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Wenham Town

Wenham Town Hall is located at 138 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984; phone: 978-468-5520.

James Friend House, ca. 1697, 114 Cedar Street, Wenham, MA, National Register

Photo: James Friend House, ca. 1697, 114 Cedar Street, Wenham, MA. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Photographed by User:Fletcher6 (own work), 2010, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed September, 2017.

Beginnings [1]

First settled about 1635 Wenham was incorporated in 1643. Wenham Lake is remembered as the scene of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem, The Witch of Wenham. A boulder by the lake shore marks the site of Peters Hill, upon which the Reverend Hugh Peters of Salem preached the first sermon in the new settlement, choosing the text "In Enon near to Salem, for there was much water there." In the days of the clipper shops, ice from Wenham Lake was exported as far away as India.

  1. Writers Project, Works Project Administration, Pennsylvania, A Guide to the Keystone State, 1940, Federal Works Agency, John M. Carmody, Administrator
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