The Essex National Heritage Area is a federally designated region that encompasses the geographic area of Essex County, Massachusetts. This region contains unique natural, historic, and cultural assets that make it a place like nowhere else.

Cities and Towns

The Essex National Heritage Area consists of the 34 cities and towns that makes up Essex County, located on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts. These cities and towns offer their own unique landscapes, history, and opportunities for exploration.

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Cities and Towns
Stage Fort Park

Regional Visitor Centers

Essex Heritage has partnerships with 13 welcome/visitor centers all over the county; Located in Beverly, Gloucester, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lynn, Marblehead, Newburyport, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Salisbury, and Saugus. Through our…

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Bakers Island Light Station

Essex Heritage operates and maintains the 10-acre historic Bakers Island Light Station at Bakers Island, with the mission of public access and preservation. Bakers Island Light Station is located on…

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Essex Byway

Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

The 90-mile roadway links 14 coastal communities from Lynn to Salisbury and features scenic views, period architecture, historic sites and recreational opportunities. With the twin goals of preserving the byway’s…

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Laura Ganz

Heritage At Home

Heritage at Home was developed out of the COVID-19 crisis. Many of our partners had valuable online content to share and these resources were compiled in one place to help…

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Border To Boston

The Border to Boston Trail is a 70-mile shared-use trail that links approximately 20 communities from the New Hampshire border to Boston for non-motorized uses including walking, bicycling, and more….

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Trails & Sails

Trails & Sails is an event series that brings awareness and appreciation for heritage resources around the county. Historically, Trails & Sails has focused on outdoor activities such as guided…

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