There’s a lot to discover in Marshfield, a community that’s been around for more than 135 years. The city has a rich industrial and commercial past, and today, its beautiful historic buildings are finding new life as shops, stores and arts venues. Here are some of the places – and the history – you can explore in downtown Marshfield.
Take a trip back into the 1800s with a stop at the Governor William H. Upham House. The beautifully restored Italianate house is a showpiece. It’s filled with Victorian-era furnishings, including some items manufactured right in Marshfield. In warmer months, take a stroll through the Heritage Rose Garden.
For more than a century, Central Avenue has served as the commercial center of Marshfield. Visitors will find a nice collection of historic buildings in the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of South Central Avenue–a segment of the street that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now you can explore a lively mix of retailers and restaurants throughout our historic downtown. Learn more about the district here.
A church has stood on the corner of Chestnut and Third Streets in Marshfield since the 1880s. The current structure, built in 1925, has been renovated into a vibrant performing arts center. It houses concerts, educational classes, workshops and special events. You’ll also find individual artists’ and musicians’ studios, recording and video services, and much more!
All this history might make you thirsty. Ponder the past and present at the Blue Heron Brewpub, a spot that serves up house pints and delicious meals. You’ll also find some interesting dairy industry memorabilia – the building once housed the Parkin Place Ice Cream Company.