July 19, 2017

The Sippican Hotel during the Golden Age of Marion

Upcoming lecture at the Whaling Museum by David Pierce: August 3

New Bedford, Mass. –During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Sippican Hotel was a cornerstone of what became known as the Golden Age of Marion, Massachusetts. At its peak, the Sippican Hotel represented the finest elegance and style in the time of high culture in Marion’s history. David K. Pierce, Vice President of the Sippican Historical Society, will give a lecture about the Sippican Hotel on Thursday, August 3 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum beginning at 7 p.m. A reception precedes the lecture at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Register by calling 508-997-0046 or go to www.whalingmuseum.org.

Marion, Massachusetts, once known as Sippican after the area’s original Native American inhabitants, rose in social and cultural prominence in the late 19th century as a destination resort community. The Golden Age of Marion began after the Civil War, when it evolved from a sleepy seaside village to a summer gathering place for artists, writers, actors, musicians, and other intellectual leaders and celebrities such as President Grover Cleveland, Henry James, and artist Charles Dana Gibson, among many others.

Pierce’s lecture, “The Sippican Hotel during the Golden Age of Marion,” is associated with a current exhibition at the Whaling Museum titled “Celebrating Sippican: Marion in the Golden Age.”

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New Bedford Whaling Museum

CAPTION: Note this postcard’s misspelling of the hotel’s name as “Scippican.” The hotel stood at the intersection of Water and South streets, forming the social epicenter of summer life in Marion Village. What eventually evolved into the luxurious Sippican Hotel began as a modest two-story farmhouse, built by Timothy Hiller in 1794. In 1864, Joseph Snow Luce converted it for use as a hotel and added a third floor. A four-story Colonial Revival wing was added in 1907. The grand structure was torn down in 1929 to make way for new develpoment. SOURCE: The Sippican Historical Society. Sippican Hotel Exhibit. April 30, 2012. Slideshare, https://www.slideshare.net/SippicanHistoricalSociety/sippican-hotel-exhibit-12745906  

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.