Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum

Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum EHSSM is Open to visitors again. Both the Visitor Center and Historic Schoolhouse is open Sat & Sun 10am - 3pm. Self guided tours of the Shipyard is Open Dawn to Dusk.

Operating as usual

@capeannpleinair artists finding beauty in the things we sometimes take for granted. #artist #pleinairpainting  #shipyar...
10/06/2021

@capeannpleinair artists finding beauty in the things we sometimes take for granted. #artist #pleinairpainting #shipyard

@capeannpleinair artists finding beauty in the things we sometimes take for granted. #artist #pleinairpainting #shipyard

10/05/2021

Welcome Cape Ann Plein Air! 35 Artists from around the country have descended on Cape Ann, many of them landing here in the Shipyard to capture the local scenery!

We are proud to stand as a scenic vista for the artists to take in the beauty of Cape Ann!

#shipyard #local #CAPA #art #artists #pleinairpainting #community #culture #livinghistory

Happening now!
09/27/2021

Happening now!

Please take a minute from your busy day to VOTE for our small non-profit - Essex Shipbuilding Museum. BankGloucester is ...
09/22/2021
Banking for the Community – Bank Gloucester

Please take a minute from your busy day to VOTE for our small non-profit - Essex Shipbuilding Museum.
BankGloucester is giving again.
https://www.bankgloucester.com/ballot

Thank you,
EHSSM

The Bank has donated $225,000 to local community organizations through this program directly. This year, the Bank will donate a total of $25,000 to 21 organizations. Recipients are determined by the number of votes cast. You may vote for any of the organizations listed on the ballot and/or write-in....

TODAY! is the FARMERS MARKET in the SHIPYARD. Support your local Farmers & Makers and the markets that showcase them. #f...
09/20/2021

TODAY! is the FARMERS MARKET in the SHIPYARD. Support your local Farmers & Makers and the markets that showcase them. #farmersmarket #essexma #shipyard #shoplocal
Cedar Rock Gardens, Laurie Lufkin Baked Goods, Ebben Creek Honey, Cape Ann Sea Salt, Hold Fast Soap, Carib Fish, Ardizzoni Photo, Michael Updike -Slate Art, Museum Gift Shop

TODAY! is the FARMERS MARKET in the SHIPYARD. Support your local Farmers & Makers and the markets that showcase them. #farmersmarket #essexma #shipyard #shoplocal
Cedar Rock Gardens, Laurie Lufkin Baked Goods, Ebben Creek Honey, Cape Ann Sea Salt, Hold Fast Soap, Carib Fish, Ardizzoni Photo, Michael Updike -Slate Art, Museum Gift Shop

We’re Sorry to have to close our exhibit spaces this weekend September 17th, 18th and 19th. The Shipyard and Burial Grou...
09/17/2021

We’re Sorry to have to close our exhibit spaces this weekend September 17th, 18th and 19th. The Shipyard and Burial Ground remains open for self guided tours from Dawn to Dusk everyday. Our exhibit spaces will be open again next weekend with our fall weekend schedule, Fri-Sun 10-3pm

We’re Sorry to have to close our exhibit spaces this weekend September 17th, 18th and 19th. The Shipyard and Burial Ground remains open for self guided tours from Dawn to Dusk everyday. Our exhibit spaces will be open again next weekend with our fall weekend schedule, Fri-Sun 10-3pm

Lewis H. Story at the Schooner Festival Race. Photo by George Bekris.
09/15/2021

Lewis H. Story at the Schooner Festival Race. Photo by George Bekris.

Lewis H. Story at the Schooner Festival Race. Photo by George Bekris.

Katherine Dench is now a new captain of the Museum's schooner the Lewis H. Story.The "Story" participated in the Glouces...
09/07/2021

Katherine Dench is now a new captain of the Museum's schooner the Lewis H. Story.
The "Story" participated in the Gloucester Schooner Festival. Photo by Len Burgess.

Katherine Dench is now a new captain of the Museum's schooner the Lewis H. Story.
The "Story" participated in the Gloucester Schooner Festival. Photo by Len Burgess.

