Beverly is a city in the North Shore region of Massachusetts. Dating back to the 17th century, Beverly has a long maritime history intertwined with resort, residential, and manufacturing roles that have helped defined the city as it is today. From the city's more urbanized western side to the rural estates of the east, Beverly possesses a diverse landscape that adds a number of different areas for visitors to explore.
In addition, Beverly also functions as a regional center of higher education, being home to both Endicott College and the Montserrat College of Art which help bring a collegial and cultured environment to the community. And while somewhat overshadowed by the communities of urban-hub Boston and witchcraft-infused Salem to the south, Beverly itself is an up-and-coming community with a number of theaters, cafes, shops, parks, beaches and historic locations that makes it well-worth a trip.
Having a varied landscape, Beverly is home to a number of different neighborhoods each with their own unique personalities and institutions.
There are roughly 10 neighborhoods:
- Downtown — The center of the city, and the most urban neighborhood, based mainly on Cabot, Rantoul, and Elliot Streets. Divided into the sub-neighborhoods of Goat Hill, Fish Flake Hill, and Prospect Hill. Home to the Cabot Theater, Montserrat College of Art, residences, and numerous businesses. Possesses the Beverly train station.
- Ryal Side — Suburban neighborhood on western side of the city. Mostly residential, but does possess some businesses on Bridge and Elliot Streets including the Ryal Side Plaza.
- North Beverly — Placid, mostly residential neighborhood with businesses scattered on main thoroughfares of Cabot, Dodge, Conant, Enon, and McKay Streets including the North Beverly and Commodore Plazas. Subdivided into the sub-neighborhoods of Raymond Farm, Cherry Hill, Folly Hill, and Apple Village. Possesses the North Beverly train station along with Beverly Airport.
- Gloucester Crossing — Semi-urban, semi-residential neighborhood, originally built-up for housing the workers at the Shoe. Somewhat rough around the edges in its residential part, it's also home to the Shoe's service-based and highly renovated successor - the Cummings Center.
- Shingleville — Small residential neighborhood, originally built-up for the middle management at the Shoe and named after the prevalent shingles used for the area's housing.
- Montserrat — Loosely defined, suburban, residential neighborhood. Home to the Sterling YMCA, Beverly Hospital, and Sally Milligan Park. Possesses the Montserrat train station.
- Cove — Suburban, relatively affluent (though not so much as the Farms), residential neighborhood. Home to Lynch Park, Endicott College (which uses several old mansions as part of its campus), and several beaches. President William Howard Taft once rented a summer home here, In the area that is now Lynch Park. More built up than the Farms and closer to the Downtown.
- Centerville — Suburban, mostly middle class, car-dependent neighborhood. Relatively wooded and isolated, it is close to Route 128 and has a small nucleus of stores centered on Hull St.
- Beverly Farms — Also known locally as simply the Farms, it is the most affluent and isolated section of the city; once tried to break away from the rest of Beverly in the 1880s but failed. Namesake of the glamorous Beverly Hills, California. Centered around a small village center of small shops on Hale and West Streets, with much of its area wooded and rural. Contains many large homes and old mansions on private drives. Possesses the Beverly Farms train station.
- Prides Crossing — A sparsely built-up, wooded neighborhood centered on a tiny cluster of buildings and anchored by a local eponymous pizza shop. Similar in nature to the Farms. Possesses the Prides Crossing train station, which is unsurprisingly only stopped at on peak times and is also home to a well-known eponymous candy store.
When to visit
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As stated on the Boston page, New England weather is unpredictable and becomes very cold in the winter and is prone to mild bouts of humidity in the summer. Beverly's weather is similar to Boston's; however, it is slightly cooler during the summer months, a factor which historically has proved influential to the decision of many Boston elites to locate summer homes along the "Gold Coast" on the shores of the Cove and Beverly Farms. Summer is thusly comfortable, with plentiful days of sunshine and nice days. Thus, it is in that season that the city truly shines and earns its moniker as the "Garden City," with many green parks and plentiful local flora and fauna.
When the summer heat does reach Beverly, respite can be found at one of the city's many beaches for swimming. Like the rest of the North Shore, keep in mind that the water will be cold no matter the season. If desiring a more dry summer pastime, the city often hosts different summer events including a monthly block party on Cabot Street for each summer month. Even with no events going on, Cabot Street in the summer is quite pleasant with many different shops and stores catering to foot traffic and cafes with outdoor seating.
