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Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum
(978) 768-7541
essexshipbuildingmuseum.org
66 Main Street, Essex

Essex Museum

Photo by Arlene Taliadoros

Shipbuilding in Essex began before 1668. More than 4,000 wooden vessels have been launched from the banks of the Essex River.  Visit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum to learn the story of how the determination and enterprise of a small village of New Englanders developed the American Fishing Schooner – a vessel that  powered the fishing industry and changed maritime history. The Essex  Shipbuilding Museum is open April through December. Summer hours:  Memorial Day Weekend to October 31, Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Off season hours, April to Memorial Day Weekend and November 1 to mid-December: Saturday and Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm. Guided Tours: Adults $10, $8 Seniors, $5 Children, under 5 years old free.  Self-Guided Tours: $7.

Eastern Point Lighthouse

White light flashing every 5 seconds.
Directions: Eastern Point Light is easily reached by following Eastern Point Boulevard to its end.

Easter Point Light House, Gloucester

Photo by Coastal Exposure

Eastern Point Lighthouse was erected on Gloucester’s Eastern Point to mark the harbor entrance in 1832. The current brick tower was built in 1890 and is 36 feet tall with a focal plane of 56 feet. In addition to the light, there is a large lighthouse station, which continues to serve as housing for the U.S. Coast Guard. One of the station’s more famous occupants was Winslow Homer. The noted artist spent a year living at the light in 1880.

Eastern Point Lighthouse

Photo by Boston Drone Works

Thacher Island Twin Lights

A National Historic Landmark
White light flashing five times at 20 second intervals.

Tacher Island's Twin Lights

Photo by Coastal Exposure

Also known as Cape Ann Light Station, the Twin Lights are the only surviving multiple lights on the coasts of the United States. The original 45-foot towers were constructed and lit in (1771 or 1789), making them among the oldest of America’s lighthouses. The stout 124-foot granite towers (with a focal plane of 166 feet) seen today replaced the original lights in 1861. The two towers, North and South, were constructed and placed so that when a ship puts sights on both towers, they point to true north, allowing sailors to check and adjust their compasses.

The Thacher Island Association provides a free boat service from Rockport Harbor to the island during the summer, with advance reservations. For more information visit thacherisland.org.

Twin Lights, Rockport

Photo by Boston Drone Works

Thacher's Island Twin Lights

Boston Drone Works

Rockport Lighthouse

Photo by Dwight Hebert

Rockport Twin Lights

Photo by Dwight Hebert

 

Beaches of Cape Ann: Singing Beach

Singing Beach

Singing Beach

Route 127 to Beach Street, Manchester

This immaculate beach will have you singing as you look at the clear blue waters and white sands. Enjoy a thirst quenching Slurpie or Italian ice at the snack bar.

  • The parking area is for residents only so you may have to walk from the train station or the center of town to enjoy this beach. Just under a mile, everyone does it!
  • $5 walk-on fee.
  • Directions: Route 127 to downtown Manchester to Beach Street (near the commuter rail station). Singing Beach is located at the end of Beach Street.

Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea

Singing Beach Manchester