Friday, July 20, 2012

Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

There is so much to see and do in this area of New England.  Here is something that will be very helpful to you if you are interested in exploring the region.

Link to information

Travelers along the 85-mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway will experience the best of coastal New England: historic seaports, colonial era farms, village and city centers, and a wealth of period architecture. Set against a rocky shoreline and The Great Marsh, New England's largest salt marsh, the byway traverses thirteen historic communities on Boston’s North Shore.

Located just ten miles from Boston and lying entirely within the Essex National Heritage Area, the
Coastal Byway offers visitors and residents unparalleled opportunities to Experience New England by discovering history, exploring nature, shopping and dining.

There are many pages on this website, and here is the one for Essex:  There are many more links on the Byway website.

Essex was incorporated as a town in 1819. It was previously part of Ipswich and was then called Chebacco Parish. The first European settlers arrived in 1633 to what was then land inhabited by the Agawam tribe. The settlers supported themselves through farming, fishing, clamming, and most importantly ship building. In 1852, one out of every 28 American ships was built in one of Essex's 15 shipyards. By the early 1900s, a quirky collection of local seafood restaurants provided a new destination all of its own. Recreational boating took the place of the working boats as the meandering Essex River provided a gateway to the Atlantic Ocean. Then the numerous antique shops came, making Essex "America's Antique Capital".



I hope to see you here, or somewhere along this 85-mile byway.


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