Originally inhabited by Native Americans of the Agawam Tribe, Essex, incorporated in 1819, went on to play a significant role in the shipbuilding industry, serving as the site of construction for more than 4,000 schooners. Today, the Essex River is home to some of the best clam flats in the world, allowing visitors of all ages the opportunity to meander through its rich tidal waters and along its banks by guided boat tour or a self-guided, adventure seeking, kayaking expedition. The town delights all with a wonderful array of antique and specialty shops, as well as restaurants that feature local, award winning seafood. It was here in scenic Essex, MA that the fried clam was invented by “Chubby” Woodman nearly 100 year ago.

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