A special exhibit on the history of Marblehead’s conservation efforts was planned for April 2020 in Abbot Public Library’s Virginia A. Carten gallery.  Like many special events, our plans were disrupted by COVID.  While the exhibit will be rescheduled in the future, we wanted to share a couple of images and a video to give you a taste of what’s to come.

The exhibit will display a collection of aerial photographs, maps, and a video presentation showing natural open space conservation during the development of Marblehead.

Aerial photographs offer views of Marblehead before natural open space conservation began, as well as closer looks at some of the earliest conservation sites and surrounding areas. For closer inspection selected photographs have been overlaid on a current map of the town to help viewers locate the sites. When the exhibit takes place viewers will also see detailed historical information on all the publicly accessible natural open space conservation areas of the town showing how the areas were obtained, when, and from whom.

The aerial photos overlaid on a map shown on this web page highlight several  conservation areas.  See if you can spot Hawthorn Pond, Robinson and Jermyn Farms, Turner Woods, and a corner of Seaside Park.  Click on the aerial photo and map image above to see an enlarged version, then imagine what this image will look like when it is printed 4 ft. wide by 3 ft. high. Every open space will be similarly highlighted when the exhibit takes place.

Visit the Conservancy’s YouTube channel to watch a two minute animation that shows how Marblehead grew and filled in, starting in 1636 and ending in 2018. As the town began to fill, far sighted individuals started a conservation movement to set aside natural open space for future generations. The video highlights each of the Town’s natural open spaces and shows the date that conservation efforts for a particular area began.

Click here to watch the video