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Essex is a town in on Cape Ann in the North Shore region of Massachusetts. Settled by direct descendants of the Mayflower passengers in the early 1600s, it was later world-renowned as North America's fishing schooner construction center. Today, history permeates the town, enhanced by its many antique stores.

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By car[edit]

From the South Take Interstate 93 North to the Route 128/Peabody exit. Follow 128/I-95 North staying to the left (Route 128) at the 128/I-95 split. Take Exit 15 Manchester/Essex. At the end of the ramp turn left.

From the North Take Interstate 95 South to the Route 128/Gloucester exit. Follow 128/I-95 North staying to the left (Route 128) at the 128/I-95 split. Take Exit 15 Manchester/Essex. At the end of the ramp turn left.

By Train[edit]

While there is no direct train service to Essex, on weekends during summer months the Ipswich Essex Explorer connects with the MBTA commuter rail at Ipswich on the Newburyport line.

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Buy[edit]

Essex is famous for its antique stores, many of which are converted from 1800s era residences. There is, perhaps, no finer array of antique shops, with over 35 establishments to browse.

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Sleep[edit]

  • George Fuller House, 148 Main St, +1 978-768-7766. Nice downtown bed and breakfast.
  • Essex River House Motel, 132 Main St, +1 978-768-6800. One night stays available.

Go next[edit]

Rockport and Gloucester are interesting next stops.

Routes through Essex
END  N MA Route 22.svg S  HamiltonBeverly
GeorgetownIpswich  W MA Route 133.svg E  GloucesterEnds at MA Route 127.svg


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