In summer, a notable time to visit Beverly is during its annual Homecoming at the end of July and beginning of August. Events range from local performances, lighthouse tours, lobster eating, and are culminated by fireworks show over Beverly Harbor.
While summer is probably the nicest season to experience Beverly, it also is throughly pleasant in the autumn, with foliage peaking around mid-October, as well as in the springtime during May and June when the flowers come into full bloom. And if you plan to visit during the winter months, the Atlantic Ocean has a moderating effect on the temperature, causing the city to not get as cold or icy as areas inland. Visitors should be fine so long as they wear the usual seasonal clothes.
Originally part of Salem and the Naumkeag Territory, the area was first settled by Europeans in 1626 by Roger Conant. Because of religious differences with Governor John Endecott, Beverly would be set off and officially incorporated in 1668, when it was named "Beverley" after Beverley, the county town of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Surviving from the settlement's early history is the Balch House, built, according to dendrochronological testing performed in 2006, about 1679.
The first ship commissioned for the US military, by the US Army (the US Navy had yet to exist), was the armed schooner Hannah. It was outfitted at Glover's Wharf and first sailed from Beverly Harbor on September 5, 1775. For this reason Beverly calls itself the "Birthplace of America's Navy" – a claim disputed by other towns, including nearby Marblehead. The Hannah can be found on the patch of the city's police department.
Beverly has also been called the "birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution," as the site of the first cotton mill in America (1787), and largest cotton mill of its time. The town is the home of one of the country's first Sunday schools (which was built in 1810). Beverly was incorporated as a city in 1894.
In 1902, the United Shoe Machinery Corporation built a quarter-mile stretch of factory buildings in Beverly. The stretch was an early landmark example of reinforced concrete construction, devised by concrete pioneer Ernest L. Ransome. In 1906 it went into production. Closed in 1987, the complex was bought by Cummings Properties in 1996, and developed into a campus of hi-tech companies and medical offices. Parker Brothers, makers of Monopoly and other games, has offices in Beverly. The city is also home to the Landmark School, known worldwide for the education it provides for students with learning disabilities.
President William Howard Taft rented a house for the summer White House from Mrs. Maria Evans in Beverly. In the summers of 1909 and 1910, he lived in a house located at what is now the site of the Italian Garden in Lynch Park, the city's principal public park, and in 1911 and 1912 he rented a different house a mile away, "Parramatta", from Mrs. Robert Peabody. Beverly Hills, California, was named in 1907 after Beverly Farms in Beverly because Taft vacationed there.
The city, during the Cold War, also once hosted a Nike missile site near Beverly Airport. In addition, the water at Wenham Lake used as the city's primary water supply has for centuries been known for the purity of its ice, being at one time given a royal warrant as the ice used by Queen Victoria.
Beverly is served by Route 128 exits 18-22 which connects the city to the rest of the greater Boston area.
MBTA bus 451 travels between Salem train station and North beverly via Cabot or Tozer Street.
Take the Newburyport/Rockport line on the MBTA  Commuter Rail. For a small city, Beverly has an astonishing five train stations within its borders which make the community well-connected. These stations are the Beverly, North Beverly, Montserrat, Prides Crossing, and Beverly Farms stations, so if one needs to get around Beverly it may be beneficial to do so by train.
Beverly is served by Beverly Regional Airport, a city owned, public use airport in the northwestern part of town. Open to general aviation, there are typically no scheduled commercial flights; however, it is technically catagorized as a reliever airport by the NPIAS to relieve small aircraft from Logan Airport and has been known to take the occasional charter plane.
For all commercial flights, please refer to the Boston page for Logan International Airport.
Depending on the neighborhood, Beverly can be navigated by a variety of transportation means. In the city's downtown, walking is reccomended as there is much to see on a walk up Cabot, Rantoul, or Loring Streets. Biking is also encouraged. Both means of transportation have recently been encouraged the the city, with Beverly planning on making its center more bike and walk friendly in the near future.
