Colonial-era houses of Merrimac, Massachusetts

Stories From Ipswich

Merrimac sits on the Merrimack river abutting the southeastern border of New Hampshire. Settled by the English in 1638 as a part of Salisbury and later as a part of Amesbury around the village of Merrimacport, it was known throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as an agricultural and fishing community, with a small amount of shipbuilding. When Amesbury separated from Salisbury in 1666, Merrimac was referred to as the West Parish of Amesbury, or simply West Amesbury, although it was unincorporated.It was incorporated on April 11, 1876, and became a manufacturing center. This town center features brick buildings and Victorian architecture of the late nineteenth century. The following list of houses built during the Colonial era is from listings on the MACRIS site, and includes photos from the Amesbury Patriot Properties database. Thanks to Alexander R. Cain for additional information.

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33 Church Street. The front of this house dates to the Federal…

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