The Museum

Since 1925, we’ve been housed in the 1823 Abigail Hooper Trask House. What began as the Manchester Historical Society (1886) became, in 2014, the Manchester Historical Museum, where you may find a collection of objects, paintings, and archives pertaining to Manchester and its past.


As an organization, our mission is to encourage an interest in the history of Manchester-by-the-Sea, to maintain a museum house with archives and collections, and to advocate for and interpret the town’s past.


Manchester 1772! Exhibit

A Small Fishing Town On The Eve of Revolution

Come time-travel 250 years back to Manchester and its people and their work,

an authentic fish-yard for curing salt codfish, many pictures, video, and fishing gear.



Director & Curator: Robert Booth | director@manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org - 781-780-1890

Administrative & General Info: Martha Chapman | info@manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org - 978-526-7230

Archives (Volunteer): Christine Virden, Sue Parker | archives@manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org 

Intern: Matthew Swindell

Volunteers: John Huss, Lynda Griffiths, Pam Nelson


Executive Committee

President: Rus Brown
Vice President: Matthew Genta
Secretary: Sue Thompson
Treasurer: Dick Macklem

Board Members

Martha Chapman
Philio Wigglesworth Cushing
Mike Garvey
Constance Leahy
David Lumsden

Axel Magnuson

Stan Magnuson

Susan Parker

John Round

Amy Snodgrass

Rebecca Campbell

Remarkable History of the Museum’s Abigail Hooper Trask House (1823)

This house was the only one in Massachusetts built for a self-made unmarried woman! Abigail Hooper (born 1788) was 35 at the time, and the proprietor of the town’s leading store. In 1829, after marriage to a shipmaster, she doubled the size of the house and added a columned side porch and a handsome frontispiece (since removed). She resided here for the rest of her very long life, which ended in 1885 in her 97th year.