A lecture by David Moffat, Salem Historical Society.
Scheduling Note: At 12:45 PM, Salem Food Tours will present fresh spices and sweeteners used in early Colonial cooking. Lecture at 1 PM.
Hamilton Hall in Salem is widely recognized as one of the most important Federal buildings in America. It was designed in 1805 by the famous architect and master woodcarver, Samuel McIntire, and has been in use as an assembly hall for cultural and social events for over two hundred years. Long before Samuel McIntire was born, the area which is today the McIntire District was the fringe of downtown Salem, the area between the populous Salem Town and the Common Pasture and Salem Village beyond. Who lived in this part of town and what did the landscape look like? What traces remain in the McIntire District today of this early era of Salem’s history? This lecture will briefly examine patterns of land-use in Salem, some of the personalities of the district such as the angry Quaker Matthew Maule, and the Broad Street Cemetery, the Friends Cemetery, Hamilton Hall and the Pickering House.
David Moffat has worked at The House of the Seven Gables since 2012 as a senior tour guide and lead researcher. In his work there, he has co-authored three exhibits and two exhibit companions. He is a founding board member of The Salem Historical Society and their lead historian. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Essex Genealogist, a journal dedicated to the study of the genealogy of Essex County, Massachusetts and a board member of Historic Salem, Inc.
Presented as part of TRAILS & SAILS: TWO WEEKENDS OF WALKS AND WATER essexheritage.org/ts