The Newburyport Archival Center, “When You Are Engulfed in Flames”
At the close of the eighteenth century the social life of Newburyport was gay and attractive, with brilliant gatherings, luxury and refinement, culture and style, fine houses, dance parties, and elegant and generous hospitality.
The elephants from the circus once bathed in Frog Pond. Frog Pond at the Bartlet Mall has a long and illustrious history, in 1645 the first settlers from England named it Frog Pond.
Playgrounds were controversial in the early 1900s. One of the biggest concerns against playgrounds appeared to be that if there were large gatherings of young people, crime would be the result.