The spring season is a great time to enjoy all the state of Massachusetts has to offer. A great way to enjoy Massachusetts is to take a scenic drive on a nice sunny, spring day. As a listed location on the National Registry of Historical Buildings, we wanted to write a blog on some of the nearby historic buildings that are great to swing by on a Sunday drive!
Massachusetts is the birthplace of America. From the pilgrims landing here to the start of the Revolutionary War. The Isaac-Davis trail, which begins in Acton, was pivotal in the success of the United States in the Revolutionary War. On this “trail” which is mostly paved now with roads accessible by vehicle, you will see numerous historical homes that have been preserved since the 1700’s! Nearby, you can drive by Wrights Tavern which was operating during the Revolutionary War and played a role in aiding Patriots during the war. It is now an exhibit of the Concord Museum. Within Concord, there are an additional 27 National Historic Sites! See the Wikipedia page to see the rest of the sites.
Salem is infamously known as the town that held witch trails back in the 1800s. The city of Salem has more than 40 registered Historic places! In addition to a rich and interesting history, Salem is on the coast which makes for a beautiful drive along the ocean. Be sure to stop by the John Ward House which is one of the oldest homes in the US! Constructed in 1684, the John Ward House is now a part of the Peabody Essex Museum. Downtown Salem also offers restaurant and shops to round out the rest of your Sunday drive!
Plymouth is a Massachusetts South Shore staple and where the Pilgrims land in 1620. In addition to seeing Plymouth Rock, be sure to check out Cole’s Hill. This National Historic Landmark contains the first cemetery used by the first pilgrims. It is nearby Plymouth Rock and is a public park which boasts ocean views. A great place to hold a picnic after a drive. Like Salem, MA, Plymouth has a bustling, yet quaint, downtown area great to explore during a spring afternoon.
In addition to stopping by Exchange Hall, Acton has a few more locations that are on the National Historic Registry. The Jones Robin House is located on Great Road and was one of the largest Farmhouses in Acton during the 19th century. It is currently an art gallery which is open to the public on Saturdays from 10 am- 5 pm.
Since New England has such a rich history, Massachusetts isn’t the only place you can see a historical site. New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont all have numerous historical sites that are nearby and can make for great drives during the spring. See their linked Wikipedia pages above to see some historical locations to visit!