Essex County Salt Tour

During the mid-seventeenth century, the “Ironworks at Lynn” manufactured large cast iron “salt pans” for the purpose of evaporating seawater to make salt. During the Colonial period, there were numerous places throughout Essex County attempting to produce salt. Join Park Rangers for a tour of the Iron Works. Then, depart the Iron Works on a motor coach to visit an early salt-making site in Essex County.

Historic Essex Walking Tour

The Historic Essex Walking Tour is a self-guided tour (with a brochure and map to guide you) to 16 interpretive signs that highlight the historic significance of this New England village. Learn how 300+ years of shipbuilding produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels; find a 1797 Paul Revere bell; discover the birthplace of the fried clam; learn about the grave robberies of 1818; gain insight into how Essex became known as “America’s Antiques Capital”; and other interesting stories. Benches along the Essex Causeway provide a place to sit and relax as you take the tour.

Free Family Friendly History & Nature Scavenger Hunt

Our Nature & History Scavenger Hunt will be Saturday September 29th from 10AM-1PM. Come between those times to see the beautiful historic Dickson Memorial Chapel and do the scavenger hunt. Learn and see some interesting nature and history in Greenlawn. All while helping raise awareness and funding to restore the stunning Dickson Memorial Chapel and Conservatory and preserve Greenlawn Cemetery for generations come. We hope to see you, many local families and Greenlawn fans there! This event is free! Please park on Orne Street and enter through the Orne Street gate.

Shawsheen River hike

Join AVIS board members for a pleasant hike along the Shawsheen River. We will hike on the Claus Dengler trail (named for a former AVIS president) which runs along the Shawsheen River from Abbot Bridge to Balardvale train station, a distance of 1.5 miles. We will walk along open meadows and into the woods. The river is visible throughout most of this hike. This is an excellent opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife and plant species. On our return, we may explore some other trails. The total distance for this hike is approximately 3 miles.

Den Rock Park Hike

Join Groundwork Lawrence for a brisk hike through Lawrence’s “hidden jewel,” Den Rock Park. The park is a 120- acre wooded preserve that includes walking trails, a granite rock face, scenic overlooks, a beaver pond, and access to the Shawsheen River. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. Rte 114, Lawrence, MA, 01840

Off-Beat Andover Tour of Historic Mill District

This unique walking tour will highlight architecture, history, and fun facts about the Andover's Historic Mill District in a fast-paced, and highly participatory way. Interactive games (anyone for a round of The Price is Right?) and humorous challenges will be played as we explore the neighborhood's past. Snacks are also provided! This might not be your grandma's type of walking tour (you know her better than we do), but we'd be happy if she came too! Participants are encouraged to take photos, bring a sense of humor, and share their experiences via social media.

Powow Greenspace Sensory Hike

Our "sensory hike" mirrors the growing movement of what is known as "Forest Bathing", which is essentially taking the time to use your senses to mindfully soak in the nature around you as you explore. And as this is Amesbury’s 350th anniversary as well, along the way we'll also talk about the first inhabitants, the early settlers, and the rich history of our town as we hike. At 9 AM, we’ll begin our hike. Start by exploring the lakeside paths that meander along the side of Powow Hill, or Po Hill as it is known locally.

Walking Tour of High-End 18th c. Houses in Marblehead

Honoring the 250th anniv. of the Colonel Jeremiah Lee Mansion (built1766-68), this walking tour showcases one of the most outstanding houses from its time in America, comparing it to the 3 other high-end houses of M’head’s two principal merchants (exteriors only), who were brothers-in-law through their wives, who were half-sisters, plus the two large families’ compelling -- and tragic -- social history.

The Scrapbook /All Prints & Maps weekend @ the Essex Exchange. Gallery Show & Sale.

The Essex Exchange has invited Vinny and Barbara Caravella owners of The Scrapbook to showcase their decorative, vintage & Antique Prints and Maps. Everything from antique maps and 16th - 19th century decorative prints to political cartoons by Thomas Nast to custom picture framing can be found inside The Scrapbook in Essex,Ma. It’s one of Essex’s hidden treasures and we are proud to have them join us for the weekend.


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