Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum tells the extraordinary story of a small New England village that built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than any other place in the world. Shipbuilding in Essex began before 1668. By 1849 as many as 15 shipyards were producing over 50 vessels a year. In all, more than 4,000 wooden vessels had been launched into the Essex River.
Visit the museum for individual and group tours, hands-on exhibits, boat building classes, maritime-related lectures and fun community events. In our gift shop, find nautical items, maritime books, hats, T-shirts, videos and more!