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Essex, Massachusetts

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Essex, Massachusetts, is a coastal village full of natural splendor and small town charm.  Nestled between Gloucester and Ipswich on “the other Cape," Cape Ann, Essex is less than an hour's ride north of Boston. Long noted as one of the original shipbuilding centers of New England, Essex maintains strong ties with its heritage by way of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and its many water resources such as Chebacco Lake, the Essex River, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Today, Essex is best known for its seemingly endless supply of antique shops, boasting the largest number of antiques shops within a quarter mile than anywhere else in the country. For a small town, Essex also has a surprising number of restaurants, many of which feature fried clams, said to have been invented in Essex in 1914. Clamming remains one of the town's principal industries and an annual Clam Fest and chowder competition is held in October.

Visit the Essex Merchants Group website for more information on businesses and events in Essex, or the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce website for information about the neighboring towns of Gloucester, Rockport, and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

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