Amesbury is a quaint town in Northern Massachusetts with a rich historical background. Interestingly enough, the "town " is actually a city, a recent development because of past protests that it was too small to be a "city". Once a large producer of carriages , Amesbury often is referred to as "Carriage Town". This industry continued, and developed into producing automobiles until the Great Depression. The Merrimack Hat Company was once the largest producer of hats in the entire United States. The juxtaposition of Amesbury to the Merrimack River also provided early settlers with the need for ship building, and Lowell's Boat Shop, which opened in 1793, is one the oldest functioning boat shops in America. Amesbury also rears its unique history to notable figures such as John Greenleaf Whittier, whose home still stands there. This rich historical background is reflected in the infrastructure and residents, who are proud citizens of the diverse historical background.