Marblehead, a coastal community of 19,808 residents some 18 miles north of Boston, is renowned as the Yachting Capital of America, the birthplace of the American Navy and is also famous for its contributions to the American Revolution and Civil War. Its quaint narrow streets with historic 17th and 18th Century buildings mirror Marblehead as it has existed since its founding in 1629.
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Marblehead Harbor has one of the finest displays of sailing craft anywhere and has been the starting and finishing port for many national and international races, including races between Marblehead and Kiel, Germany; San Sebastian, Spain; and Bermuda. An annual race between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Marblehead started in 1905 and the yearly mid-summer Marblehead Race Week competition, which dates to 1889, still attracts yachtsmen from around the world.
Although not among the town’s largest parks, Crocker Park and Fort Sewall are well-known for breathtaking views of the harbor. Marblehead also has at least six beaches. With over five acres of waterfront, Devereux Beach is the largest while Grace Oliver ranks among the smallest, less than one acre in size.
Marblehead has two distinct “Main Street” communities. The Atlantic Avenue Business District includes numerous shops and restaurants on School Street. The Historic District, which is considered one of the best preserved in the country, with a dense collection of colonial Georgian architecture, is filled with quaint boutiques, galleries and cafes.
Check out some of Marblehead’s best places to eat:
- 5 Corners – fresh handcrafted French-American food
- Jack Tar – lively neighborhood restaurant specializing in American cuisine and tasty drinks, among them American craft beers
- Casa Corona – authentic Mexican cuisine in an intimate setting or takeout
- The Landing – serves fresh local seafood from its home on Marblehead harbor; accessible by land or sea
- Crosby’s Marketplace - local grocery store chain offering conventional and organic fresh produce and a full-service meat department.
Marblehead's highly-regarded public school system includes four schools that serve students from Pre-K to Grade 6. The middle school is for students in grades 7 and 8. Marblehead High School has a teacher ratio of 13:1 and a graduation rate of 98%.
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