09/03/2021
Gloucester Harbor is going to be alive this weekend with the Schooner Festival. Make your way to Fish City for this magn...
09/02/2021

Gloucester Harbor is going to be alive this weekend with the Schooner Festival. Make your way to Fish City for this magnificent outdoor event and see our flagship LEWIS H. STORY in person. Check out @maritimegloucester for details. https://www.maritimegloucester.org/sf-visitor-info #schooners #shipbuilding #s6ship

Gloucester Harbor is going to be alive this weekend with the Schooner Festival. Make your way to Fish City for this magnificent outdoor event and see our flagship LEWIS H. STORY in person. Check out @maritimegloucester for details. https://www.maritimegloucester.org/sf-visitor-info #schooners #shipbuilding #s6ship

My first command!
09/01/2021

My first command!

The LEWIS H. STORY on her way to race in the #gloucesterschoonetfest #schooner #s6ship #ambassador #schoonerfest

The LEWIS H. STORY on her way to race in the #gloucesterschoonetfest #schooner #s6ship #ambassador #schoonerfest
09/01/2021

The LEWIS H. STORY on her way to race in the #gloucesterschoonetfest #schooner #s6ship #ambassador #schoonerfest

The LEWIS H. STORY on her way to race in the #gloucesterschoonetfest #schooner #s6ship #ambassador #schoonerfest

The safety of our staff and visitors is very important to us. Please stay safe out there today! We will be open again on...
08/22/2021

The safety of our staff and visitors is very important to us. Please stay safe out there today! We will be open again on Thursday for our regularly scheduled splendor.

The safety of our staff and visitors is very important to us. Please stay safe out there today! We will be open again on Thursday for our regularly scheduled splendor.

WOW, WHAT A LINEUP...Here's the latest list from Daisy Nell of 23 schooners coming to the "Gloucester Schooner Festival"...
08/21/2021

WOW, WHAT A LINEUP...Here's the latest list from Daisy Nell of 23 schooners coming to the "Gloucester Schooner Festival" Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3 thru 6. There may be some vessel changes later. Photo by Ed Collard.
LARGE:
Adventure
American Eagle
Columbia
Roseway

MEDIUM:
Alert
Ardelle
Fame
Fritha
Light Reign
Thomas Lannon
Tree of Life
When and If

SMALL:
Bald Eagle
Blackbird
Eileen Marie
Green Dragon
Istar
Lewis H. Story
Malabar II
Redbird
Renegade
Strombus
Sycamore

WOW, WHAT A LINEUP...Here's the latest list from Daisy Nell of 23 schooners coming to the "Gloucester Schooner Festival" Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3 thru 6. There may be some vessel changes later. Photo by Ed Collard.
LARGE:
Adventure
American Eagle
Columbia
Roseway

MEDIUM:
Alert
Ardelle
Fame
Fritha
Light Reign
Thomas Lannon
Tree of Life
When and If

SMALL:
Bald Eagle
Blackbird
Eileen Marie
Green Dragon
Istar
Lewis H. Story
Malabar II
Redbird
Renegade
Strombus
Sycamore

08/12/2021

Open 10-3 today! Perfect time to chill out in the AC and explore our little museum!

#museum #shipbuilding #history #marine #essex #mariners #sailor #seafarer #family #capeann #sea #marsh #shipping #vessel #s6ship #marinemuseum #navigation #historymuseum #instashipping #instaship #seamen #offshore #fisheries #essexma #maritimeuniverse #boat #woodenboat #allwoodallgood #museumoutreach #frameup

08/04/2021

LEWIS H STORY is back in the water! Thank you Jocelyn for the skilled and professional launch service. So excited to go sailing again!

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Local Essex tradition has it that the first Chebacco Boat was built in the attic of a house. This is likely more legend than fact.

However, Chebaccos were almost always built near the dwelling of the builder and sometimes no more than a few yards from the front door.
When finished, the boats were loaded onto pairs of wooden wheels and hauled to the launch-site by teams of oxen.

Boat hauling went out of favor about the year 1835. Thereafter, all Essex vessels were built on the river's edge.

