Trails & Sails

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We will have details on our 2017 Trails & Sails event by June 30th. Please check back!

Our 5th Annual Trails & Sails 

Saturday, September 19th, 2015,

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Treasures of the Lynn Public Library


Come visit Lynn’s “temple of books”, the Lynn Public Library and learn about its many literary AND non-literary treasures:


  1. Four 17-ton Corinthian columns—each carved right here in Lynn from one solid piece of Indiana limestone. At the time of construction, the largest stones ever lathed in North America.
  2. Learn the meaning of entasis.
  3. Its larger than life painting of Charles Sumner, a Senator from MA during the Civil War
  4. Its one-of-a-kind Saugus pot—the first casting made in America, Saugus Ironworks, c. 1642.
  5. Its mounted dinosaur head in the children’s room
  6. Computer robot
  7. Oversized columnated wooden conference table made from a single piece of maghogony installed prior to the building’s completion
  8. Six floors of closed stacks with glass floors never before open to the public
  9. Signed document by John Hancock
  10. The Awakening of Ignorance mural in reading room (34 x 15 feet) on a single canvas

The treasures are too numerous to mention. Even those who frequent the Library will be surprised to see and hear about this history! Tours will be conducted by Theresa Hurley, Chief Librarian.


2014–Pine Grove Cemetery

Link to article written by Chris Stephens of the Lynn Item.


 Among many others, here is a list of some

graves of interest.

Online maps of the full cemetery and smaller areas.

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Our 2012 Trails & Sails was a great success! 


Sunday, September 23, 2012

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

A Trails and Sails event in collaboration with the  Essex Heritage Foundation Tours 

Visit “Diamond District” places of worship and Quaker village/cemetery. The venues offer opportunities to walk the same streets and view much of the same scenic shoreline as seen over 100 years ago. Lynn Shore Dr. offers beautiful vistas and recreational opportunities. Attend a free concert at 1 PM at the Christian Science Church (153 Lynn Shore Dr.), and 3 PM at Central Congregational Church (97 Broad Street) both featuring their historic organs. Then tour the historic Quaker Village and cemetary, and learn about the Congregation Ahabat Shalom at 151 Ocean Street. Exquisite architecture, history, stained glass, etc.

Event capacity: 200.

Special Instructions: From the Christian Science Church, at 153 Lynn Shore Drive, you will be given a simple map to all the places on your Diamond District Tour. The tours in the individual venues are guided, but the short walk from one venue to the next is self-guided.

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