Sargent House’s 2016 Events Schedule. Hope to see you soon at Sargent House. (Click on image to enlarge.) 


‘Republican Motherhood’ to Democratic Nominee: The Fight for Women’s Equality in America from the Revolution to the Present.

Sat. Oct. 15, 2-5PM @ Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA
Co-sponsored by the Sargent House Museum and the League of Women Voters.

You can now watch footage of the entire event online. Please follow this link to the video.

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Faces of Sargent House Tour with Mimi Braverman
Sun. 6/12, 1:30P.

Experience the “Face to Face with History: People and Paintings at Sargent House” tour with Mimi Braverman, lecturer at the Museum of Fine Arts and a long time Gloucester summer resident.

Tickets are $20 per person, very limited number available, purchase via this button:



Celebrate Middle St. Walk at Sargent House!
Sat. 12/12/2015, 11A–4P.

View the Sargent House in all its holiday splendor while sharing in the joy of the season with tasty holiday treats and music performed by the Rockport Madrigal Choir from 2-3PM. Take home decorations at the end of the day and fresh holly cut from our own trees at prices sure to make you rejoice!
Open to all, free admission. (Donations gratefully accepted.)
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Harvest Festival, Sat. 11/21/2015 from 11AM-1PM
During Open House: Visit an historical landmark, one of Gloucester’s first grand homes featuring the beautiful craftsmanship, architecture, and style of an era long gone by. Peek at the 1782 house and its garden, and hear the a bit of the inspiring story of the original owner, women’s rights advocate Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820).

Enjoy doughnuts and mulled cider with friends. Admission: * FREE * (Donations gratefully accepted.)


Annual Meeting and Program, Sat. 10/24/2015 from 3-5PM
From 3-4P at the Falcon’s Nest at The Hive, 11 Pleasant Street, Gloucester: Annual Meeting and lecture: “Layers of Women’s Clothing,” An Illustrated Talk from Our Costume and Textile Collection. Followed at 4:15P by small group costume/textile viewing and refreshments held at Sargent House Museum.

(Mary Hurd, Costume Director, Brandeis University Department of Theater Arts, Anita Canzian, Head Draper, Huntington Theatre Company and Jennifer Nieling, Curatorial Intern, Nantucket Historical Association will speak on the collection which they recently completed inventorying and digitizing.)

Free to the public.



Thurs. 6/4/2015 from 5:30-7PM Come hear Cape Ann Students read Judith’s words that are brilliant, profound & hilarious. One of America’s most influential thinkers, Judith Sargent Murray’s ideas still resonate. Hear Judith on writing, capital punishment, prejudice & female politicians.

AND, afterward, witness a dramatic reading of “Mingling of Souls,” a play based on the life and writings of Rev. John Murray and Judith Sargent Murray. Held on the Sargent House Museum Lawn. $5 suggested donation.


Sat. 12/13/2014 at 1PM, dramatic reading of “Mingling of Souls,” a play based on the life and writings of Rev. John Murray and Judith Sargent Murray. Held at the UU Church, 10 Church Street, Gloucester. $5 suggested donation.

AND, from 11A-3P, visit Sargent House Museum, the couple’s home, and enjoy holiday music, shopping, and décor during Middle Street Walk.



Middle Street Walk. December 13, 2014, 11:00AM-3:00PM. As you stroll Middle Street during this annual holiday tradition, stop into the historic Sargent House to see this jewel of Gloucester finely decorated for the holidays.

Purchase festive décor, greens, and our own holly. Check out the museum store for holiday gifts. Snack on holiday treats and enjoy our programming:

  • Listen to music provided by Rockport High School musicians, led by director Nathan Cohen.


  • Happening at 1:00PM at the UU Church (a short walk up Middle Street): “Mingling of Souls from Sorrow to Joy.” A one-act play by Jay DiPrima about Reverend John Murray and Judith Sargent Murray, featuring DiPrima and Kimberlee Cloutier-Blazzard. Suggested donation $5. Afterwards, walk with the actors to the Sargent House. (See above.)



