The mission of the Amesbury Carriage Museum is “to champion the history of Amesbury industry and people.” Formed in 1986, the museum organizes public programs, walking tours and events that explore Amesbury history and connect people to the past. The museum does not have a permanent location — but uses resources throughout the city to present a regular series of programs that deepen understanding of the community.
For many years, Amesbury has been home to a robust and diverse industrial economy. As early as 1640, operators used the flowing produced carriages f high quality and for a reasonable price. By the 1890s Amesbury had earned the reputation as a major center for the carriage industry and became known as “Carriagetown.”
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. By the 1890s Amesbury had earned the reputation as a major center for the carriage industry and became known as “Carriagetown.”
Other industries thrived as well including manufacturing wooden automobile bodies, hardware, and hats. The downtown business district and nearby neighborhoods are filled with buildings that document this important history. The museum owns a collection of historic artifacts including Amesbury-built carriages.
And 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 in the Lower Millyard) and other Amesbury railroad-related artifacts.