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The Amesbury Hat Museum
"The Hattery" consists of a sampling of high fashion ladies' hats, men's hats, novelties and memorabilia produced by the Merrimac Hat Corporation. The Merrimac Hat Factory rose from humble beginnings in 1856 to become the largest maker of hats and hat bodies in the U.S. in 1946. For over 100 years the Merrimac Hat Corporation was a vital part of Amesbury's economy. Follow the story of this great American Industry through pictures and explore the reasons that the Merrimac Hat Corporation finally closed its doors in 1971.
The museum was located inside the Salisbury Point Railroad Museum in Water St. until the museums closed in 2015. Currently the hats are in storage. We expect to find a new location soon. This page will be updated when that happens.
(The hat museum is featured in the video on the Salisbury Point page)