Harvest Festival. November 22, 2014.-From 11:00AM-1:00PM – Visit a historical landmark, one of our first grand homes featuring the beautiful craftsmanship, architecture, and style of an era long gone by. It’s the birthplace of women’s rights advocate, Judith Sargent Murray.

Enjoy seasonal foods and cider with old friends and new during open hours.


Purchase Sargent by the Sea 2014 tickets.

Join us Friday, August 8 at 7P for our annual fundraiser party to benefit education and preservation programs at Sargent House. We’ll explore Gloucester’s Revolutionary War privateering history at Sargent House with Ryan & Wood Distilleries’ famous punch, catered hors d’oeuvres, costumes, chantey performers, and more! Seating is limited; advance tickets only.

You have 2 ticketing options:


Purchase tickets ($65 per person) via the button below.


Or, be a super-supporter and join the privateering crew! Receive 2 complimentary tickets.
Options are: Captain ($1000), 1st Mate ($750), 2nd Mate ($500) and Sailor ($250).

Crew Rank Options



Sun. 6/29/2014, 12A-4P, it’s CAPE ANN DAY: a FREE open house for residents of Cape Ann with a valid ID.


 Sat. 6/14/2014, 11A-4P, we will be at Strawberry Festival at Mile Marker One.

Come say ‘hi’, join our email list and get a BOGO tour coupon! Then, head over to the Museum. What could be better?

 Special Event: “Judith Speaks” at the Sargent House Museum. Held May 15th, 2014; 5:30-7PM

This was our third annual “Judith Speaks” event where Cape Ann volunteers bring alive the words of Gloucester native, Judith Sargent Murray, one of the nation’s first feminists. As a letter-writer, essayist, poet, novelist and playwright, Judith Sargent Murray wrote tirelessly on behalf of women’s right to an equal education, an equal place in marriage, and a voice in the new republic. The writings she left behind are inspiring, poignant, wry and funny. View photos of the event hereby clicking.


Middle Street Walk. December 14, 2013 11:00AM-4:00PM. View our flier. Come to the Sargent House to see—and purchase—fabulous decorations by local florist Blue Gate Gardens, decorator Katerina Gates, and others. Don’t forget to check out the museum store for holiday gifts. Snack on holiday treats and enjoy our programming. From 12:00-1:00PM listen to a chamber music concert provided by Rockport High School musicians, led by director Nathan Cohen; then, from 2:30-3:00PM take in scenes from Judith Sargent Murray’s 1795 play “The Medium,” staged by the North Shore Folklore Theatre Co.

PLEASE NOTE: Seating will be limited for both performances. Please RSVP for one, the other, or both events. Suggested donation for each performance is $10.00 per person. These are benefit performances: proceeds will be split, and will support the performers as well as the Sargent House Museum. • Members of the Rockport High School orchestra, band, and chorus will be touring to Ireland this April. Funds raised at this performance will help students pay for the trip. The tour will include Limerick, Cork, and Dublin, and will give students performance and workshop opportunities. • In their 2014 season, North Shore Folklore Theatre Company will be reviving Judith Sargent Murray’s 18th-century comedy, ‘The Medium’ (a.k.a. ‘Virtue Triumphant’). Judith’s plays were the first plays written by an American—male or female—to be staged in Boston. They have never been performed in Gloucester, and have rarely been exhibited since their original debuts at Boston’s Federal Street Theater in 1795. Audiences will witness history in the making!

Stay tuned for more ways to support these two wonderful initiatives, and thanks as always for your continued support of the Sargent House.


