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Day 9: Marblehead. Zero miles

Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Today was our first rest day so I slept in and performed some much needed bike maintenance after several rain days and dirt/gravel paths. There was a light mist falling as I set out for a hardware store and wondered through the Historic District of Marblehead. The town dates back to the 17’th century when Isaac Allerton, a Pilgrim from the Mayflower, arrived in the area and established a fishing village. I walked past many homes dating back as far as the17’th century and happened into Abbot Hall which houses the original painting The Spirit of “76 as well as many exhibits commemorating the founding of the US Navy. George Washington commissioned a local shipyard to build the Hannah, the first warship in the US Navy. Many local’s enlisted to fight in the Revolutionary War. I would definitely recommend a visit to Abbot Hall, I even tried to walk up the hidden stairs to the clock tower but they had been closed off.

I next stopped into the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, currently managed by the Historical Society, and took the guide tour which I highly recommended. Lee was a wealthy merchant before the Revolutionary War and wished to show of his wealth with a massive Georgian style mansion, styled after the most popular houses in London. Lee’s wealth came predominately from shipping, he personally owned 23 ships and when he became a patriot he secretly used them to smuggle arms and supplies for the war. He would have been one of the signers of the Decleration of Independence, had he not succumbed to pneumonia why fleeing British guards attempting to arrest him.

The Old Town House was built in 1727 and was the used for all town commerce and political meetings until it was replaced by Abbot Hall. It was eventually raised onto a granite base that contained the police department and the jail. Today The Old Town House is used primarily to showcase historical exhibitions, it is also still used as a polling place.

I also visited the Old Burial Hill, where descendants of Wilmot Redd placed a memorial grave marker. Redd was hanged on September 22, 1692, after being convicted of practicing witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. The charge brought against Redd was one of having "committed sundry acts of witchcraft on bodys of Mary Walcott & Mercy Lewis and others in Salem Village to their great hurt." Her body was buried in a common grave whose location is now unknown.

We had an amazing dinner at 5 Corners Kitchen, 2 School Street

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