“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newburyport in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Watts’ Cellar

1630 - 1930

Watt's Cellar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Tiernan, October 8, 2011
1. Watt's Cellar Marker
Inscription. Near this spot was "Watts Cellar," a landmark before the settlement of Newbury in 1635. An excavation used for the storage of fish by fishermen who visited the New England coast.
Erected 1930 by Massachusetts Bay Colony-Tercentenary Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Massachusetts Bay Colony—Tercentenary Commission Markers marker series.
Location. 42° 48.707′ N, 70° 52.239′ W. Marker is in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on Merrimac St., on the left when traveling east. Click for map. This marker is at the side of the "Newburyport Firehouse", a popular and well-known civic center. Marker is in this post office area: Newburyport MA 01950, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coast Guard Bicentennial Marker (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Lloyd Garrison (about 800 feet away); Newburyport Sailor's Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dalton House (approx. mile away); Edward Rawson (approx. one mile away); Newbury
Watt's Cellar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Tiernan, October 8, 2011
2. Watt's Cellar Marker
Here the marker can be barely be seen amidst the trees and shadows around the Firehouse and busy sidewalk.
(approx. 1.1 miles away); The Large Packet Ship Dreadnought (approx. 1.2 miles away); Approach to Carr's Ferry (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newburyport.
Also see . . .
1. Watts' Cellar and reality. In short, fourty-seven years after this marker was erected, the exact location of the cellar is still unknown. (Submitted on October 9, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts.) 

2. Historical Markers Erected by Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission (1930). Original 1930 publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of Tercentenary Commission Markers, commemorating the three hundredth anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Submitted on October 14, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 504 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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