Place:West Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

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NameWest Newbury
TypeTown
Coordinates42.8°N 70.983°W
Located inEssex, Massachusetts, United States
Contained Places
Cemetery
Bridge Street Cemetery
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West Newbury is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. Situated on the Merrimack River, its population was 4,235 at the 2010 census.

History

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West Newbury was first settled in 1635 as part of neighboring Newbury. On February 18, 1819, the General Court of Massachusetts passed an act "to incorporate the town of Parsons." The initial proposals had been made in the late 18th century, but determined resistance from the town of Newbury, which had already lost Newburyport, blocked the measure for decades. On June 14, 1820, the legislature passed another act to change the name to West Newbury.

Over the last thirty or so years, West Newbury has developed from a rural farming town into an affluent community. West Newbury's status as an affluent community can be attributed to its location in Essex County. In 2006, Essex County received the dubious honor of being named number one on Forbes magazine's list of most overpriced places to live in the U.S. The magazine cited high living costs and expensive real estate as the major reasons Essex County was picked over cities with higher mean real estate values.

The town's oldest continually-operating farm is Long Hill Orchard. The farm has been active since 1896, and has a long and intriguing history that adds to the overall "farm" feel of West Newbury. Today, in addition to the apple orchard the farm is home to a Community Supported Agriculture program; this program attracts the majority of the town's residents.

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