Uncovering History & Celebrating Success at Wellspring House

Wellspring's 2023 Spring Event Photo Collage


Showcasing Gloucester’s Freeman Family Legacy & Wellspring’s Social Justice Mission

In 1826, the Freeman family came to live at the property where Wellspring is headquartered today. We are uncovering their untold family stories and achievements. Tied to Wellspring’s social justice mission, current students will be sharing their own success stories of overcoming barriers to create a brighter future for themselves and their families.

By celebrating all stories of success – especially those yet to be discovered – we fully empower our whole community to reach their potential.

Annual Event a True Celebration

On June 9, 2023, sponsors and supporters were invited to the Opening Celebration of the Freeman Family Exhibit, History Lives Here, at Wellspring’s historic home and shared in the achievements of current Wellspring students. Under the marquee, guests enjoyed live music from the 1890s – 1930s performed by The Blackburn Stompers, an early jazz era combo featuring members of the Cape Ann Big Band, and delicious light fare by Timothy S. Hopkins Catering, and desserts from our friends at Root.

In the historic rooms, we installed the beautiful exhibit History Lives Here to share the stories of the Freeman family. The sunporch was brightened with Sources of Strength, a PhotoVoice exhibit by current Wellspring participants working hard for a better future.

Thank you to an incredible group of corporate sponsors and collaborators who made Saturday’s community festival free and fun for all and a true weekend-long celebration!

Experience Wellspring’s History Lives Here Exhibit

Come and learn about the Freemans of West Gloucester, a prominent Black family who for over 100 years made their home where Wellspring is headquartered today. Docent-led tours of the exhibit will engage and inform you on an important piece of Gloucester’s history.

Book your visit to Wellspring House and experience the Freeman Family story! Contact Mary Hardwick by email or by phone at 978-281-3558 x300 to reserve your tour.

Make an Online Gift

You can still help support Wellspring’s work with an easy, online donation.

With Gratitude to Our Event Sponsors


Rockport Mortgage Corporation logo - Courage Sponsor of Wellspring's 2023 Spring Event.


Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. Foundation logo, sponsor of Wellspring's 2023 Spring event.
Institution For Savings logo - sponsor of Wellspring's 2023 Spring Event


EBSCO logo
New England BioLabs logo


Albrecht Auto Group logo
Annisquam Landcare Logo
Brookline Bank Logo
Cape Ann Savings Bank logo
Eastern Bank logo
Eastern Bank logo
Gloucester400+ logo
Grand Banks Logo
Albrecht Auto Group logo
Windover Construction logo
W. T. Rich Company logo


Bach Builders LLC logo
Beauport Financial Services logo
Beauport Hospitality Group logo
Building Center logo
Beverly & Addison Gilbert Hospitals logo
Salem Five Charitable Foundation logo


PSP Global Wines logo
Treetop Yoga Studio logo
Definitive Brewing Company logo
True North Ale Company logo

The Freeman Family Exhibit is made possible through grant funding by:

Gloucester400+ logo
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