Way To The River Historic Area

By the end of the 17th century, approximately 300 people lived in the present-day West Newbury area.

Each Sunday, residents were required to travel to Newburyport for worship services. The distance became too great for some and in 1693, a group petitioned for permission to hire their own minister. By 1711, approximately 50 families lived within one-half mile of the First Parish meeting house and 96 families lived “above the Artichoke River.” By 1729, 181 houses containing 183 families lived in the area.

In 1759, land was purchased at 806 Main Street and a new meeting house was constructed. In 1840, a new building was constructed on the same site. Residents of the Way to the River Area were predominately farmers, with the exception of Moses Ridgway’s carriage shop at 801 Main Street.

Way To The River Map

 
Way To The River Historic Area Properties

MHC #

Name

Street Address

Construction Date

Style

Acreage

WNB.10

Samuel Rogers House – First Parish Parsonage

1 Chase St.

1823

Federal/Greek Revival

.55

WNB.109
WNB.248

Rev. John Tufts House
Barn

750 Main St.

Ca. 1714
Ca. 1920

First Period
No style

1.84

WNB.110

Nathaniel Hale House

760 Main St.

Ca. 1792

Colonial

7.0

WNB.111

 

772 Main St.

Ca. 1775

Colonial

.47

WNB.112

 

774 Main St.

Ca. 1775

Colonial

1.1

WNB.113

Capt. John Greenleaf House

796 Main St.

Pre-1729

Colonial

11.0

WNB.114

Tristram Greenleaf House

800 Main St.

Pre-1729?

Colonial

.55

WNB.115

Caleb Moody Carriage Shop

801 Main St.

Ca. 1850

No style

3.78

WNB.116

Caleb Moody House

803 Main St.

Ca. 1659

First Period / Colonial

1.5

WNB.117

First Parish Meeting House

806 Main St.

1840

Greek Revival

.20

WNB.118

Thomas Huse House

810 Main St.

Ca. 1700

Colonial

.68

WNB.119

Abraham and Harriet Dow House

820 Main St.

Pre-1830

Greek Revival

1.81

WNB.120

Charles and Julia Ordway House

832 Main St.

Ca. 1843

Greek Revival

1.0

WNB.121

Rufus and Susan Ordway House

836 Main St.

Ca. 1844

Greek Revival

.82