Beverly Farms is a neighborhood comprising the eastern part of the
city of Beverly, Massachusetts. It is an oceanfront community with a
population of about 3,500 which extends from the Manchester-by-the-Sea
border to another section of Beverly known as Prides Crossing. This
area is roughly bounded by Prince Street on the south, Greenwood Ave
on the north. and
Manchester-by-the-Sea on the east. A more exact
description is provided in the
Massachusetts Acts of 1852 Chapter 157.
This area is part of Massachusetts's North Shore region, about 20
miles north of Boston.
2 Government and business
4 Notable residents
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Beverly Farms and the adjacent Prides Crossing were originally farming
communities, much like the rest of Beverly. In the late eighteenth and
early nineteenth centuries, wealthy residents of
Boston and New York
City built summer cottages along the seashore. These properties were
nearly the size and stature of those in Newport, Rhode Island, though
only a few of the original mansions remain in the neighborhood today.
Beverly Farms unsuccessfully petitioned the Massachusetts
legislature for incorporation as a town.
By the mid-twentieth century,
Beverly Farms resembled a small town,
somewhat secluded from the rest of Beverly and culturally interlinked
with Prides Crossing. Working-class neighborhoods sprang up as support
for the mansions became necessary. At this point, there was a wide
financial gap between the wealthy and the working class.
Beverly Hills, California, was named in 1907 after Beverly Farms,
which was a vacation spot of then-President Taft.
Beverly Farms remains a vibrant community with changing demographics.
Pockets of residential development and generally escalating
real-estate values appear to have adjusted average residency to a
wealthier population, much as in the past.
A photograph of
Marian Hooper Adams
Marian Hooper Adams riding on horseback in Beverly
Government and business
The community is served by three churches: Episcopal church, whose
altarpiece was sculpted by artist Hildreth Meiere, Baptist, and Roman
Catholic church designed by architect William Ralph Emerson. Among
other public buildings are a community center (known as the Hastings
House because it was donated and is partially supported by the Merril
Hastings foundation), a fire station, a railroad station on the MBTA
Commuter Rail, and a recently expanded branch of the Beverly Public
Currently, the downtown is a mixture of high-end restaurants,
bakeries, Daily Printing, hair salons, a day spa, real estate
agencies, yoga, Wild Oats Health Food Store (est. in 1995) and
clothing stores. 
A view of the
Beverly Farms public library.
Beverly Farms is slow-paced in the winter but becomes
increasingly active when the warm weather arrives. The summer has many
activities for people to enjoy. Many of those activities are based at
the local community beach, West Beach: this is a private beach, owned
by the residents of
Beverly Farms and Prides Crossing; current and
former residents of the areas are entitled to beach permits, allowing
access to West Beach (non-residents must apply for an access permit;
their wait typically is six to ten years, because of the limited size
of the facility).
Beverly Farms is busiest at the
Fourth of July
Fourth of July holiday. A private
organization of residents annually raises upwards of $60,000 through
fundraisers to enable a weekend-long agenda of activities, including
community dances, children's events, softball games, and the
well-known "Horrible's" parade. Celebration of the holiday
culminates with fireworks at West Beach above a crowd that averages
about ten thousand.
Oliver Wendell Holmes House
Oliver Wendell Holmes House is registered on the list of National
Register of Historic Places.
Catherine Eddy Beveridge, socialite
Burton E. Green, businessman
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., jurist
Levi Leiter, businessman
Alice Bolam Preston, illustrator
Robert Seamans, aerospace engineer
Benjamin Thomas, politician
John Updike, novelist
Chris Van Allsburg, author
Bradford Torrey, ornithologist
^ Opening argument of Fred H. Williams, testimony, and closing
argument of Hon. George M. Stearns, before the Legislative Committee
on Towns, 1887, in favor of the incorporation of the town of Beverly
Farms. Boston: Rand Avery Co. 1887.
^ Bright, William; Erwin G. Gudde (1998). 1500 California Place Names:
Their Origin and Meaning. University of California Press. p. 23.
^ Murray, Patrick, "History of Beverly Farms"
^ "West Beach", beverlyfarms.org
Fourth of July
Fourth of July Celebrations -
Beverly Farms website
Beverly Public Library (Farms Branch)
Beverly Hills, California
Municipalities and communities of Essex County, Massachusetts, United
County seats: Salem and Lawrence