Amesbury Hat Museum doffs its cap for local history

Do you like hats? High fashion women’s and men’s hats? Visit The Amesbury Hat Museum in its new home on the second floor of the Whittier Home at 86 Friend St., Amesbury, and feast your eyes on these vintage beauties. Learn about Amesbury’s Merrimac Hat Factory, which in 1946, was the largest maker of hats and hat bodies in the country.

On display are about 200 hats, most of which were made in Amesbury by the Merrimac Hat Company. There are men’s hats, children’s Civil War caps, Howdy Dowdy beanies, Mouseketeer ears, and even a headdress, but much of the glory goes to high fashion women’s hats made in the 1930s and 1940s, including hats elaborately trimmed in feathers and a brown felt hat made for Princess Eugenie for the 1939 World’s Fair.

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