We're just 3 miles from the Salem line, and 4 from the Salem wharf and witch area. You'll be in the heart of Old Town Marblehead just 200 yards from the Boston Yacht Club, co-sponsor of the Halifax Race. Surrounded by houses built in the 1700’s and 1800’s it's one of the nicest parts of the old village. The house you’ll be staying in was built prior to 1717. Walk through the back gate onto Crocker Park and enjoy swimming off the park’s float, fishing off the rocks, viewing the harbor and its 5 yacht clubs or take in one of the many Marblehead cultural events which take place on the park during the year. Crocker Park is one of the centers of activity for the Marblehead Arts Festival.
This is where I grew up and my parents lived for 50 years. The suite includes a sitting room, 3 bed rooms, kitchenette, bath with large walk-in shower and a large deck overlooking the back yard and back of Crocker Park.
Out the front door to the left you can stroll about 200 yards to the Boston Yacht Club, The Lafayette House, The Lee Mansion, The King Hooper Mansion and Marblehead Arts Association, or the little Marblehead Museum. Abbot Hall, home of the “Spirit Of 76” painting is just up the hill on the green. Down the other side of the hill and your in the newer part of town with restaurants, shops, the “Y”, a bank or two, and other commerce.
If you go to the right out the front door about 300 yards you’ll find the wharf and several restaurants, all good, all eclectic; The Landing, The Driftwood, Maddie's Sail Loft, Jack-Tar American Tavern, The Muffin Shop, and Foodies Feast. Just up the street is the old center of town filled with little shops, stores, and of course the “Old Court House”. Walk some more and you’ll find yourself at Fort Sewall, beside Screaming Lady Beach. By the way, our beaches in this part of town have no sand! They are made of small rocks. Large rocks too!
From there you’re within spitting distance of the old Barnegat area, Gas House Beach, Graves Boatyard (one of them, the other is in back of The Landing Restaurant), Fountain Park and Old Burial Hill, the oldest graveyard in New England. (Redd’s Pond is just over Old Burial Hill and you might see some folks sailing elaborate model sailing yachts there!) If you decide to walk that way and you’re in the mood for some lobster to take back to the house, (the shell crackers are in the kitchen), Call on my friend MIKE at MARBLEHEAD LOBSTER, tell them “John” sent you. He won’t give you a discount but he’ll probably say I’m a nice guy! Call them before you go and have them cooked for you. They are the best for boiled lobster in my book.
If you venture this way you’re close to a few more sights, one’s the view of Little Harbor and little beach in front of Marblehead Lobster. Across the water is the back of Fort Sewall. Among other sights are Black Joe’s Pond, Black Joe’s Tavern, and another little beach. By the way, if you went into the Barnegat area 200 years ago you’d find;
“the roughest neighborhood. During "Election Week" in May, slaves were given their only legal holiday on Wednesday, and the schools closed so that all citizens could turn out to see the soldiers training… According to Marblehead Historian Joseph Robinson, "a more uncouth assemblage of ruffians could not be found anywhere.", web, Pp; 11 & 13: legendinc/Pages/MarbleheadNet/MM/Articles/BlackJoe
Well, that was then. Now it’s a sleepy little neighborhood of old houses. Black Joe’s Tavern is still there on Gingerbread Lane although now a residence it has a sign marking it. "Joe Frogger" cookies, Black Joe's namesake, are still sold around town. The pond you’ll see as you approach the top of “Gingerbread Hill”. The old tavern is just on the down side. At the end of the lane is Grace Oliver Beach, just to the left. There’s some good exploring on the road that goes around "Peache's Point" to the left of the beach, but mind you, you’re about 1.5 miles from your bed now and the end of that road is the width of Marblehead, 2 miles. It’s a nice walk but up hill.
My Grandfather bought the house in the 30’s and the family started staying here during the summers, later to live here year round. The “new” outhouse that my Grandfather bought my Grandmother for Christmas one year still stands in the backyard. I grew up here on the second floor as a child. It’s remained one of our favorite places for my wife and me.
Some of the things we love about the location are that you seldom use a car. This part of “Old Town” is primarily a walking village. Crocker Park, probably the most popular park in Marblehead due to its location on the harbor, is right out the back gate. The Boston Yacht Club is a few hundred yards down the street. Multiple views of the harbor, restaurants, stores, shops, museums, arts, sights and entertainments are all within a few minutes’ walk
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