Greenwood Avenue Time Capsule

This past August, demolition crews uncovered a 124 year old time capsule, which had been placed in the front stairs on April 28, 1894 during the original school dedication. The beautifully oxidized blue copper box contained several newspapers from that day as well as a Revolutionary war medal, a hat band from a Civil War uniform, a list of Swampscott veterans who served in the Civil War and a list of women voters of Swampscott.



The capsule’s burial was during an exciting time as Swampscott had just built their first high school, “The Phillips School”.  The high school was named after the Phillips Family who owned and donated the land on the hilltop.  In time the Phillips School became the middle school and underwent three renovations and additions throughout the 1900’s.  A second capsule may be buried on site as well from a renovation in 1936 but our crew has yet to find any trace.


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Fishermans Watch LLC will plant a new time capsule at 71 Greenwood Ave at a dedication ceremony this spring. We understand the historical significance of this land and want to pay homage to the town and the many lives this special place has touched. We invite you to be a part of this project, by submitting photographs, letters, essays or artwork that you would like to share with the future generations of Swampscott.

Please fill out the form below to let us know what you would like to submit, or to share what you would like to see placed in the new time capsule.

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Bernadette Butterfield