We call our quirky, quarterly publication the “Marblehead Messenger” out of respect for the history of the first native Marblehead, MA newspaper, published in 1830. The Marblehead Messenger's famous nameplate was designed for $5 by Childe Hassam, who eventually became a world famous artist. See a copy of The Marblehead Messenger from Marblehead’s 300th Anniversary and read about Hassam in our lobby.
When we opened in 1996, the nameplate was atop our menu, done newspaper-style to evoke the old “fish wrappers.” In 1971 a musically group called Seatrain, with ties to Marblehead and roots (Andy Kulberg, Roy Blumenfeld) in the original Blues Project, used the nameplate to title and adorn their second album jacket.
Seeking an appropriate name for our Chowder House mouthpiece, Marblehead Messenger surfaced again as the popular option. Imparting interesting information about our food, drink, philosophies, staff, promotions and history is the primary goal. Our hope is that you get to know us better. If you have issues with the material, we ask you please to notify Cap’n Clawed Lobster, Crew’s Director, who is responsible for editorial content, rather than shoot the Messenger!