Downtown Amesbury is defined by the brick mill buildings that line the Powow River. These historic buildings – some nearly 200 years old – are home to a variety of businesses, studios and residential spaces. Forty years ago the millyard was in disrepair and many buildings showed the heavy wear of continual use or neglect. The process of preserving and revitalizing the downtown required vision and planning to create the area we know today.
Former Director of Community and Economic Development, Joseph Fahey will present a special lecture describing the process of saving and redeveloping the Amesbury millyard, a project that began in 1979. Fahey led the process of recovery and will share his stories of this successful urban renewal project.
Renovating the Amesbury Millyard will begin at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24 (doors open at 6:30 pm) at the Amesbury City Hall, located at 62 Friend Street, Amesbury. The event is free and open to the public. Donations to support the museum’s program series are welcome.
Renovating the Amesbury Millyard is the fourth annual Bailey Family lecture, a special program organized by the Amesbury Carriage Museum and named in tribute to the Bailey Family who for generations has been leaders and supporters of the Amesbury cultural community.
The Amesbury Carriage Museum is a non-profit organization with a mission to champion the history of Amesbury’s industry and work life. The museum operates without a permanent home, but is developing a museum in the Amesbury millyard. For more information and a calendar of events, please visit the museum website – www.amesburycarriagemuseum.com or contact John Mayer, Executive Director, Amesbury Carriage Museum by calling (978) 834-5058 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lecture is free and open to the public and will be presented at Amesbury City Hall, 62 Friend Street. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the lecture will begin at 7:00 pm.