John Cabot House and Beverly Historical Society
This historic mansion was built in the midst of the American Revolution and was willed to the Beverly Historic Society in 1891.
Cabot sold the home to the Beverly Bank in 1802, but continued to live in part of the home through a lease agreement. The Beverly Bank is still in operation, and is one of the oldest in the country.
Backstory and Context
At the start of the 17th century, the land that became Beverly was part of Naumkeag within the territory of the Agawam Indians. Colonists first arrived in what would become Salem in 1628 and began building homes. By 1635, colonists were building homes in the community that would eventually separate from Salem to become the community of Beverly. The harbor brought merchants to the community and during the Revolution, many of the most influential merchants and privateers who supplied the rebel American army were located in this region of Massachusetts. Beverly was the home of the first ship commissioned by General George Washington. In 1775, it was also the site of a small battle between naval forces and local militia.