Bartlet Mall Winter Carnival
am to 3:00 pm
Sledding, Skating, Snowboarding, Snowshoe Demonstrations,
Hayrides, Music, Food, Fun and a Whole Lot More!
your team in the Human Sled Dog Race.
by the Newburyport Parks Commission and Newburyport Youth Services
with the generous help of The Newburyport Bank, The Newburyport Mothers’ Club The
Institution For Savings, Amesbury Sports Park &
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THE BARTLET MALL
historic Bartlet Mall, located in Newburyport, Mass., is a beautiful
park featuring a large recreational area and ornamental pond. It
was first shaped thousands of years ago by ice which broke off a
retreating glacier. When the ice finally melted, it left a steep-sided
gully that geologists call a kettle hole. In 1645 the first settlers
from England named the water at the bottom of the kettle hole "Frog
Pond". Here they watered thousands of their sheep, which grazed
on the ridge above.
The common land around Frog Pond was dug out for its sand and gravel.
It also became the site of a windmill (the millstone lies near the
path along the south rim) and the long wooden shed of a ropewalk
bordering High Street. In 1744 the southerly side was leveled to
form a "Trayning Field" for the militia companies which
soon would fight in the revolutionary war. After the ropewalk was
torn down, Nathaniel Tracy, merchant and privateer owner, was authorized
in 1779 to plant shade trees on the vacant site. The shift from
gravel pit to park continued in 1800. Captain Edmund Bartlet and
friends undertook to fill an unsightly gully. They also converted
the ropewalk site into a promenade, patterned after London's famous
Pall Mall. It was renamed "Bartlet Mall".
1805 the Superior Court House, designed by the renowned architect
Charles Bullfinch, was built. In 1834 volunteer workers extended
the walkway around the western rim above the pond. They also implanted
turf in the embankments above and below the path. Professional landscaping
(plans by Charles Eliot) was sponsored in 1889 by the Mall improvements
Society, which left the paths and lawns much like you see them today.
City Improvement Society and other citizens continue to keep an
eye on this area and to offer a helping hand. For two centuries
the Mall has been a place for special activities: skating, sliding
on snowy slopes, picnicking, community celebrations, festivities
& quiet contemplation. All of these doings have made the Mall
a special place for all of us.
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