Newburyport – Newburyport Bank has donated $1,000 to the John Greenleaf Whittier Home and Museum in Amesbury. Located on Friend Street, the classic New England farmhouse is where John Greenleaf Whittier lived from 1836 until his death in 1892. It is also where Whittier wrote most of his prose and poetry that established him as an icon in American literature. Today, the home not only serves as a National Historic Landmark, but it also plays an important role in the region’s contemporary literary scene.
The home/museum was built in 1829 and the classic New England farmhouse retains the décor and structure as Whittier and his family knew it during that period. The upkeep of an almost 200-year-old structure is essential and the donation from the Bank will serve to do just that.
“One can never underestimate the impact that John Greenleaf Whittier has had on American life,” said Lloyd L. Hamm Jr., President & CEO of Newburyport Bank. “The Whittier Home and Museum is where he composed all of his prose, and it’s incumbent upon all of us to preserve that for future generations. We’re pleased to be able to support keeping it as a pristine structure for all to come, see and learn.”