Settled in 1635
The town of Newbury originally included what are now Newburyport (until 1764) and West Newbury (until 1819). In the beginning the town was called the First Parish of Newbury. Early settlers were largely involved in agriculture and stock herding. As the townspeople spread along the Merrimack River, some built wharves and docks where shipbuilding as well as domestic and foreign trade flourished. Eventually, these waterside people petitioned the General Court and became a separate town.
Today the Town of Newbury is mainly residential with three distinct areas of the town; Byfield, Plum Island, and Old Town. Byfield was mainly a mill village centered around the falls where where Central Street now crosses the Parker River. The nation’s first preparatory school was founded in Byfield in 1763; The Governor’s Academy (formerly Governor Dummer’s Academy) is one of the premier private schools in the country.
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Many residents of Newbury live on Plum Island. The northernmost portion of the island is part of Newburyport, a section is part of Newbury, while other uninhabited areas are part of the towns of Rowley and Ipswich.
Old Town Newbury is home to beautiful examples of fine antique architecture and a village green reminiscent of the area’s agricultural history. One thing is true throughout all three areas of Newbury, there is an abundance of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, whether at the beach, hiking conservation land trails, boating on rivers, sounds, marshes, and the ocean or just taking in the beautiful, picturesque views of the area.
Newbury, MA is located in Essex County, approximately 32 miles north of Boston along the Atlantic Ocean and is bordered by Newburyport to the north, West Newbury, Groveland and Georgetown to the west, and Rowley to the South.
Size: 26.5 square miles
Average Home Cost: $467,717*
Tax Rate (Fiscal 2014): $11.52 per thousand
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*Data collected from MLSPIN based on single family sales during the 12 month period from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.