UPDATE: Due to the phased opening plan laid out by Governor Baker we will not be allowed to open until PHASE 3, which means we will remain closed to the public through June 2020. We are working on a plan of re-opening that will keep our volunteers, and our visitors as safe as possible. Thank you for your patience, and support during these uncertain times.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced at the end of April that the state’s stay-at-home advisory had been extended through Monday, May 18. This means that we will not be able to open on weekends in May like we previously planned and that our May 16th reenactment is cancelled. We will remain closed to the public through May and will wait to make a decision about June until more information becomes available to us.
We also want to remind locals, and those who have been showing up to walk around, that we do not allow people to visit ANY part of our site when we are closed, this includes people who have previously used our site as a cut through to the Danvers Rail Trail or Collins Street. Thank you for understanding, and we hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe during this uncertain time. We hope to be open as soon as it is safe to do so.
We had planned to send out our Spring/Summer Newsletter a couple weeks ago but due to the shutdown of non essential businesses regarding COVID-19, we have decided to upload the Newsletter here, instead of mailing it out to our membership. If you are not a member please consider joining, as one of the membership perks is our newsletter, along with free admission to the Museum, and all of our special events. Click here to join!
Please note that since we are unsure of the length of time that Massachusetts will be on advisory, we are still planning on going forward with all planned events until further notice. Please follow us on Facebook as well to keep up to date on all of our upcoming events, and any changes the the schedule.
The Danvers Alarm List Company and His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of foot are working together to host a “Spring tactical at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead” on May 16th. This day long event will have three tactical demonstrations put on by reenacting organizations from all over New England. There will be colonial life demonstrations in the house, performance by the 4-H Fife & Drum Core, and a couple lectures. Alex Cain, owner the “Historical Nerdery” Facebook page/blog and “Untapped History Tours” will be doing a lecture called “Heads of Families and Men of Substance: the Rise of the Minute Men in the Merrimack Valley, Essex County Massachusetts” and the second lecture will be by Russ Davis, and will focus on he role of Pioneers in the British Army, and what soldiers were required to carry.
is event will be open to the public, May 16th from 10:00am-4:00pm. Due to COVID-19 , this event has been cancelled
Children (6-16) $6.00
10:30-11:15–1st Tactical Demonstration
11:30-12:00–Lecture by Alex Cain
12:15-1:00–2nd Tactical Demonstration
1:00-1:30–Lecture by Russ Davis
2:30-3:00–Performance by 4H Fife and Drum
3:00-3:45–3rd Tactical Demonstration
Between 1:30-2:15 no activities are planned while the reenactors take a lunch break “Nooning”. Feel free to wander through the house, or talk to the reenactors around the site during this time.
This #GivingTuesday we are raising money for Danvers Alarm List Company Inc the owners and operators of the Rebecca Nurse Homestead. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. And on GivingTuesday Dec 3, Facebook will match a total of $7 million in donations first come, first served. Thank you for your support!
The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is a private non-profit house museum owned by the Danvers Alarm List Coy. It is an entirely volunteer group of 18th century living history reenactors that portray the militia, minute and alarm companies of Danvers and surrounding communities, as they existed in the 1774-1775 timeframe. The Alarm List Coy. presents its impression to the public through demonstrations, exhibitions, parades, living history encampments and battle reenactments.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO OUR GIVING TUESDAY CAMPAIGN
Just a reminder for our visitors, our last days that we will be open this season will be November 23rd & 24th from 10:00am-3:00pm
We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the many people who helped support the Nurse Homestead in so many ways over the course of this year! As we prepare the property for the upcoming winter weather we please ask potential visitors and locals to keep a few things in mind…
For the safety of you as a visitor, and and the safeguard of our historic property, we do not allow visitation of any part of the property while we are closed for the season (this includes locals who have previously used the property as a walking trail or shortcut to Collins Street or the Rail Trail), and ask that you be respectful of this. We will be unable to honor any visitor requests from December-February and will welcome special visitor requests again starting in March (weather permitting and upon volunteer availability). Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding, of the limited resources of our volunteer run site.
Check back with us in the Spring for all of our exciting 2020 EVENTS!
