Burgess of Marblehead: People Places and Planes is the exhibit currently at the Marblehead museum & Historical Society at 170 Washington Street in Marblehead. The exhibit runs from May through September 15, 2005, and is open 10-4 Tues- Sat (Saturday hours begin June 4.)
Starling Burgess built the first airplane to fly in New England. He is best known as a yacht designer, but he became interested in airplanes when he met the Wright brothers, and learned to fly. The first plane called the "Flying Fish" flew in February, 1910 in Hamilton, MA. Burgess went on to build many more airplanes in his factories at Redstone Lane and later at Little Harbor. Photos from the period, using MMHS' extensive collection of glass plate negatives, illustrate the people, places and planes for which Burgess is known. On display also is a large (8') model biplane built by a Burgess employee in 1922(on loan from the Marblehead Historical Commission.) Other artifacts also tell the story of this brief (1910-1919) but fascinating period in Marblehead's history. The exhibit is interesting attractively arranged and well researched.
If you are interested in early aviation, the exhibit is a must, and even if you don't think you are the Marblehead Museum & Historical Society is an delightful part of Marblehead that should not be missed.
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