Walking and Driving Tours
Download MHM’s New Mobile Tour of Manchester
Manchester Historical Museum is now offering a free mobile tour of Manchester-by-the Sea to use on your mobile device or computer. Learn about the history of our town from its colonial farms and fishing times to the furniture making era and on to the Gilded Age. Visit 16 sites that include historic buildings and lovely outdoor spaces within the town’s center and the outskirts.
Download the app to your mobile device from Apple or Google app stores. Just type in Manchester-by-the-Sea Tour and install. Using a QR code reader on this QR symbol can also bring you to the app. This feature uses Google maps GPS to help you locate your position and all the site locations. You can also use the linkto use the tour on your computer.
Self Guided Walking Tours of Historic Manchester, MA
to download or use on your mobile devise
A limited number of booklets of these three walking tours of historic Manchester are also available at the museum.
The West Walk
Central Street, Bridge Street, Ashland Avenue, Bennett Street
Starts at the Town Common and includes the First Parish Congregational Church (1809) as well as several of the buildings that comprised Manchester’s original commercial center. The houses from Bridge Street to Ashland Avenue reflect the emerging affluence of the town and include outstanding examples of Greek Revival architecture. Along Ashland Avenue, there are several “stunning Victorian houses, and Bennett Street, the oldest ‘byway’ in town, was once an important thoroughfare to Beverly and points west.
The East Walk
North Street, Washington Street, Union Street
The North Street houses provide a glimpse of architectural styles ranging from Queen Anne to Georgian to Second Empire. Washington Street, the old road to Gloucester, valued for its views of the waterfront, is lined with fine 18th and 19th century houses and the 1661 Cemetery. Union Street boasts the Abigail Hooper Trask house, built in 1823 and now serving as the headquarters of the Manchester Historical Museum; houses of varying sizes and styles; an early 1900s commercial building; and the handsome HH Richardson Romanesque style public library (c. 1887).
The North Walk
School Street to Rosedale Avenue
Beginning with commercial buildings on either side, the majority of the tour includes houses that are real historic and architectural gems. Also included are the Union Cemetery, established in 1845 and containing graves of some of Manchester’s leading citizens, and the granite Crowell Chapel, built in 1902 and designed to look like an English Gothic church.
North Walk – click to open