If you love chocolate and you love history, you’ve come to the right place! Captain Newark Jackson opened up a chocolate shop in Boston’s North End in the 1740s. He was a member of the Old North Church and a successful mariner and merchant. His wife Amey Jackson maintained their home and shop while raising their children. This blog is written in celebration of her role in the family chocolate business and the importance of the female influence in domestic and business life. Check back regularly for new recipes, musings on chocolate and colonial life, and updates from Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop. We’re located at the Old North Historic Site in Boston. Stop by for live demonstrations of 18th century chocolate-making and to taste colonial drinking chocolate!
About Our Contributors
Melissa originally hails from Houston, TX and has long been fascinated by history. In fact, her Halloween costume as an eight-year-old was a colonial girl outfit; little did she know that nearly two decades later she would be paid to wear colonial clothing. She went on to receive a BA in History from Carleton College, and, two years ago, she moved up to Boston to complete a Master’s in Public History at Northeastern University, which she finished this May. She has volunteered and worked at several historical organizations in the Houston and Boston areas, and she is also currently working at The Sports Museum inside TD Garden as a Museum Assistant. 2016 will be her second season working at Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop as an Educator.
Nicole is an educator and artist who lives and works in Boston. She joined the Old North team as an Educator at Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop in 2014. She has also worked at the Old State House in Boston and the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA, and has taught classes at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Eliot School. Nicole holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts Boston and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In addition to her roles in education, she works professionally as a seamstress and production knitter and maintains an active studio art practice.
Linda grew up in Somerville, MA not too far from Captain Jackson’s. She and her husband met in high school and raised two incredible young men (one of whom is also an Educator at Old North!). She’s worked for the Harvard Coop, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina in positions such as textbook buyer and store manager as well W.B. Saunders and J.P.Lippincott book publishers. Once her sons were born, she volunteered in their schools as well as with other religious and historical organizations. 2016 is her forth season at Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop as an Old North Educator, and she was recently named Lead Chocolate Interpreter. Linda is an avid re-enactor and enjoys learning all there is about the history of chocolate and the colonial period of Boston.