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!


Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge
Essex Heritage and the YMCA of the North Shore encourage you to get out, get active and move it! Take the Move It: 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge and earn prizes when you log the miles you walk, run, bike or swim. Get fit, get active–-one mile at a time… Start to Move It!


No matter what your interest or passion, you can find something to learn, explore, and enjoy during Trails & Sails!

Deed to historic Bakers Island Light Station transferred to Essex Heritage!


'Tis the last dying gasp of the sailing season!

Learn about the exhilarating experiences of Yankee seafarers on the global stage