Essex is a small community located on Cape Ann, a highly sought after area in the North Shore real estate market. Essex is the perfect image of a New England village. Located on the marshy banks of the Essex River, the town hosts numerous protected wildlife areas including the Ally-Cox Reservation, a portion of Crane Wildlife Refuge, the Stavros Reservation and the state Wildlife Management Area. Nature lovers will be hard pressed to find a better community in the area to enjoy.
The main sources of income Essex include a thriving shellfish and tourism industry. Essex is famous for the quality of its clams and supports an exceptional dining community as well. The quintessential New England food; the fried clam was reportedly invented at Woodman’s of Essex over 100 years ago.
The town has also become an increasingly popular destination for those who appreciate antiques with the greatest number of antique shops per square mile in the entirety of the United States.
The community also hosts an exceptional high school, which is shares with nearby Manchester by the Sea.
Other attractions within the town include the historic Essex Shipbuilding Museum and the Essex National Heritage area.
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