Patriot’s Day – Part II

The Lexington Monument exists today because a group of citizens recognized the importance of a permanent memorial to the fallen men of April 19, 1775. In 1834, led by John Upton, a committee was formed make it happen. The local community responded with generous...

April 19, 1775 – Part 1

Due to continued concerns over COVID-19, there will be no in-person commemoration of Patriot’s Day. However, we will devote April’s Postcards of Peabody’s Past to virtually recognize the sacrifices made that day. “Eagle Corner and...

Women’s History Month

From the Collection of the Peabody Historical Society and Museum Mary Upton Ferrin was born on April 27, 1810 in South Danvers (now Peabody) to Jesse Upton and Eliza Wyman Wood Upton. Jesse Upton ran the Upton Tavern, from our last email, until 1825.Mary Upton married...

The Upton House and Tavern

Print to represent the Upton House in the 1660s.The History of Salem, Volume 3, by Sidney Perley, 1924, Page 351. The Upton House, Circa 1900 The Upton House, Circa 1915 The Upton House, 2021, Via Google Earth 735 Lowell Street in West Peabody has a long and storied...

Celebrating Black History

February is Black History Month. Carter G. Woodson, a distinguished Black author and journalist, advocated for a Black History Week in 1924. Woodson felt that the lives and accomplishments of Black Americans were not being properly recorded or celebrated. This idea...

Racing through West Peabody

From 1947 to 1962, the West Peabody Speedway captivated audiences with stock car races, demolition derbies and even llama races! Just to name a few! Ticket Stubs, Circa 1960 Boston American, September 5 , 1958 Food Stand, June 27, 1953 Boston American, May 13, 1960...