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Essex County and the China Trade

  • Museum of Old Newbury 98 High Street Newburyport, MA 01950 (map)

On Thursday, April 14, Ipswich writer Doug Stewart will present an illustrated talk about the North Shore's role in the China Trade.  

Following the American Revolution, local sailing ships returned from the Far East brimming with tea, silk, and porcelain, making Essex County one of the wealthiest corners of the United States by 1800.  Stewart will highlight 19th-century Newburyporters with ties to the China Trade, including Francis Cabot Lowell, Donald McKay and Caleb Cushing.

Ipswich resident Doug Stewart is a freelance magazine writer whose stories have appeared in Smithsonian, Time, National Wildlife, and American Heritage. He is the author of The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare: A Tale of Forgery and Folly.

Reception at 6:30pm     Presentation at 7:00pm
Members: $5     Non-Members: $15
Please RSVP to or 978-462-2681

Western trading houses in Canton (modern-day Guangzhou) in 1804.
By William Daniell

Donald McKay, prominent Newburyport shipbuilder, c.1850-1855

Part of Newburyport Captain Jacob Stone's 54-piece collection of Canton china