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Formed in 1986, the Amesbury Carriage Museum is a 501(c)(3) history organization in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Our mission is to champion the history of Amesbury industry and people. We strive to do that by researching local history and offering programs and events for adults and families.


Set in Amesbury’s historic Upper Millyard, the Industrial History Center is our new venue dedicated to honoring the city’s industrial history. With construction completed in 2021, the Center offers programs that serve families, schools, and the community. The IHC is a vital addition to downtown, located in historic Mill 2 in Amesbury’s Upper Millyard

For many years, Amesbury has been home to a robust and diverse industrial economy. As early as 1640, operators used the flowing produced carriages  of high quality and for a reasonable price.

Other industries thrived as well including water of the Powow River to power their mills and saw logs, grind grain, weave textiles, make iron nails, and much more. By the 1850s, carriage making emerged as a significant industry. Amesbury makers produced carriages of high quality and for a reasonable price.

Over 100 businesses were engaged in all aspects of the carriage trade. Names like Bailey, Biddle & Smart, Briggs, Dennett, Ellis, Feltch, Folger & Drummond, Hassett & Hodge, Hume, Huntington, Lane, Miller, Osgood, Patten, Rowell, Walker and Wells dominated the trade.

In 2015, the museum received the collections of the Salisbury Point Railroad Historical Society which includes the 1870 Salisbury Point railroad station 11 (now standing in Heritage Park on Water Street n the Lower Millyard) and other Amesbury railroad-related artifacts.

Amesbury Carriage Museum

Most carriages are currently in storage.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact: Amesbury Carriage Museum, P.O. Box 252, Amesbury, MA 01913 Info: 978.834.5058

Open:Jan to Apr Open for appointments and events

          Apr 20 to Dec 14: Thurs-Sat 12:00 - 4:00


Carriages on view at City Hall and Health Center