Due to lack of electricity, and some damage from the recent storm we will be closed tomorrow while we try to clean up downed trees and branches that have fallen all around the property. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to reopen on Saturday October 19th. Please check back on our Facebook or here for more information.
Paranoia. Power. Witchcraft. The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is proud to partner with The Revolutionary Theatre Company to present Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth on the Meeting House Stage. Believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607, we are using Shakespeare’s original text to explore themes from the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria that happened almost one hundred years later. A cast of sixteen actors present the tale in our reproduction of the Salem Village Meeting House. Please also join us before the show September 21st for “Scotland to Salem” a round table discussion with Danvers Alarm List Company president Kathryn Rutkowski, Rebecca Nurse House Caretaker Candice Dawes, and Macbeth director Thera Driscoll for further discussion on the Witchcraft Trials, Shakespeare, and our unique venue.
Shows will be at 5pm on Sept. 21st & Sept. 28th & 4pm on Sept. 22nd & Sept 29th. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite and at the door.
September 28th & 29th—Trails & Sails Weekend in partnership with Essex Heritage For more information visit TrailsAndSails.org
- September 28th 10:00am-4:00pm—Atlatl Days The technique of using an atlatl or spear throwing stick is an ancient global technology. Join the Eugene Winter Chapter of Mass Archaeological Society, as they teach you the finer points of hunting a wooly mammoth or wooly rhinoceros in the ancient world! Fun and educational for all ages. Learn about tools that Native Americans in Danvers made and used.
- September 28th & 29th 10:00am-3:00pm—Digging for History Become an archaeologist for the day! The Homestead was at the center of a summer archaeology program, run by the University of Southern Maine and Phillips Andover Academy, teaching students of all ages how to become archaeologists. Now it’s your turn! What will you uncover? On Saturday September 28th as a special addition there will be a demonstration on drone mapping and 3D modeling.
- TRAILS & SAILS events are alaways FREE but to enter the Rebecca Nurse House and other buildings will still apply.
Dan Gagnon (Danvers Alarm List Company Board Member and Rebecca Nurse Homestead Tour Guide) will present on his research into how victims of the Salem Village Witch-Hunt were memorialized in the centuries following 1692. He will trace the story of how the Nurse Family and the Danvers community constructed the first memorial to anyone ever executed for witchcraft in the United States, while across town the descendants of Jacobs did not even erect a headstone over his grave. Admission for this lecture is $5 & Tickets will be available at the door
November 16th 10:00am-4:00pm—Annual Historic Holidays Event
This year’s theme and programming is TBD but check out our Facebook and Website for more details.
Due to a family medical emergency, we will not be open for tours today, August 29th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for understanding.
Museum will be closed Saturday July 20
The National weather service has announced an excessive heat warning through Sunday July 21st. Where the Nurse Homestead buildings are period correct to the 1600’s and have no Air Conditioning, we have decided it would be unsafe to conduct tours of the buildings and grounds. We apologize for the late notice, we hoped the weather would break and would be able to open as scheduled. Please follow check for potential closure on Sunday July 21.
A Revolutionary War Reenactment weekend at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead!
The time is sometime in the summer of 1774 to early 1775. The Port of Boston has been closed in retribution for the Boston Tea Party. The countryside is rising up and the courts in Worcester County have been closed.
There is talk of raising minute companies alongside of the regular militia, and “warlike stores” are being gathered, stored, the moved and stored again. Patriotic citizens are doing their part by casting musket balls, rolling cartridges for muskets and cannon, making shirts and
stockings, tents, knapsacks, and cartridge pouches.
Meanwhile, alarmed by the rising of the “country people” General Gage is gathering intelligence from local loyal subjects, and sending patrols of Regulars into the countryside for “exercise”, and to try to locate and seize military stores. Cannon and powder were taken from Charlestown and Cambridge, and there was a patrol that was turned back by local militia at Salem, and there are rumors of a raid not far from John Adams; home in Braintree – could Danvers be next?
This event will be open for public viewing
May 18th 10:00am-3:00pm
May 19th 10:00am-3:00pm
(Please check back here or on Facebook for updated schedule of events)
PLEASE NOTE: The regular guided tours of the Nurse Homestead will not be available this weekend, instead we will have reenactors in the house interpreting colonial life.
Children (6-16) $5.00