Prince Estabrook, Slave and Revolutionary War Hero

presented by Charles Price

SUNDAY, Februay 12, 3:00pm
Gould Barn 1 Howlett St, Topsfield, Massachusetts
Program is free and open to all.

Prince Estabrook (c. 1740-c. 1830) was an enslaved Black man who lived in Lexington, Massachusetts. At dawn on April 19, 1775, he was one of more than eighty other men in Captain John Parker’s Lexington militia awaiting the arrival of the British Regulars on Lexington Green. Estabrook was wounded in the battle that followed and thus became the first Black soldier to be wounded in the American Revolution.

Charles Prices, as part of his decades of serving in the Lexington Minute Men reenactment company, has portrayed and talked about Prince Estabrook to countless audiences, Minutemen National Historical Park visitors and school groups.

ONLY THOSE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY may park in spaces marked ‘Gould Barn’ near the walkway, in the Congregational Church’s parking lot between the Church’s Emerson Center and the Gould Barn. All others MUST park along the east side of East Common Street (same side as Emerson Center) or on Main Street.

To maximize safety and enjoyment for all attendees, THS has adopted the following policies for its programs:
1. All those who attend are required to be vaccinated or wear a mask.
2. Seating will be spread out and the maximum number of attendees may be capped.
3. THS reserves the right to require the wearing of masks if the public health situation warrants it at the time of the event.

Sharing the Love of History

Welcome to Topsfield The Topsfield Historical Society is dedicated to the study and preservation of the history of Topsfield Massachusetts. All volunteers, we are active participants in the vitality and character of our small town. We invite all Topsfield residents and those interested in the preservation of our town’s history to join in on our many opportunities to be involved.

We are organized to enjoy, learn and preserve the history of Topsfield, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States of America. We offer monthly talks on a wide variety of historical topics such as colonial slavery, women's history, Boston history and historical actors such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Mark Twain. We run educational programs for Topsfield schools and local children. Every June, we sponsor the Strawberry Festival which features Topsfield's local nonprofit organizations, local history exhibits and local craftspeople.

Since the early 1900s, we have owned and cared for the 1683 Parson Capen Historical House.

Interested in seeing the Parson Capen House? Private tours are available upon request by emailing: Please give us two weeks notice before you would like to come. Volunteers are not usually available on short notice.

In the 1990s, we moved and restored the 300 year old Gould Barn which we now offer to the community as a meeting and event space.


We also actively promote research and promotion of Topsfield’s history through scholarships, lectures and Topsfield school programs. We collaborate with the Topsfield Town Library, the Topsfield Town Clerk's office, the Essex National Heritage Commission, Gordon College (Wenham) and other historical and cultural organizations within Essex County and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Our new project for the new millenium is the Digital History Online Project. We are creating a new website that will act as a central clearinghouse for all original and secondary source resources on Topsfield's history. Since our beginnings in the late 1800s, the Topsfield Historical Society has published over 30 volumes of information and historical research results regarding Topsfield's history. Digital History Online Project is the beginning of a new effort to make this information easily accessible to researchers of all types into the future.

Strawberry Festival

Our major fundraiser is the annual June Strawberry Festival which attracts newcomers, old-timers, and visitors from all over Massachusetts and the United States.

Contact Us

The Topsfield Historical Society has existed for over 100 years and has over 400 members in 18 states. We invite you to join our membership.

The Gould Barn page has more information on renting the Barn for your next event.

Questions about our historical archives can be addressed to

We invite you to explore our website, send us your comments and join our Society.

Please Note: Do NOT call the Gould Barn phone number. That phone is for internal purposes only. No messages are taken and no calls returned.

The Society can be reached by email only. Please use the appropriate emails above or use