Self Guided

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.

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.

100 Years of Agricultural Education

Granted by descendents the Hawthorne family in 1913, the 166 acre campus of the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School has been used as both a farm and a classroom. With over 2.5 miles of on site and adjoining wetland trails the school's grounds offer many things to do and explore. See farm animals, wildlife, and even the remains of the Danvers TB infirmary. Our wetland conservation efforts are beginning to get results with more accessible trails, decreases in invasive plants, and increases in wildlife diversity.

Rolling Ridge 70th Anniversary and Art Show

Since 1948, Rolling Ridge has been in the business of transforming lives through the love and power of God. Join us as we celebrate 70 years of ministry with an afternoon of workshops, tours, and activities, with a program beginning at 4:30 pm. See the fall show of the Andover Artist Guild in the Lakeside Dining Room with works for purchase. Discover for yourself why Boston Magazine named Rolling Ridge one of the top wellness centers in New England. Information on the scheduled workshops and tours may be found at

First Parish Church Sanctuary and Burying Ground

Both the historic Sanctuary and Burying Ground of First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, will be open, with guides to provide information and answer any questions. Gathered in 1635, First Parish is the oldest, "mother church", in the Newburyport area and many of the original settlers and their descendants are buried in the Burying Ground, including Henry Sewall, Tristram Coffin and his wife Judith, and the Reverend John Tucker. Come visit our historic sites - there will be a scavenger hunt in the Burying Ground!

Story Slam-Art Show

Discover Danvers through artifacts of yesterday and talents of today. An open house to celebrate everyone's unique stories and talents. Call the office to be an exhibitor and/or a performer. All talents welcome. We want to hear your stories. All ages welcome. View exhibits of yesterday and today at Tapley Memorial Hall.

C.W. ‘Tryout’ Smith Commemoration and Headstone Dedication

An earlier pioneer of the amateur journalism movement, Charles. W. “Tryout” Smith, is being honored in September with a ceremony capped by the placement of a headstone at his relatively obscure Haverhill gravesite. Smith began publishing the Monthly Visitor from his Haverhill home in 1888, mostly to help his brother Frank raise money after his brother became too ill to work. The Smiths turned out 118 issues, ending a decade later.

Native American Exhibit and Sale at AnnTiques

AnnTiques presents a sale and exhibit of Native American jewelry, pottery, artifacts, weavings, and baskets. Please join us as AnnTiques welcomes you to travel through time in their eclectic curated global emporium of mid-century modern, vintage and antique furniture, lighting, jewelry, art, textiles, rugs, pottery, art glass, Native American selections, vintage music and ephemera collections. Owner Ann Orcutt is passionate about bringing you wonderful examples of items that are displayed in vignettes so that you may be able to visualize your choices in your home or office.


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