Located along the mouth of the Merrimack River, Newburyport has long been a significant port city that bustles with waterfront activity in the summertime. The impressive Federal-style homes along the narrow streets closest to downtown are fine examples of New England tradition, and the city limits claim part of Plum Island, an 11-square-mile island off the coast named for the ample fruit that grows there.

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Newburyport, MA —
Smallest Coastal town in Massachusetts

It is the smallest coastal town in Massachusetts with less than 20,000 residents. Newburyport boasts an endless number of natural and manmade delights. In its early days, it had a refined knowledge of the world as a major shipbuilding center. Over the years since it has become a charming place, with an almost reverent sense of its past. It’s warm, red brick estates and elegant white mansions line the ridge of its main street, High street. But be ready to discover an unexpected architectural gem at virtually every turn of a casual stroll.

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