Heritage Landscape Inventory

Essex Heritage, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), undertook a 15-month inventory of the region’s heritage landscapes to assist and unite local land conservation and historic preservation efforts. Twenty-four of Essex County’s 34 communities participated in the inventory. Over 300 residents attended local identification meetings and the inventory’s consultant team conducted fieldwork in all participating communities. Over 1,300 heritage landscapes were identified, the largest such undertaking in Massachusetts since 1982. Products of the Essex County Reconnaissance Survey include community planning reports and an agenda for action produced in conjunction with the daylong Landscape of Opportunity Symposium.
Learn more about the Heritage Landscape Inventory Program.