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Essex MA

Essex MassachusettsEssex, which is about 30 minutes north of Boston, has been nicknamed "America's Antiques Capital" with over 25 shops within a mile of each other--each with its own distinct character. The town also had a prosperous ship-building history and is recognized for having built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than any other pace in the world. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum has one of the area's best maritime art collections.

As Essex is on the Essex River and part of the Great Marsh, the largest salt marsh in New England covering over 20,000 acres, water activities such as kayaking, canoeing and boating are very popular. Landlubbers can choose from among a wealth of hiking and walking trails.

>> Visit Essex Website

>> History of Essex

>> Essex Stats & Demographics


Things To Do in Essex:

An ideal place to call home, Essex is also a popular tourist destination with many opportunities to explore the marshes, ride and the river and to discover local history.

Essex River Cruises & Charters

Historic Essex Walking Trails

Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Cogswell's Grant

Crane Wildlife Refuge

Bubble Factory


Restaurants in Essex:

Essex is known for fresh shellfish and, according to local lore, is where fried clams were first created. Some of the best restaurants include:

CK Pearl

Essex Seafood

J.T. Farnhams


Blue Marlin Grille

The Boathouse Grill

Riversbend Restaurant

The Village

The Farm Bar & Grille


Shopping in Essex:

Muzio Designs

Andrew Spindler Antiques

A.P.H. Waller Antiques

Essex Bird & Pet Supply

Sea Meadow Gifts & Garden

Essex Wine Exchange


Essex Schools:

Essex students attend Essex public schools, which share a district with Manchester.

Essex Elementary

Manchester Essex Regional Middle School

Manchester Essex Regional High School


Living in Essex:

For Sale in Essex

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