#museum #shipbuilding #history #marine #essex #mariners #sailor #seafarer #family #capeann #sea #marsh #shipping #vessel #s6ship #marinemuseum #navigation #historymuseum #instashipping #instaship #seamen #offshore #fisheries #essexma #maritimeuniverse #boat #woodenboat #allwoodallgood #museumoutreach #frameup

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum's historic schooner "Lewis H. Story" plus 25 other schooners are signed up to be at the GL...
08/02/2021

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum's historic schooner "Lewis H. Story" plus 25 other schooners are signed up to be at the GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL...September 3 - 6.
So mark your calendar now for this great Labor Day Weekend event. Photo by Len Burgess
Here's all the festival information... https://www.maritimegloucester.org/schooner-festival.

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum's historic schooner "Lewis H. Story" plus 25 other schooners are signed up to be at the GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL...September 3 - 6.
So mark your calendar now for this great Labor Day Weekend event. Photo by Len Burgess
Here's all the festival information... https://www.maritimegloucester.org/schooner-festival.

Looking for something to do during this rainy July? Come and visit our exhibits! #museum #shipbuilding #history #marine ...
07/20/2021

Looking for something to do during this rainy July? Come and visit our exhibits!

#museum #shipbuilding #history #marine #essex #mariners #sailor #seafarer #family #capeann #sea #marsh #shipping #vessel #s6ship #marinemuseum #historymuseum #instashipping #instaship #seamen #offshore #fisheries #essexma #maritimeuniverse #boat #woodenboat #allwoodallgood #museumoutreach #frameup

Looking for something to do during this rainy July? Come and visit our exhibits!

#museum #shipbuilding #history #marine #essex #mariners #sailor #seafarer #family #capeann #sea #marsh #shipping #vessel #s6ship #marinemuseum #historymuseum #instashipping #instaship #seamen #offshore #fisheries #essexma #maritimeuniverse #boat #woodenboat #allwoodallgood #museumoutreach #frameup

07/10/2021

Traditional Essex shipbuilding starts with a model.

Follow the progress of our Operations Manager KD, as she learns the ins and outs of Essex shipbuilding through a traditional arts apprenticeship under Master Shipwright Harold Burnham, granted by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Recorded Zoom talks are on YouTube under “Frame up to Fit out”
Watch KD start the planning and design process of her own dream build, while assisting Harold with the beginning stages of rehabilitating Sylvina W Beal!

#museum #shipbuilding #history #marine #essex #mariners #sailor #seafarer #family #capeann #sea #marsh #shipping #vessel #s6ship #marinemuseum #navigation #historymuseum #instashipping #instaship #seamen #offshore #fisheries #essexma #maritimeuniverse #boat #woodenboat #allwoodallgood #museumoutreach #frameup

WE ARE OPEN! It is a perfect museum day out there folks! Come visit us at both of our location, 66 Main Street, and 28 M...
06/25/2021

WE ARE OPEN!

It is a perfect museum day out there folks! Come visit us at both of our location, 66 Main Street, and 28 Main Street in Essex!

FREE ADMISSION SUMMER 2021!

Thursday-Sunday 10-3

#museum #shipbuilding #history #marine #essex #mariners #sailor #seafarer #family #capeann #sea #marsh #shipping #vessel #photography #s6ship #marinemuseum #navigation #historymuseum #instashipping #instaship #seamen #fisheries #essexma #maritimeuniverse #boat #woodenboat #allwoodallgood #museumoutreach #frameup

We ♥️ our volunteers!So grateful for the growing community of volunteers that keep our site vibrant and alive. Want to j...
06/22/2021

We ♥️ our volunteers!

So grateful for the growing community of volunteers that keep our site vibrant and alive.

Want to join the EHSM family? Follow the link in our bio to get involved!

