Marblehead Historical Commission debuts Abbot Hall scavenger hunt

The Marblehead Historical Commission is launching a new scavenger hunt at Abbot Hall to engage children, families and visitors. The year-round activity will be featured in this fall’s Trails and Sails events by the Essex National Heritage Area, Sept. 22-24.

Participants can find clue cards and pencils in the Select Board Room. The hunt is free and open to all ages.

The project was led by a team of volunteers, including newcomers to Marblehead. Jennie Cohen, who moved to town last year, used her media and website experience for the initiative. High school student Zara Monks also joined the team, creating answer code images for the hunt.

Built in 1876, Abbot Hall serves as both the town hall and a repository for Marblehead’s historical artifacts. The hunt will guide participants through the building’s first and second floors to find items such as a letter from George Washington, two small seaplanes, and a large bust of Elbridge Gerry, among other objects.

Those who need help can scan a QR code on the back of the clue card, which leads to the Marblehead Historical Commission’s website and provides an answer key.

For more information, visit or stop by the Select Board Room at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St.

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