The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage), in keeping with its long tradition of supporting the region’s unique cultural heritage, announced the 2016 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program recipients at the Commission’s Spring Meeting in Newburyport on April 14. Over the next year, the 20 grant recipients will be working to implement a diverse range of educational, interpretive, and preservation projects throughout Boston’s North Shore. The City of Beverly, in partnership with Beverly Heritage Project, was awarded a $2,000 grant to restore the Beverly Powder House.
It is hard to overstate Nathan Dane’s impact on U.S. history. A son of Beverly, Dane was known variously as an influential delegate to the Continental Congress, the “Savior of Harvard Law School,” and the “Father of American Jurisprudence.” Less known was his 1808 construction of a powder house in which to store the town’s gun powder, firearms, and other military supplies. Long neglected and surrounded by a densely settled residential neighborhood, the brick structure is the subject of a restoration effort befitting its status as the last eight-sided powder house standing in New England and the second oldest publicly owned building in Beverly.
(Left to Right) Timothy Felter, Essex Heritage Treasurer; Lance Daly, Project Director, Beverly Heritage Project, Priscilla Walsh, City of Beverly Grants Director; Paul DePrey, Superintendent, Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites; and Annie Harris, Essex Heritage CEO