Trails & Sails Countdown!
September 18-20 & 25-27, 2015

Only 7 days 'til Trails & Sails! Get ready to explore Essex County's historic, cultural and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events! See the full listing of events and plot your course at

Trails & Sails is generously sponsored by:
Bakers Island: 
Keepers of the Light

This summer marked the first season
of guided tours to Bakers Island Light Station! For the first time in over 70 years the public was granted access to this historic landmark. Some of the visitors came across the harbor to fulfill years of curiosity but others were deeply connected to the Light Station through their service in the U.S Coast Guard. Read on to learn more.
National Register Nomination for Merrimac Town Hall
Partnership Grant Spotlight

With the goal of adding its town hall to the National Register of Historic Places, the Town of Merrimac prepared and submitted a nomination to the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC). The "Ruskinian" Gothic style structure was built in 1876 to serve as the town hall for the newly incorporated Town of Merrimac. In addition to instilling local pride, the National Register listing will make the building eligible for preservation grants. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the American cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is administered at the state level by MHC and nationally by the National Park Service.  
Teachers Learn to 
Use Their "Place" 
Heritage Education Update

Find out how a new cohort of teachers were trained to use their local communities to create engaging learning opportunities for their students through our Park for Every Classroom program, now in its 4th year. Read on.
Along the Coastal 
Scenic Byway
Byway Sign Vendor Selected
RoadSafe Traffic Systems of Avon submitted the low bid for placing signs along the entire 90-mile byway route. The signs will be manufactured this winter and installed in the spring of 2016.
Newburyport Cultural District Celebrated
The Newburyport district is one of seven state designated cultural districts located on the scenic byway. Read more.
Annual Fall Meeting
Save the Date: Thursday, October 15, 8-10 AM

Join us at our Annual Fall Meeting at one of the North Shore's oldest and most majestic playhouses: The Cabot in Beverly! Learn more.

Nominate a Pioneer in Partnership
2015 Photo Contest

Hey, hot shot! Don't forget to snap photos for the 2015 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest while you're out and about in Essex County! Submit your entries by December 1 to win. Learn more.
Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members

These new and renewing Corporate Members are committed to Essex Heritage's mission of connecting with our community through engagement with the historic places that make Essex County unique -- and we are ever grateful for their support!

Supporter Circle

In This Issue
Essex Heritage & Featured Partner Events
September 18-20 &
September 25-27
* Track Move It miles from Trails & Sails events!

September 27, 6:30 PM
Move It event!

Saturday, October 3, 9 AM
Move It event!

Thursday, October 15
8:30 - 10 AM
Heritage Happenings

Throughout Essex County
1st Saturdays thru October 
17th Century Saturdays

Saturday, October 3

Saturdays, June-October
10 AM-2 PM
Saturday, September 19
5:30-9:30 PM

2nd Fridays, June-October
10 AM-3 PM
September 11-13

Sunday, September 13
Saturday, September 12
11 AM-2 PM

Saturday, September 19
5:30 PM


Saturday, October 3
10 AM-4 PM

Wednesdays, Friday & Saturday thru October 21
10 AM-3 PM
Lawrence Farmers' Market

Saturdays, September 12
Thursdays, thru October
3-7 PM

Saturday, September 12
10AM-4 PM
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News from the Essex National Heritage Area is a monthly electronic newsletter for members, non-members and site partners of Essex Heritage to raise the visibility of the Essex National Heritage Area, all its special places, and our ongoing activities. Articles that are 150 words or less and fit the scope of our newsletter may be submitted to Essex Heritage for publication. We reserve the right to select an article or portion of an article whose content is found appropriate and edit it for publication.