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About NBPTMA.com

History your way not their way…

Help build an online free museum of local memories, share photos and documents so others can  remember the way  it was in”The Day.”    You are the historians who will help write this chapter in Newburyport History.  Remember if you don’t help write it “They will.”   – Then your history will certainly be lost forever!

My Newburyport could actually be your Newburyport! I love the history of this city, but how many books, websites, and museums can you read, and visit all delivering the same historical information. You know the usual suspects, such as Lord Timothy Dexter, William Lloyd Garrison and that woman who choked to death on a pea, but not to be confused with Dexter’s Pickle. Stay awake with me now as we are about to enter the 20th century.

Greatness and admiration in the eyes of a voyeur of someone, something or some place is wasted if you let time take it from you. More often then not, you are just one of many admirers of that special place. However, it is possible you could be the only one, and we may not want to go there with you. Seriously now, help me pack this site with local memories from the decades of Happiness, Love, Indulgence and Greed. The typical Newburyport experience was not that of Dexter and the Cushings. It was that of the common man and woman, many of which lived in the home you are in now.

Do we share the same Newburyport? Contribute, relive and help keep alive this time in Newburyport’s history. You are already a part of it!

Shawn Gearin

My Memory Years 1967-1994


North End

Shawn Gearin

FYI the locations of referenced businesses may or may not be located CURRENTLY at the locations we talk about. If you are using this site as a “find a pizza place” you may be purchasing clothes or knocking at a private residence when you get there. However, if known we sometimes give the present location.  Shawn Gearin is a former resident and Newburyport business owner.

This sight is continuously being updated.

When the time is right the purpose of this site is to document recent Newburyport History by its town folks.   I hope to print this site or drop off the entire electronic copy database to City Hall moments before my death in hopes someone will do the right thing with the information for townies in the 22nd century and beyond to enjoy!


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2 Responses to “About NBPTMA.com

  1. Dave Ryan on December 3rd, 2010 at 5:35 am

    In response to your Adventureland post:
    I grew up in Georgetown and remember the view from Route 95. I also wonder how many people confuse their memories of Adventureland with their memories of Pleasure Island in Wakefield, MA. When I am on Pleasure Island Road today, I often think of the Indian waving to us.
    I happened on the following obituary notice for the developer of Adventureland::


    May 01, 2009
    George Spalt, 87
    Harwich Port — George Spalt, 87, of Harwich Port and Tequesta, FL, and formerly of Loudonville, N.Y., died April 21, 2009, after a battle with cancer.
    Born in Albany, N.Y., on Sept. 9, 1921, Mr. Spalt graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, attended Clarkson University and graduated from New York Maritime Academy in 1945. He served in World War II as an officer in the Merchant Marines before returning home to start a career in real estate and development.
    Mr. Spalt was known for his zest for life and charismatic personality. His youthful outlook on life helped him develop several theme parks, including Adventureland in Newburyport, Cowboy Town in Plainville and Storyland in Hyannis. He loved boats and the ocean, and spent summers with family on Cape Cod. He also served on the board of the Stone Horse Yacht Club and the Harwich Port Tennis Club, where he enjoyed many lifelong friendships.
    He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn; children Patty and Dick Hopple of New Canaan, CT, James and Kristen Spalt of Barnstable, Sarah and Richard Muller of Royal Palm Beach, FL, Peter and Kara Spalt of Harwich Port, and Jennifer and Jack Robbie of Norwell; 21 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Esther Koreman and Virginia O’Leary, and brother Charles.
    A funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Trinity Church, West Harwich.
    Donations may be made in his name to Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod, 712 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601.


    Dave Ryan

  2. pj nichypor on December 19th, 2018 at 10:10 am

    I have a great story I’d like to discuss with you. It spans nearly 50 years. My head is still spinning after a discovery about a week ago that answers some questions. And at the same time, presents new ones and begins a whole different and complex, ‘Odyssey’…
    I’m not sure this is the best way to reach you Shawn. I hope it is. This ‘Is’ Newburyport history at its best and most intriguing!
    Do please email me about this.

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