Colonial Settlements, Maritime Adventures and Centuries of American Growth
The Essex National Heritage Area begins just 10 miles north of Boston and covers 500 square miles of eastern Massachusetts to the New Hampshire border. The Area includes hundreds of historical sites, miles of intact landscapes, glistening coastal regions and lifetimes of rich experiences that chronicle the history of our region and of our nation.
The Essex National Heritage Area is a member of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas and is one of 49 heritage areas in the United States.Read More
Experience Your America
Discover nearly 400 national parks on the official National Park Service webpage. Some may be closer than you think.Read More
What are National Heritage Areas?
They are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape.Read More
Did You Know?
The Ayer Mill Clock Tower in Lawrence is the second largest, 4-sided clock tower in the world behind London’s Big Ben. (Painting courtesy of Judith Purinton) More...