If traveling to the neighborhood of North Beverly, Montserrat, Prides Crossing, or Beverly Farms from the downtown, as stated before each of them posses an eponymous train station that makes it convenient to move around. Keep in mind that, having so many train stations, some of these neighborhood stations are flag stops during non-peak times. In addition, Prides Crossing station has the third lowest ridership on the entire MBTA, so trains ONLY stop there at peak times when flagged. If at a non-peak time and going to Prides Crossing via train, stop at Beverly Farms station instead and make the short walk east. Also keep in mind that Newburyport/Rockport line splits into the Newburyport and Rookport branches after Beverly station, with North Beverly being on the Newburyport branch and Montserrat, Prides Crossing, and Beverly Farms, being on the Rockport branch, so make sure to get on the right train to where you need to go.
For the more isolated neighborhoods such as Centerville or the outer reaches of Beverly Farms, it may be advantageous to travel by car. However, in nice weather travel by bicycle is a pleasant if strenuous form of transportation as the isolated wooded roads of the aforementioned neighborhoods can make for an enjoyable ride.
- 1 Balch House - Historic Beverly, Rt. 1A, ☎ . One of the oldest standing timber-framed houses in America, dating to at least 1679. Operated by Historic Beverly. Open for tours during summer months. $5 adults, $4 Seniors, free for children under 16.
- Cabot House - Historic Beverly, 117 Cabot Street, ☎ . Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 am – 4 pm, Wednesday 1 – 9 pm, Thursday, 9:30 am – 9 pm. Closed all Sundays & Holidays.. Tu-F 10AM-4PM, Sa 12-4PM. Closed all Sundays & Holidays. One of the first brick structures built in Beverly, and once home to the headquarters of the Beverly Bank. Open year round. $5 adults, $4 Seniors, free for children under 16..
- 2 Cabot Street Cinema Theatre, 286 Cabot St. Stately old theater - built with frescoes, filigrees, golden dome, and full balcony - dating to 1920. Once home to Le Grand David, the longest-running stage magic show in the world, which sadly had its last show in 2012 after 35 years. Functions as a performing arts center, "The Cabot," offering a mixture of film, music, and performances.
- 3 Fish Flake Hill, Front St (between Cabot St and Bartlett St overlooking Beverly Harbor). This oldest section of Beverly was named a Historic District in 1971. Its historical significance is as a major fish-drying location and the former residence place of several prominent sea captains, including Revolutionary War privateer Hugh Hill.
- Hale Farm - Historic Beverly, 39 Hale Street, ☎ . Closed all Holidays. Built in 1695, and added on to over the years by the Hale family until its sale to the Beverly Historical Society in the 20th century. Open for tours during summer months. $5 adults, $4 Seniors, free for children under 16..
- Long Hill. Atlantic Monthly editor Ellery Sedgwick purchased the 114-acre Long Hill in 1916 and the house was built in 1921 with bricks from an early mill in Ipswich. Now managed by the Trustees of Reservations, the property also contains formal gardens, 2 miles (3.2 km) of hiking trails, woodlands, meadows and an apple orchard. The 5 acres (20,000 m2) of cultivated gardens and 100 acres (0.40 km2) of woodland grounds are open to the public daily.
- 222 Cabot Gallery and Studios, Second Floor, 222 Cabot St., ☎ . 5-7pm, Thursday. 11am-2pm, Saturday. Local art gallery with a mission to create opportunities for artists and creative professionals to exhibit their artwork and host events geared toward holistic collectors in Beverly and surrounding communities. Hosts monthly exhibitions.
- 4 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Rd, ☎ . The largest non-profit professional theater in New England with its 26 acre Dunham Woods campus. Arranged the largest non-profit professional theater in New England. Laid out as a 1500 seat signature theatre-in-the-round, it presents Broadway quality musicals, concerts and Kids Shows.
- United Shoe Machinery Co., 181 Elliott Street (Now the Cummings Center.). Built in 1903-06 and affectionately remembered by locals as the Shoe, it is ranked by architectural historians as one of the most significant industrial landmarks in the United States. It was the largest concrete reinforced structure in the world until 1937. The main buildings comprising the site are now home to the Cummings Center, which contains exhibits and memorials to the once ever-present city employer.
- North Shore Charters, 43 Water St., ☎ , , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fishing for striped bass and other gamefish. Keepers guaranteed.