#museum #shipbuilding #history #marine #essex #mariners #sailor #seafarer #family #capeann #sea #marsh #shipping #vessel #photography #s6ship #marinemuseum #navigation #historymuseum #instashipping #instaship #seamen #volunteer #essexma #maritimeuniverse #boat #woodenboat #allwoodallgood #museumoutreach #frameup

Our gift shop is open for Father’s Day shopping. This Saturday & Sunday 10-3pm. Shop our branded, Koozies , Mugs, Steins...
06/19/2021

Our gift shop is open for Father’s Day shopping. This Saturday & Sunday 10-3pm. Shop our branded, Koozies , Mugs, Steins, Can and Pint glasses, Denim Shirts, Tees, Trucker Hats, books, cutting Boards etc. Stop by or shop online.
https://www.essexshipbuilding.org/merchandise
#essex #shipbuilding #museum #shoplocally #s6ship #fathersday #boatbuilding #visitessexma

Essex proud. 🏳️‍🌈♥️🌈 #pride  #lgbt #lgbtq #loveislove #love #pridemonth #instagay #q***r #gaypride #trans #instagood #fo...
06/17/2021

Essex proud. 🏳️‍🌈♥️🌈

#pride #lgbt #lgbtq #loveislove #love #pridemonth #instagay #q***r #gaypride #trans #instagood #follow #like #instagram #lgbtqia #lovewins #rainbow #art #lgbtpride #photography #nonbinary #s6ship #community

Essex proud. 🏳️‍🌈♥️🌈

#pride #lgbt #lgbtq #loveislove #love #pridemonth #instagay #q***r #gaypride #trans #instagood #follow #like #instagram #lgbtqia #lovewins #rainbow #art #lgbtpride #photography #nonbinary #s6ship #community

Getting ready!
06/17/2021

Getting ready!

Getting ready!

Launch of the student built Ben Garvey skiff. Students from the Topsfield Vocational Academy have spent two days a week ...
06/11/2021

Launch of the student built Ben Garvey skiff.
Students from the Topsfield Vocational Academy have spent two days a week for two years building this beauty! (as Covid-19 restrictions allowed)

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66 Main St
Essex, MA
01929

Opening Hours

Friday 10am - 3pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Sunday 10am - 3pm

Telephone

(978) 768-7541

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2021 National Maritime Historical Invitational Art Gallery has a couple of items of local interest. Including this painting of the Henry Ford passing by Thacher's Island in 1925. The painting is by Laura Cooper, 15 x 25 inches, oil on linen, for $6500. If somebody has that amount to spare, the Museum will gladly accept the painting as a donation (hint, hint). Other paintings here, including the one I really wanted but A) was already sold, and B) I couldn't afford anyway. https://seahistory.org/artgallery2021/?fbclid=IwAR2Q5OOIyqwjKr8EGRlsO1KMi0-WS7NkNnnetiYKrNLtgfgy7uHQW2d-Dh0
My daughter was married this past weekend in Essex. During the weekend, my wife and I took a tour of your quite extraordinarily wonderful town. During the walk, we went thru the cemetery at the Congregational Church. Great history! I picked up a seed pod. What kind of trees are in this spot? I hope to grow the tree and present to the couple when they purchase their first home.
I went for a drive today, up the bay of exploits on Newfoundland, Canada and found this. Thought I'd share. Found it very interesting.
I am a fisherman in Newfoundland, Canada. We had an old keel of a boat come up in our trawl. The keel was concrete and has what looks like knobcone pine cones inside. Have you heard of anything like this used in old boat build techniques?
Charley Seavey wrote She was built in Essex by John James & Co. in 1881.
Jan 8th Frame Up to Fit Out lecture. Alfred Johnson and the sailing dory Centennial. Dan Noyes will discuss the history of the first Trans-Atlantic single handed crossing 1876, and construction of a replica sailing banks dory.
can you delete any duplicate images in the Centennial post please... for some reason images were not displaying while typing post.
Can't wait to visit!
**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to New York and New England Heritage (Historical and Genealogical) Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island, in New York City, to honor their Ancestors and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. A significant amount of the Mariners were from New England. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2244490/sailors-snug-harbor-cemetery Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/caretakers-shoot-down-plans-for-monument-for-fallen-sailors/ The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. You can help support the Descendants by writing a Letter of Support using the Support Letter Writing Instructions at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx
Today June 8
Hello, All. I have the bell from The Methodist Church. Actually an old school bell. Height of the bell itself is about 18”. It should stay in Essex. Would the Shipbuilding Museum like it?
No proximo dia 22 lançarei o Livro "Os Últimos Terranovas Portuguses".A história da pesca do bacalhau pelos portugueses. Logo após a apresentação enviarei um livro para o Vosso acervo.Abraço Senos da Fonseca