The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum collects and preserves the historical artifacts of the Town of Essex and interprets the extraordinary story of a small New England village where more two-masted fishing schooners were built than in any other place in the world.

Thanks to your generous financial and volunteer support, we pursued many improvements to our programs and exhibits for the 2017 season. Here is a list of just some of the projects that your support made possible:

Completed repairs and relaunched our flagship, the Chebacco Boat Lewis H. Story

Sailed the Lewis H. Story to participate in Sail Boston in June, Salem Maritime Heritage Festival in August, and the Gloucester Schooner Festival in September.  At these events, she was viewed by over 3 million visitors!

Hosted three fun, free, and family friendly events in our shipyard.

Created Looking Back: Essex Shipbuilding a Century Ago, an exhibit showcasing the vessels launched from Essex shipyards in 1917.

Created Women of Essex, an exhibit dedicated to telling the stories of some of Essex's notable female residents.

Expanded our exhibit on lofting and create a new exhibit on the ancillary trades that supported the shipyards in Essex.

Built two 24 foot rowboats in two days with a team of students from O'Maley Middle School.

Began construction on an American-style Banks Dory for the Schooner Adventure with a team of students from Topsfield Vocational Academy/North Shore Educational Consortium.