Amesbury Women: Their Daily Life at the Turn of the 20th Century

Local author Edith Maxwell will present the special lecture exploring the experiences of Amesbury women and their lives in the decades surrounding the turn of the 19th century.


Local author Edith Maxwell will present a special lecture exploring the experiences of Amesbury women and their lives in the decades surrounding the turn of the nineteenth century. At the time, the town was bustling with carriage factories, textile mills and other workshops, and farming and ship building thrived in outlying areas. Maxwell draws on her research and the writings of others and brings in vignettes from diaries and oral histories of lifelong residents to tell the story of daily life through the experiences of Amesbury women.

Edith’s lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the Amesbury Senior Community Center, located at 68 Elm Street, Amesbury. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited – be sure to arrive early.

Edith Maxwell is the award-winning author of the Amesbury-based historical mystery, Delivering the Truth as well as the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, including Called to Justice and Turning the Tide. Her crime stories based in the late-1880s, feature the fictional Amesbury midwife Rose Carroll, have been nominated for prestigious awards. She is a 30-year member of Amesbury Friends Meeting, a docent at the John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum, a member of the Amesbury Carriage Museum, and the Bartlett Museum, and a proud resident of Amesbury for six years.

This program is sponsored in part by the Amesbury 350 Steering Committee, a group of residents, artists, and business owners who have planned a year-long celebration for the city. For more information and a calendar of events, please visit or contact John Mayer, executive director, Amesbury Carriage Museum by calling 978-834-5058 or via email at

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