Introduction to Merrimac, Massachusetts
The town of Merrimac is located along the north bank of the Merrimack River. It was settled in 1638, and became part of Amesbury town, which was then referred to as West Amesbury. In 1876, Merrimac was incorporated as a separate town and the riverside area was known as Merrimacport. It is believed that the term 'Merrimac' was derived from the name of an American Indian tribe called Merrimac, meaning, "swift water place," in the language of the tribe.
Merrimac and Nearby Attractions
- Bartlett Museum
- Fuller Gardens
- American Independence Museum
- Bear Brook State Park
- Warner House
Things To Do In Merrimac
The town center of Merrimac has typical Victorian architecture, belonging to the late 19th century evidencing the town’s history. Popular museums nearby are the American Independence Museum, the American Textile History Museum, and the Amos Blanchard House & Barn Museum. Historical sites near Merrimac include the Fort McClary State Historic Site, and the Hammond Castle. Several parks in the area are the Bear Brook State Park, the Bradley Palmer State Park, and the Fort McClary State Park.
Air transportation is available at Logan International Airport.
Merrimac Higher Education
Chester College of New England, Endicott College, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary are near Merrimac.