In addition to serving as the seat of Marblehead’s town government, Abbot Hall contains the original of the widely-reproduced Spirit of '76 painting by Archibald MacNeal Willard, the deed to Marblehead from the Nanapashemet tribe of Native Americans (dated 1684), a bust of native son and U.S. Vice-President Elbridge Gerry, a painting of Marbleheaders rowing Washington across the Delaware, a painting by primitivist J.O.J. Frost and a number of other historical artifacts.
The clock in the tower of Abbot Hall is a Howard #2S installed in 1877 and is governed by a pendulum escapement, driven by an weight. The Bell was cast by Meneely & Kimberly in Troy, New York.