Mary Baker Eaton is a professional artist, her artist name is Mary Baker, she has been represented by four New York City galleries and is in collections throughout the United States.
Mary moved to Newburyport in 1981, about a decade after the restoration of the city’s historic downtown. By the time she drove down High Street and parked at the real estate office on Green Street, she knew that Newburyport was home, the Tannery was not in existence then and neither was Maudslay State Park. Newburyport was a hidden gem that not very many people knew about. Since 1981 Mary has watched the city dramatically change.
Daily News of Newburyport, Mary Baker Eaton, October 2002
Historic Preservation Award, Mary Baker Eaton, for the fight to save High Street, 2001
In 1999 Mary joined the fight to save High Street against its destruction by MassHighway (now MassDot), the grassroots activists who saved downtown Newburyport from wholesale destruction were her models and her heroes.
The Boston Globe article on the Newburyport Blog, September 17, 2006, by Kay Lazar
In 2006 Mary Baker Eaton started the Newburyport Blog to get people interested in local politics and historic preservation, it has also chronicled the town’s substantial evolution since that time.
The Daily News of Newburyport article on the interactive history map, Feb 4, 2020, by Jack Shay
In 2019 Mary started a mapping project called “Newburyport – Keeping the Story Alive,” which maps Newburyport’s historic stories, houses, and places, with photos, paintings, videos, old maps, history, and anecdotes. This website is an extension of that map. And also the website serves as a vehicle, as Newburyport deals with a present-day global pandemic, to look back and see what an incredibly resilient city we have been, to see how Newburyport has changed over the centuries, and to read about many of Newburyport’s forgotten stories, some with happy endings and some not.
Corner of High and State Street, The Snow Collection, The Museum of Old Newbury