The Love Letters of John & Abigail Adams

~ A Timeless Love Story ~

The Love Letters of John & Abigail Adams

Friday, February 13th at 8:00 PM

The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a dramatic presentation of ‘The Love Letters of John and Abigail Adams,’ followed by a reception featuring a sumptuous chocolate buffet. Wearing historically accurate clothing and using period props, re-enactors Patricia Bridgman and Thomas Macy will bring to life Mr. & Mrs. Adams, reading their correspondence and interacting with the audience in this remarkable living-history performance. The event will take place at The First Congregational Church of Essex, 39 Main Street, Essex, MA.

According to Claire Lane of the Essex Historical Society, ‘What better place to hear the letters than in an 18th century building with a Paul Revere bell in the belfry? And chocolate was very popular in colonial America,’ says Lane, ‘so a chocolate buffet is right in keeping with the evening’s historical theme.’

Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, please visit or call 978-768-7541. The First Congregational Church of Essex is handicapped accessible.

About the players: With over thirty years of re-enacting experience between them, Bridgman and Macy have portrayed a variety of historical characters for the Old State House, the Salem Marine Society, the Peabody Essex Museum, and others. For information contact 978-609-0055 or

About the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum: The Essex Shipbuilding Museum tells the extraordinary story of a small New England village whose citizens built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than in any other place in the world. Managed by Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, Inc., a tax-exempt, nonprofit Massachusetts corporation founded in 1937, the Museum was established in 1976 as part of the town’s observation of the American Revolutionary Bicentennial.

For more information call (978) 768-7541

66 Main St., Essex, MA 01929