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 | email@example.com - 781-780-1890
Administrative & General Info: Martha Chapman | firstname.lastname@example.org - 978-526-7230
Archives (Volunteer): Christine Virden, Sue Parker | email@example.com
Intern: Matthew Swindell
Volunteers: John Huss, Lynda Griffiths, Pam Nelson
President: Rus Brown
Vice President: Matthew Genta
Secretary: Sue Thompson
Treasurer: Dick Macklem
Philio Wigglesworth Cushing
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.