Welcome to the Essex National Heritage Area - 500 square miles of historic, cultural, and natural sites... unique and irreplaceable treasures that tell our history.

Join us on a journey through magnificence!


Find Your Story
In honor of our 20th anniversary and the National Park Service Centennial, we invite and challenge YOU to join the celebration by sharing YOUR favorite places in the Essex National Heritage Area. The first challenge is underway NOW until April 1. Find Your Story!


Welcome aboard landing craft, Naumkeag, the only boat that can take you to Bakers Island Light Station

20 Grants Awarded to Local Organizations


A FREE Workshop for K-12 Teachers of all disciplines –Apply Now!

Celebrate Four Centuries of Salem's Maritime Heritage!