colonial

.25

WNB.184

Samuel and Sarah Sawyer House

510 Main St.

Ca. 1803

Federal

.25

WNB.97

Joseph Z. and Vienna Gordon House

511 Main St.

Ca. 1852

Italianate

1.03

WNB.177

Moses Bailey House

2 Training Field Rd.

Ca. 1750

Colonial

.5

WNB.178

John N. and Mary Bailey House

4 Training Field Rd.

Ca. 1841

Federal

.5

WNB.179

Daniel Bailey Blacksmith Shop

6 Training Field Rd.

Ca. 1803

Federal/Greek Revival

.32

WNB.180

Daniel Bailey Jr. House

8 Training Field Rd.

Ca. 1752

Georgian

.5

WNB.182

Sally and Alfred Pillsbury House

10 Training Field Rd.

Post-1830

Federal/Colonial Revival

.9

WNB.920

World War I Memorial

Training Field

1919

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1.6

WNB.921

World War II and Korean War Memorial

Training Field

1953

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WNB.922

Town Pump

Training Field

1882

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