The Essex River, home to some of the best clam flats in the world, forms
the contours of the Town of Essex. The River has also played a
significant role in shaping the history of Essex. Shipbuilding was the
primary industry in Essex, as attested to by the construction of over
4,000 schooners. Many of the schooners built in Essex were constructed
for its neighbor, Gloucester. Today, Essex attracts thousands of
visitors to its many antique and specialty shops, fine dining
establishments, and beautiful scenery. Tours of the river-by boat and
kayak-continue to ensure its continuing prominence in the life of the
||Burnham shipyard when Essex
yards built 20 schooners a year.
Whether Cape Ann is your romantic getaway or your family vacation,
don't miss some of the best beaches in New England. The coastline
varies from sandy to wild and rocky, with vast areas of marshland that
are home to many species of birds and other wildlife. Cape Ann's
secluded woodland areas and parks are attractive sites for walking or
hiking. Your journey would be incomplete without discovering Cape
Ever wonder how Rockport got its name? The "rock" refers to
granite, which many of its early settlers, mostly from Scandinavia,
worked at cutting out of quarries in the center of Cape Ann beginning in
the early 1800's. Although the granite industry is no longer active, the
quarries remain. At Halibut Point State Park in Rockport, you can watch
a demonstration of granite cutting and visit one of the remaining
Gloucester's historic seaport, still one of the busiest in America
today, has been home to many fishing fleets. Historic tours will show
you the coastline plied by those vessels and the lighthouses that guided
them safely back. The city's most famous landmark is the Fishman's
Memorial, otherwise known as "The Man at the Wheel", which overlooks
Gloucester Harbor. A newly constructed "Wall of Remembrance"
commemorates the more than 5,000 men who lost their lives at sea. Small
fishing communities can also be found in Rockport and Manchester, as
well as in Essex, where the clamming industry has its historic roots.
Cape Ann is well known for its spectacular coastline and ocean views.
Let out world famous beaches charm you. Explore Cape Ann's winding
rivers and vast marshlands leading through islands to its famous
beaches. There are many to choose from to surf, swim, boat, sun
and where you can also cast for stripers.