On Coastal Byway

Slavery and Abolition in Salem

Though slavery in Salem was never as widespread as the south, slave labor played a vital role in Salem's Maritime economy before and even after Massachusetts abolished slavery in 1783. Join us for a special program to discuss the history and nature of slavery and abolition in Massachusetts and learn how these changes were experienced by Sabe and Rose Derby, an enslaved man and woman of the Derby family.

Ipswich Estuary Kayak & Open Space Walking Tour

Combination kayak-walking tour to three Town conservation properties within the Ipswich River and Eagle Hill River estuaries. Tour begins at the Ipswich Town Wharf, kayaking downstream to Nichols Field, stopping to walk the trail. The tour continues, paddling toward Plum Island Sound, stopping at Clark Beach and walking to the Clark Pond Overlook on Great Neck Conservation Area for lunch/snacks. Lastly, kayak around Great Neck toward the Eagle Hill River, and stop to walk the Strawberry Hill trail. Finally, short kayak back to Eagle Hill landing for transportation back to the Wharf.

Gloucester Sea Serpent Mash-Up at Maritime Gloucester

Following a mid-day sea serpent sculpture parade from the Cape Ann Museum to Maritime Gloucester, families will create mash-up “sea monsters” with inspiration from the creatures in the newly renovated Sea Pocket Aquarium. This event is free and open to the public. This is a joint event with Cape Ann Museum located at 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester. MA, where the morning segment begins at 10:00 am. Participation in both segments is not necessary, but encouraged. For more information, contact: programs@maritimegloucester.org.

The Bridges of Maudslay

The Moseleys had some beautiful features built on their estate. Join the park interpreter on a walk to see the unique stone bridges of the former Moseley Family Estate. Learn about their construction and historical use, plus interesting stories about the family and their property.

Beginners Paddle: Event is Fully Booked!

Join us for a relaxed, fun, and family-friendly paddle from our headquarters at Riverbend, right on the river in Ipswich. It is perfect for all ages and levels of paddling experience. You will have the opportunity to learn basic paddling skills, from the proper way to hold a kayak paddle to different ways to steer your canoe. You will enjoy a leisurely evening paddle down the river and experience the beauty of the river’s wildness and maybe even see some of our resident wildlife, from beavers to turtles to the many birds who call the river home.

Riverbend Open House

The Riverbend Open House will include games and activities for children and family geared towards teaching them about water use, the watershed, and the river. Guest will be able to explore the trails and gardens on the Riverbend property and participate in short paddles departing from the Riverbend dock. While guest may choose to bring their own kayaks/canoes/paddleboards they are invited to use the organization’s canoes and kayaks. Attendees should dress for being out of doors, bringing sunblock, water bottles and hats.

Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

Join us for a 90-minute narrated sightseeing tour that winds down the beautiful Essex River aboard the Essex River Queen, a pontoon boat. Notice the abundant wildlife and changing landscape along your trip. Bring along your binoculars and sketchbooks! You're bound to be inspired!

Salem's Black Heritage Audio Tour

Salem’s Black Heritage is incredibly rich. As slaves or free men and women, as merchants, mariners, abolitionists, and activists, people of color and their advocates have been an integral part of Salem almost since the city’s founding in 1626. Did you know Salem was a hotbed of abolitionist activity? That the Black Picnic dates to 1741, or that the city’s public schools were among the first in the nation to be integrated? Learn more through this audio tour, featuring 25 sites, each with a narration of 1-3 minutes.

*FULL* Gendering Work: Mills, Homes and Everywhere Else in the Industrial Era

**Please note this event is sold out. To be added to our waitlist, please email groups@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991x152. We will contact you if space becomes available. Walk-ins will not be permitted to join this tour due to safety issues.** The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association was found to preserve the famed Turner-Ingersoll Mansion and to provide support services for newly arriving immigrants in 1910. Salem’s Point Neighborhood has long been one of enclaves for immigrant families.

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