GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

September 27, 2013

Essex showcasing cultural district Saturday

By James Niedzinski
Staff Writer

---- — ESSEX — Nearly a year after receiving the state designation, Essex will hold its first real celebration of its Essex River Cultural District.

The first cultural district walk-through is being planned for Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. beginning at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Main Street.

Everyone is invited to take in the local history, live music and food, while also joining in the ribbon-cutting ceremony that will feature local and state officials.

Following along the town’s new sidewalks, the walk will also showcase more than a dozen interpretive signs that mark historic sites dating as far back as the 17th century – including the Old Burying Ground and the First Congregational Church, which houses an original Paul Revere bell cast in 1797.

Visitors can also also step into the Victorian Era and view the unique shingle-style Essex Town Hall and T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, and other century-old structures while learning how more than 300 years of shipbuilding in Essex produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels — the most recent launched just in July 2011.

Essex’s rich clamming history and the once-flourishing railroad industry will also be featured.

The self-guided walk will also include food and drinks from Chebacco Market.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.