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in 1819, the Town of Essex is a rural community which still maintains much
of its original natural splendor and small town character. Long noted as
one of the original shipbuilding centers of New England, Essex maintains
strong ties with its heritage by way of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and
its many water resources such as Chebacco Lake, the Essex River and the
Today, Essex is known for its seemingly endless supply of antique shops
and restaurants as well as for the Essex clam, which is a widely
recognized symbol of pride and quality. Clamming remains one of the town's
principal industries and there is a celebration for the bivalve in
September at the annual Essex ClamFest. Visitors can also sample the best
the area has to offer at the annual Taste of Essex held in May, which
features offerings from most of the area's finest restaurants.
Less than an hour's ride from Boston, Essex is a quaint and friendly
coastal community which proudly welcomes visitors and new residents from
all walks of life who seek to enjoy the best of what the North Shore has
Northeastern Massachusetts, bordered by Manchester on the south, Hamilton
on the west, Ipswich on the north, and Gloucester and the Atlantic Ocean
on the east. Essex is about 25 miles north of Boston and about 247 miles
from New York City.
Narrative compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and
Community Development (DHCD).