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This summer Essex Heritage and a host of collaborative  partners are encouraging residents and visitors to "Celebrate the Coast" with exciting reasons for residents and area visitors to remain closer to home! Seize the opportunity to experience a "staycation" with memorable authentic experiences. Essex Heritage and its partners, will help connect you with maritime heritage experiences this summer...
Maritime Resources in Your Community
Essex County
North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau's
Escapes North

The Trustees of Reservations

Lowell's Boat Shop


Hospital Point Lighthouse

Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum

Gloucester Martime Heritage Center

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Thomas E. Lannon

Schooner Adventure

Ipswich Historical
Society & Museums

Ipswich 375

Lynn Heritage
State Park

Historical Society

Marblehead Museum & Historical Society


Nahant Life
Saving Station

Historic New England's Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Custom House
Maritime Museum

Historical Society of Old
Newbury Cushing
House Museum

Thacher Island Association

Halibut Point State Park


Salisbury Beach

Salem National
Historic Site

Salem Maritime Festival

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The Essex National Heritage Area is one of 40 heritage areas affiliated with the National Park Service.

Salem Maritime Festival
Kalmar NyckelAlthough ongoing maintenance work on the Friendship precludes her from participating in the festival this year, all plans for the Salem Maritime Festival are moving forward! Delaware's tall ship, Kalmar Nyckel will be there, with hands-on activities for adults and children related to sailing and life at sea. On Friday, July 31 there is special programming scheduled for onboard the Kalmar Nyckel and kids can earn their Junior Ranger badges by participating in activities throughout Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Find out more about Salem Maritime Festival activities taking place this weekend...

Hospital Point Lighthouse Tours
For Beverly's Yankee Homecoming enjoy free tours of Hospital Point Lighthouse on Sunday and Monday, August 2 & 3, 12-4. Sponsored by US Coast Guard, Commander Tim Sullivan. For more information call 978-921-6067 or click here...

Maritime GuideThe Maritime Guide,
Exploring the Coast of Essex County

This guide highlights many must-see attractions along Boston's North Shore. Explore lighthouses, beaches, historic homes and much more! Backyard adventure seekers discover Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum or Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, the country's oldest continuously operated boat shop. Discover the many lighthouses that stretch along the coast, and learn about Essex County's fishing industry at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. Visit the sprawling mansions of merchants who grew wealthy from international trade, and see their riches on display at the Peabody Essex Museum and the Cape Ann Museum. Walk along colonial wharves at the National Park Service site in Salem, and take in picturesque views along the shore. Visit your local regional visitor center for a copy or download one here...
Escapes North Maritime Mansions at TwlightDiscover Maritime Mansions at Twlight
Celebrate the Sea, with these maritime events North of Boston! Spectacular homes of merchants and captains will be available to you for special tours through Maritime Mansions at Twilight. This series of events was coordinated by the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau with partnering organizations in communities throughout the region. For more information click here...
Trails & Sails Wraps up the 2009 Summer Season
Trails & Sails Logo and linkThis September TWO weekends of Trails & Sails give you the perfect reason to explore. This year the menu of adventures throughout Essex County shines a spotlight on coastal treasures. Search through an exciting line-up of hikes, sails, paddles, tours and one-of-a-kind adventures that will inform and entertain. Register to create your own customized event itinerary and plan your adventures before you go. When you register you will stay informed about any additions or changes to the schedule. Get started!
Partnership Grant Spotlights:
Thacher Island Association
Thacher IslandThacher Island Association has recently completed a project to improve the interpretative center on the island. The project was funded, in part, by a 2008 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant. Just off the coast of Rockport, this special island is worth a visit. The island is home to twin light towers, and the Cape Ann Light Station, a National Historic Landmark. Thacher Island chronicles our maritime past through interpretive exhibits at their visitor center. In addition, the island is home to scenic trails, a cemetery, and cobbled beaches. Although owned by the Town of Rockport, the South Tower is still actively used and maintained by the US Coast Guard. Visitors are welcome July-August. For a real adventure, make reservations for a boat ride, spend the night and see Boston like you never have before! For more information click here...

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
Cover of "Fish & Ships""Fish & Ships" celebrates the sea and how it has defined the lives and culture of this region. A collaborative project between the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, Schooner Adventure, Essex Shipbuilding Museum and Cape Ann Museum this interpretive brochure is one of the latest completed projects, funded in part through the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant program.  The brochure highlights all four organizations and opportunities that they offer to explore and experience the stories of the sea!
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