Newburyport History


In late 2013, Newburyport became the 19th community in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to receive a 'Cultural District' designation. Settled in 1635 as part of the Newberry Plantation, the area is one of the most quaint, charming and historical cities in the nation that underwent a major restoration in the 1970's. Newburyport's reputation as an 'creative community' dates all the way back to its roots in the 1700's when Inn Street was known as 'Mechanics Row', and a congregation of 'artisans' and 'architectural engineers' proliferated the area.

The Great Fire of 1812 started in a stable on Mechanics Row and by the next day 16 acres and over 250 buildings were wiped out.

 Now, over two hundreds later, The Inn Street Artisans Revival, with its Artisan/Parks Initiatives, seeks to restore its inherited birthright and place, literally from the ashes of history.

The Story of the

Market Square Inscription

 "Pause O restless passers-by
Hear ye the lively stir of trade
Whilst echoes of freedom's fury
Rise above the reek of burning tea
Mingling with the brisk breezes of the sea."
--- Philip Stern

Birth of the Inn Street Artisans Revival

photo credit: Greg Nikas

Visionary/Artist John Brown brings Jack Frost back to Yankee Homecoming, the second longest running festival in the country, and creates the 1st Inn Street Artisans Revival Event in 2016. An announcement regarding a very special exhibit to celebrate the 4th Annual Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival 2019

The Jack and Jillson Frost Project

Artisans Revival 2019


He who works with his hands is a laborer. 

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. 

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” 

~ Francis of Assisi

 Artisan involvement is key to our sustainability. 

Artisans Revival Blog

Artisans Revival 2019

Calendar of Events


2019 Inn Street Artisans Revival Schedule Under Review for a Artisan/Parks Initiative.

More details shortly.

Show #1 – Spring Show

May 18th and 19th 

Show #2 – Memorial Day show

May 25th, 26th, 27th

Show #3 – Summer Show

June 22nd, 23rd

Show #4 – July 4th show 

July 6th 7th

4th Annual Yankee Homecoming 

Inn Street Artisans Revival

July 27th - August 4th

and Market Square Craft Day

Tuesday July 30th

Show #5 – Labor Day show

Aug31, Sept 1, Sept2nd

Show #6- Harvest Show

October 12th, 13th, 14th

No upcoming events.


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Artisans Revival c/o John Brown

P.O. Box 664, Newburyport, MA 01950

(978) 417-1987