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Georgetown 2012

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Welcome to Georgetown
Founded as part of Rowley in 1639, Georgetown has long been proud to stand alone as an independent, self-sufficient town with a unique history. Early settlers found rich pasture land in the area of Penn Brook, near Elm Street and Union Cemetery. Homes and a village quickly sprang up along this corridor. It became known as the West Parish of Rowley, but by 1838, the village had created its own identity and was witnessing a population boom. Residents successfully petitioned to split off as a separate town. By then, industry was beginning to thrive in the once-agricultural town, with more than a dozen mills producing a variety of products. And, like other villages in the area, shoemaking became a lucrative trade that employed many people in several factories around town, as well as some who built small shoe shops in their yards. Georgetown’s gradual growth saw another boom in the mid-1800s, when a rail line was laid through the town and Georgetown became a stop on the new mass-transit system. The old line has long since been abandoned, but its route can be seen clearly and is being considered as the path of a rail trail that will link Georgetown to Newburyport. Georgetown has long been proud of its independent nature. Its school system has remained independent, unlike other towns in the area; its historic downtown has steadily expanded over the years; and its social and service organizations continue to thrive. No wonder it is one of the fastest-growing towns in the region, according to the latest U.S. Census.

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Georgetown Square is home to a diverse range of businesses from a gas station, antique shops and an Irish pub.

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georgetown schools
Carol M. Jacobs, superintendent Office: 51 North St. 978-352-5777

School Administration

Perley Elementary School

51 North St. Built 1900; rebuilt after 1935 fire; renovated 1997 Margaret Maher, principal 978-352-5780 Serves prekindergarten, kindergarten, and grade 1 Total enrollment: 317

Penn Brook School

68 Elm St. Built 1972; renovated 1998 Dr. Donna Tanner, principal 978-352-5785 Serves grades 2, 3, 4, 5 Total enrollment: 517

Middle/Senior High School

11 Winter St. Built 1961; renovated 1998 Peter Lucia, High School principal Brian Gill, Middle School principal 978-352-5790 Serves grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Total enrollment: 818

town services
1 Library St. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Friday 978-352-5755 (administrator’s office) Most of the town’s core departments — like health, planning, assessors, inspectors, town clerk, tax collector — are located in Town Hall. Not all departments are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; some have reduced hours. For a full list of town departments and office hours, visit http://www.georgetownma.gov.

Town Hall

474 North St. Erie 4, a privately run fire company, serves as Georgetown’s second fire company. Its firehouse is located near the Newbury border. The association depends largely on donations to fund itself. First Congregational Church, Andover Street. 978-352-8443 The senior center is open Monday–Wednesday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Erie 4 Fire Company

Senior Center

Police & Fire Department

47 Central St. Emergency phone: 911 Police business phone: 978-352-5700 Fire business phone: 978-352-5757 Georgetown’s fire and police stations are located together in the same building, located next door to Town Hall, in downtown Georgetown.

Municipal Light Company

94 Searle St. 978-352-5730 Georgetown is one of a small number of communities in the state that relies on a locally run power company to provide electricity to residents and businesses. The office is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., MondayThursday, closed Friday.

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historic sites

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Brocklebank Museum, Georgetown Historical Society

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historic sites Brocklebank Museum, georgetown historical society
108 East Main St. Open: Second and fourth Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m., July through Columbus Day The historical society’s property contains several buildings, chief among them the Brocklebank-Nelson-Beecher house, believed to have been built in the late 1600s. The land on which the house stands was granted in 1661 to Samuel Brocklebank, a surveyor who had come from England to Rowley as a child in 1638. The house remained in the Brocklebank family until 1754, when it was acquired by Dudley Tyler for use as a tavern. The museum house contains numerous artifacts related to Georgetown’s history, including the “Haunted Meal Chest,” which gained its unearthly reputation from its alleged ghostly movement whenever a servant girl’s dress brushed against it. The phenomenon lasted only a few weeks but made a lasting impression on all who witnessed it. Visitors can look down through a viewing panel to the cellar where a secret “slave hole” was built during the days of the Underground Railroad. This room is believed to have been constructed by the Rev. Charles Beecher who was a fervent abolitionist. Also on display is an original slave collar similar to those worn by captured runaway slaves.

goodrich Massacre site
North Street On Oct. 23, 1692, the only Indian raid in what is now Georgetown occurred. Benjamin Goodrich, his wife and two daughters were killed, and a third daughter was taken captive. A sign marks the site.

