Essex, located just north of Manchester by the Sea is a very small community. With only 3,500 residents the town maintains a close, but private atmosphere compared to other nearby towns. Located on the North Shore’s peaceful Essex Bay, the town includes Crane Wildlife Refuge, a small group of islands in the bay.
In 2011 Boston Magazine ranked Manchester Essex public schools #6 in the state out of 135 communities.
Due to the exceptional quality of the clam that lives in the tidal river in Essex, the town supports a thriving restaurant industry. In fact, the fried clam was reportedly invented at Woodman’s of Essex over a 100 years ago! If you’re looking for some of the best seafood in all of New England, explore Essex.
The town has also become an increasingly popular destination for antiquers. The town boasts the greatest number of antique shops per square mile in the entirety of the United States, which presents new residents an excellent opportunity for furnishing their homes.
Explore Essex, Massachusetts
- Official Town of Essex Website
- Historic Essex Walking Tour
- Crane Wildlife Refuge
- Visit Essex – Tourism Board
- Stravros Reservation
- Essex Shipbuilding Museum
- Essex National Heritage Area
- Manchester-Essex Youth Soccer
Featured Essex Real Estate
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