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Essex is nestled on the Atlantic coast within beautifully preserved hills, forest, fields, and wetlands—but the serene landscape belies the town's rich history. According to tradition, the first Essex boat was built in an attic around 1660. Eventually, this shipbuilding industry would create a thriving town as it developed into one of the largest producers of fishing schooners in the country. By its incorporation in 1819, Essex was a renowned community of fishing, farming, shipbuilding, and other industries. Over time, Essex became the birthplace of the fried clam, sent a native son to the baseball major leagues, acquired a Paul Revere church bell, and raised a barn that is now the oldest still in use in America. With a newly gathered collection of vintage images, Essex reveals a microcosm of American culture and growth, telling the story of leading patriots, entrepreneurs, Civil War heroes, and hardworking everyday citizens.
ISBN: 9780738572796
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 217
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dawn Robertson, a freelance writer and editor, received an honors bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of New Hampshire. She has worked with American history for 10 years. Kurt A. Wilhelm is acting curator of the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum and is chairman of the Essex Historical Commission.