It’s a wrap! Another great year of “If This House Could Talk”

Close to 90 Signs were on display this year for Yankee Homecoming’s annual “If This House Could Talk”. An added delight was the Heritage Tour Scavenger Hunt featuring many of the signs as clues. Great job by Ghlee Woodworth organizing that. Every year I am simply amazed at the sense of community and dedication to…

The “If This House Could Talk” FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about “If This House Could Talk” – but were afraid to ask. The Ten Point FAQ: What is it? A grass roots event where Newburyport residents put up a poster about their home, or their occupants (past or present).  Keep it visible during the week of Yankee Homecoming. How…

First Time? Here’s Three Easy Steps

“If This House Could Talk” is going on 6 years, and every year sees new homes with new signs, signs we’ve seen before, and repeat homes with different signs. And every year we get asked “What’s this all about? How can I participate? How can I come up with a story?” So let’s answer those…

Less than a month to go!

Celebrate getting through 2020, and be part f “If This House Could Talk – Newburyport” – only a few weeks left to get ready. Page thru this website to get more detailed info if this is all new to you. See the map to find houses that are participating during Yankee Homecoming. Add your house…

Learning how to research your house history…

One of the great things about the annual “If This House Could Talk” event is all the information that comes out on researching house histories. We had our first class this past week…and another is schedule for June 30. Sign up here: class.walknewburyport.com . Can’t make a scheduled time? Here are the notes (below).…and the…

Neighborhoods, Start Your Posters!

Well, Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021. While we didn’t miss a beat for the “If This House Could Talk” event in 2020, and planning for 2021 is already ahead of us: we’re doing it again! So dust off that old poster, start planning a new one, or even begin researching your home to create a poster…

And so year 5 ends, Pandemically Yours…

Wow. What a year. What signs! What a community! Like every year, it really never ends. The spirit of “If This House Could Talk” goes on. Some folks leave their signs up for a few more days, some for a few more weeks. It’s all up to you. There were lots of new signs, lots…

My South End Favs

Just took a quick bike around to some, but not all, of the south end signs. WOW! There’s less this year (after all – no tourists!) but some of the new ones are amazing! I have to start with Christopher Welch’s on Federal Steet – with a detailed description of the house, gardens, barn, etc….