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historic sites
Sedler’s Antique Village has been a draw for visitor’s to Georgetown.

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erie 4 engine

474 North St. Engine on display at all hours Erie 4 fire company, formed in 1854, claims to be the oldest private fire brigade in the nation. Its name derives from its pump engine, a used Hunneman Hand

Tub that was purchased by the men of the company. The name Erie No. 3 was painted on the hand tub, and it was decided to adopt the name, and as Erie was the fourth owner, to call both the hand tub and the association the Erie No. 4. The hand tub is on display next to the fire station, in a building with a large glass wall that allows the engine to be viewed at all times of the day and night. Erie 4 is a privately owned, nonprofit corporation and serves Georgetown as one of its two fire engine companies. Its upstairs hall is available for rentals. Georgetown Town Hall basement A Revolutionary War cannon said to have been salvaged from the British brig Nancy, which was captured by the fledgling American Navy on Nov. 29, 1775, off Gloucester. The Nancy’s cargo, consisting of 2,000 muskets, 100,000 flints, 30,000 round shots, 30 tons of musket shot, and a 13-inch brass mortar was a huge boost to the American Army. The authenticity of the cannon has caused controversy over the years, as Rowley claims to also possess the original “Old Nancy” cannon.

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what to do georgetown days
Third week in September This townwide fall festival and celebration packs a lot of activities into a weekend. Among the events is a farmers market, tours of Harmony Cemetery, an open house at the fire department, free admission to Brocklebank Museum, an arts and crafts fair with live music, a book sale at the library, a beer tasting and sidewalk sales. Each year special events are added to the schedule, which will be released during the summer.

summer concerts

Sunday evenings, July and August Every summer American Legion Park hums with free concerts at the Kiwanis Ice House Pavilion. A full schedule of events will be posted this summer.

Black swan country club
258 Andover St. 978-352-SWAN (7926) www.blackswancountryclub.com/

Located off Route 133, the country club includes a par 72, 18-hole golf course, a driving range, full service pro shop, a function hall and Keons restaurant and bar. The club has a limited number of membership slots, and it is also open to the public on a fee basis for 9 or 18 holes. Fees range from $22 to $48, depending on day of the week and number of holes played. Reduced rates available for senior citizens and youths. Golf cart, pull cart and club rentals are also available.

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what to do georgetown Fish and game association georgetown community education
978-490-0088 www.georgetown.k12.ma.us/Defaultaspx? alias=www.georgetown.k12.ma.us/gce Offers a wide variety of enrichment classes to children and adults in areas such as cooking, fitness and art. Fees vary. The program is run through the Georgetown Public Schools. Most classes are held at Georgetown Middle High School.

Lake Avenue 978-352-9831 www.georgetownfishandgame.com/ A private sportsman’s club located on the shores of Pentucket Pond, founded in 1948. The club offers a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, target practice, trap shooting, hunter education and gun safety instruction.

camp leslie, 4h camp

georgetown country gardeners

West Main Street 978-352-8060 www.campleslie.org A 4H residential and day camp for children ages 7-14, located on the shores of Pentucket Pond. The camp offers a variety of summertime programs. Rates vary, depending on length of stay and whether children choose the day program or the overnight stay in the camp’s rustic cabins.

The club unites local gardeners in an effort to beautify the town and provide help to fellow organizations. For example, the club landscapes and maintains park flower beds, traffic islands and the Welcome to Georgetown sign, holds workshops on gardening and makes centerpieces for the Kiwanis Club’s annual dinner for senior citizens. The club meets the fourth Monday, September to June, at the First Congregational Church on Andover Street.

