National Geographic : 1951 Jun
0 National Geographic Society 716 Marblehead's Elm-arched Streets Have Tales to Tell of Colonial Days Pre-Revolutionary mansions dot this Massachusetts town. Several, now museums, recapture the flavor of sails and wooden ships. Old town lies across the harbor; the near shore is Marblehead Neck. Cornwall and Channel Islands fishermen settled here in 1629. Their descendants helped fight our sea battles in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Most of the U.S.S. Constitution's original crew were Marblehead men. For its patriotism, the port paid the price of blockade and economic prostration. When other cities won its maritime trade, Marblehead returned to prominence as the "yachting capital of the eastern seaboard."