Harvest Festival. November 23, 2013. $10 per person for day’s events; $20 for families; Members FREE  (Join today!) -From 10:00AM-12:00 NOON – Tour the Museum and see John Singer Sargent watercolors! -12 Noon - Meet the new Mrs. and be dazzled by the rich colors of Copley’s portrait of Judith Sargent Stevens as a new giclée print is unveiled. -12:30PM - Hear about Judith Sargent Murray’s take on the American Revolution ranging from her aspirations for the New Republic to gossip about her neighbors. -1:00PM - Learn about Gloucester women during wartime from Mary Rhinelander McCarl as she describes “The Girl I Left Behind.” (Lecture reserved seating SOLD OUT.) -2:00PM - Annual Meeting of Members -ALL DAY – Enjoy seasonal foods and cider with old friends and new during open hours.


Downtown Gloucester BLOCK PARTY, 2013. Check out the map and schedule of events for this year’s Downtown Gloucester Block Party. Dates were:

  • Saturday, July 20th
  • Saturday, August 17th
  • Saturday, September 21st

The Party on Main Street ran from 6pm until 11pm; pedestrians strolled freely from Pleasant Street to Washington Street and enjoyed al fresco dining and entertainment. Each of the nights, from 6-8pm, the Sargent House Museum hosted a “special Federal Period guest” roaming the garden, an historic lawn game, and first floor Open House.  Visitors brought a blanket to picnic on our scenic lawn. On September 21st at 6:00pm Henry Allen’s North Shore Folklore Theatre Co. reprised two acts from Judith Sargent Murray’s play “the Medium (1795)” on the Block Party stage. View pictures of the September performance. Judith’s plays were the first plays by an American woman to be staged. They have never been performed in Gloucester, and have rarely been exhibited since their original debuts at Boston’s Federal Street Theater. The audience witnessed history in the making!   View pictures of the August 17th Block Party when North Shore Folklore performed two acts from Judith Sargent Murray’s 1795 play “The Medium” in the garden. A good time was had by all as we watched young Eliza’s story come to life. Check out our photos of the July 20th event when North Shore Folklore Theatre Company provided an historic performance act five of Judith Sargent Murray’s 1796 play “the Traveller Returned” in the garden.  Boxed lunches by Beach Gourmet were for sale.


  Trails & Sails, Sat. 9/21/2013. Check out the Sargent House listing for the 2013 Essex National Heritage Commission Trails and Sails event. Date: Sat. 9/21, 12:00pm-6:00pm. Open Door Event. (House was open for paid tours during this time.) Visitors explored the fascinating world of early American feminist writer Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) and her husband Reverend John Murray (1741-1815), the founder of Universalism in the Country. Event included historic children’s games and activities in the garden that bring Judith’s story to life. View photos of the event here.


 Special Event: “Judith Speaks” at the Sargent House Museum.

Held May 16th, 2013; 5:30-7PM

View photos of our second annual “Judith Speaks” event, when Gloucester volunteers read excerpts from Judith Sargent Murray’s inspiring writings on marriage, parenting, equality, justice, and even vaccinations.
Following the readings was a sneak-peak tour of the Museum, and refreshments.


SHM Spring Lecture: “Ornaments of the Mind: Needlework and a New England Girl’s Education”

April 14, 2013, 2pm

On April 14, 2013, a recent donation to the Museum of a needlework picture depicting Cornelia and her children, the Gracchi, was unveiled following a lecture by Laura Johnson, Associate Curator at Historic New England. The needlepoint was completed by Judith Sargent Murray’s daughter, Julia Maria, and her cousin Anna Williams. Read more about “Ornaments of the Mind” here.

Though the needlework is now installed in Judith’s bedroom at the Museum, the piece needs reframing and conservation.  It is backed with brown paper that is tearing and backed by cardboard. It needs to be reframed with archival materials.  When it is removed from its frame, the need for conservation will be clearer. If you’d like to be a part of preserving this exquisite example of women’s history, please make a donation by sending a check to the Sargent House Museum at 49 Middle St., Gloucester MA 01930.  Or, by using Paypal via our “Donate” page. All gifts are tax-deductible.