Central Wharf Restrooms Closed
The Central Wharf public restrooms will be closed on Thursday and Friday, September 18th and 19th for exterior door replacement. They are scheduled to reopen on Saturday at 9am.
Fishing Prohibition on Hold
On 8/20/14 the park issued a rule change prohibiting fishing throughout the park due to concerns over water quality and visitor safety. The fishing prohibition is now on hold, pending further review - click for more information. More »
Award-Winning Essex Heritage Area Images on Display at Visitor Center
Contact: Emily Murphy, National Park Service, 978-740-1691
Contact: Barbara McGowan, Essex National Heritage Area, 978-740-0444
(Salem, Mass) . . . As ongoing partners in the stewardship of the Essex National Heritage Area, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Essex National Heritage Commission (ENHC) have opened an exhibit of award-winning images from the 2007 Essex Heritage Photography Contest in the NPS Regional Visitor Center, Salem. From twinkling lights along the Lawrence Canal to a lone snowy egret in the Great Marsh, the range of images in this exhibit captures the dramatic landscapes and true essence of the Essex National Heritage Area.
The photographers displaying their work include: Grand Prize Winner, Matthew Shelter (Byfield), Daniel Terry (Ipswich), Kathryn Prybylski (Boston), Zachary Peterson (Ipswich), Marion J. Bayly (Speculator, NY), Jean Mackay (Slingerlands, NY) and Trish McGregor (Rowley). Among the awards given to winners were annual National Park passes from the National Park Service. Each image represents one of two photo contest categories: Architectural Heritage and the Essex National Heritage Area, celebrating both the authentic New England buildings and landscape that makes our area unique. The award-winning photographs may also be viewed on the Essex Heritage website.
Dates for the 2008 Essex Heritage Photography Contest have also been announced. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2008, and all photos must have been captured between November 10, 2007 and October 1, 2008 to be eligible. Amateur photographers are invited to submit images taken in the Essex National Heritage Area, assigning them to one of three categories: "A Winter Wonderland," "On the Trail" or "A Trails & Sails Experience."
Photographers are encouraged to capture the essence of an Essex Heritage experience and/or speak to Essex Heritage's role in preserving and promoting the rocky coasts and harbors, farms and forests, historic districts, rivers and marshes of Essex County. More details on how to submit are posted on the Essex Heritage website.
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About the Salem Maritime Regional Visitor Center
About the Essex National Heritage Area
About the Essex National Heritage Commission
About Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Did You Know?
Over 20,000 visitors go through the Regional Visitor Center in Salem, MA on an average October weekend.