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what to do Knights of columbus
www.georgetownkofc.org/ The Frank Meader Council 6064 club belongs to the national Knights of Columbus Catholic fraternal organization. Its purpose is to support the Catholic church and make the community a better place. Meetings are held monthly. People interested in becoming members should contact Tom Parisi at 978-352-8880.

georgetown Peabody library
2 Maple St. 978-352-5728 georgetownpl.org/

georgetown education Foundation

www.georgetowneducationfoundation.net The foundation is dedicated to providing expanded opportunities in science, technology and the arts to the students of Georgetown Public Schools. The foundation raises money through membership and a variety of events it holds throughout the year. For more information on membership, contact: info@georgetowneducationfoundation.net

The town’s library contains a large collection of books and periodicals, a children’s room and a variety of programs for youths and adults, as well as DVDs and museum passes. The library’s hours are as follows: Monday: 2-8 p.m. Tuesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday: 2-8 p.m. Thursday: Closed Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday: Closed The library is closed Saturdays in July and August.


Pentucket Pond in Georgetown.

american legion Park

beach and a pavilion where concerts are Prospect Street/Pentucket Avenue held in the summertime. The park also has Open dawn to dusk restrooms and a food stand. American Legion Park is the town’s waterfront recreation park, located about camp denison a quarter-mile from the center of town. 84 Nelson St. Open dawn to dusk It includes a wide variety of recreational www.campdenison.com opportunities: baseball field, tennis and The 36-acre camp, maintained through basketball courts, playground, a freshwater

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a partnership between the town and state, offers a wide variety of passive recreation, as well as camping. Day use includes trails, picnics, bird watching, horseshoes, shuffleboard, grill sites, a playground, pavilion, observation benches and a basketball court. Tent sites and a lodge are also available, at varying rates. The lodge can be rented for day use or night use at reasonable rates. stretches along Georgetown’s northern border with Groveland, West Newbury and Newbury. Maps are available online.

Pingree Farm Road This 1,112-acre state forest is along both sides of Interstate 95. Parking is accessed by Pingree Farm Road off Route 97. Recreational opportunities include hiking, horseback riding, hunting (with restriccrane Pond wildlife tions), mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. A footpath Management area bridge over the highway allows access to both sides of the forest. Thurlow Street Trail maps are available online. At 2,100 acres, the Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area is an enormous pristine area of woods, swamps, trails, old roads, lufkin’s Brook stonewalls and varying terrain. It’s not priAccessible from Andover Street, marily intended as a park for humans, but Pine Plain Road and West Street the trail network is extensive. Wildlife is Lufkin’s Brook is a large conservaabundant, and evidence of beavers can be tion area along the Boxford town border. found throughout. Many areas of the trail There is an extensive trail system through network are flooded. forests and lowlands. Trail maps are availThe area, managed by the state, able online.

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churchs BAPTIST
New Life Community Church, 186 East Main St., Georgetown, 978-352-6771. Service: Worship service, 11 a.m., Small Groups, Children’s Learning Time, 9:30 a.m. (all ages), Adult Learning Time, 9:30 a.m. Fellowship time with refreshments, 10:30 a.m. Byfield Parish Church, 1 3 2 Ja c k m a n S t . , Georgetown, 978-3522022, Web address, Byfield Parish.org. Service Sunday, 10:45 a.m. Child care provided. MORMON Sunday School for ages Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3 through adults at 9 a.m.; Children’s Choir, Jewett Street, Georgetown. Sacrament 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Meeting at 9 a.m. Sunday School at 10:10 Ju n i o r / S e n i o r H i g h a.m., Priesthood and Relief Society, 11 a.m. Enrichment on first Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Bible study, 7 p.m.; Thursday, Adult Bible For more information, contact Charles study, 7 p.m.; Adult Choir, 7 p.m.; Monday, Lambert at 978-462-2471. Women’s Bible Study, 9:15 a.m.



St. Mary Church, 94 Andover St., Georgetown, 978-352-2024, www.SaintMaryParish.org, e-mail, Rectory@parishmail.com. Masses: Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Georgetown; 11 a.m., Georgetown; Daily Mass: Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.

First Congregational Church, 7 Andover St. (Route 133), Georgetown, 978-352-8443. Handicapped-accessible by elevator. Service, Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Child care provided. Church School through eighth grade at 10:30 a.m. Senior High and Middle School youth groups meet twice monthly; musical groups meet weekly — Bell Choir, Senior Choir, Junior Choir and Band.

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