There are numerous shops to visit in Beverly, especially along Cabot Street which is home to comic book store Paper Asylum, bookstore Cabot Street Books & Cards, and chocolatier Winfrey's Fudge & Chocolates. Cabot Street is also home to several clothing and consignment stores such as Worthy Girl and The Golden Hangar, housed in a historic building at Ellis Square. A block away from the Montserrat School of Art, goods & gifts shops Field House and Good Neighbor have recently opened at the center of the city and sell a creative array of items.
Elsewhere, in North Beverly there is the North Beverly Plaza, a center of commerce for decades home to Staples, Modell's Sporting Goods, The Paper Store, Dressbarn, Gamestop, and more. Further north, there is Commodore Plaza which is home to a branch of Edible Arrangements, athletic supply store New England Running Company, and across the street from dressmaker Over the Rainbow. Also in North Beverly, there is Barbara's Hang-Up a picture frame shop highly visible from Route 128 and the highly acclaimed bookstore Annie’s Book Stop.
There are numerous places to eat in Beverly (including over seven competitive pizza places) but here are a few of the most prominent:
- Anchor Pub & Grille, 20 Cabot St, ☎ . Weekdays 6:30AM–1AM. Weekend 8AM–1AM. Reasonably priced, rustic seafood haven with a bar serving as a popular local hotspot.
- Marika's Restaurant, 199 Cabot St (At the center of the block between City Hall and the Baptist church.), ☎ . 7AM–2PM Wed-Fri, 7AM-1PM Sat-Sun, Closed Monday & Tuesday. Personable and comfortable family-owned diner in the heart of Beverly serving up traditional American and German cuisine, and presented by "Marika" herself. Breakfast and lunch on weekdays, with exclusively breakfast cuisine all day on weekends.
- Nick's Roast Beef, 139 Dodge St, ☎ . 10AM–11PM. Open since 1975, this counter-serve eatery specializes in locally famous hot roast beef sandwiches.
- Soma, 256 Cabot St, ☎ . 11AM–1AM Weekend 8AM–1AM. Popular Cabot Street landmark with a distinctive Brave New World inspired name serving a blend of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.
- The Beverly Depot, 10 Park St, ☎ , fax: . 4PM–12AM. Rustic mainstay offering an array of seafood, steaks & a salad bar in a historic 1890s train station.
- A&B Burgers, 206 Cabot St, ☎ . 10:30AM-10PM, Sun-Thu. 11:30AM-12AM, Fri. 10:30AM-12AM, Sat.. Hip and trendy burger spot serving lunch and dinner on Cabot St. Street-side retractable garage windows open up onto the street during warmer weather.
- The Indo, 298 Cabot St. Aye, it's the olde Irish pub.
- Beverly Farms Bed & Breakfast Inn, 28 Hart Street, ☎ .
Beverly is generally a very safe community, with a violent and property crime rate below the state average. In daytime, you should feel safe walking pretty much anywhere in the city.
The neighborhoods of Gloucester Crossing and Downtown near Rantoul/Park Streets are somewhat rougher and grittier than the rest of the city, so it may be advisable to take caution in those areas at night. Still, the chance of a violent crime committed on someone, especially a visitor, is quite low.
- Take Route 1A or Route 97 north to Wenham, home of the Wenham Museum and Gordon College.
- Drive on Route 128 or Route 127 east to Manchester-by-the-Sea, home of Singing Beach, or go further to the seaport towns of Gloucester and Rockport on Cape Ann.
- Go south on the Veterans Memorial Bridge or Kernwood Bridge to Salem, famous for its 1692 witchcraft trials and annual Halloween celebration.
- Go west on Route 128, Route 62, or Conant St. to Danvers, home of the Liberty Tree Mall and the actual location of the 1692 witchcraft hysteria.
|Routes through Beverly|
|Gloucester ← Manchester ←||N S||→ Danvers → Peabody|
|Newburyport ← Wenham ←||N S||→ Salem → Boston|
|Essex ← Wenham ←||N S||→ END|
|Concord ← Danvers ←||W E||→ END|
|Haverhill ← Wenham ←||N S||→ END|
|Rockport ← Manchester ←||N S||→ END|
|Boston ← Salem ←||SW NE||→ Hamilton/Manchester → Newburyport/Rockport|