Essex National Heritage Area

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Essex National Heritage Area
Aerial view of Salem Willows in Salem, Massachusetts.jpg
Aerial view of Salem Willows in Salem, Massachusetts. Also pictured are Marblehead, Massachusetts and its harbor.
Type Historical
Location Essex County, Massachusetts Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°39′47.8″N 70°57′30.2″W / 42.663278°N 70.958389°W / 42.663278; -70.958389Coordinates: 42°39′47.8″N 70°57′30.2″W / 42.663278°N 70.958389°W / 42.663278; -70.958389
Area 828 square miles (2,140 km2)
Founded 1996
Visitors 2.7 million (yearly)
Governing body Essex National Heritage Commission
Essex National Heritage Area is located in Massachusetts
Essex National Heritage Area
Location of Essex National Heritage Area in Massachusetts

The Essex National Heritage Area is a National Heritage Area composed of all of Essex County, Massachusetts. It is overseen by the Essex National Heritage Commission (ENHC), a non-profit organization based in Salem, Massachusetts.[1]


The heritage area covers all of Essex County, including 34 cities and towns, 9,968 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 26 National Historic Landmarks, 9 state parks, and 2 National Park Service units.[1]

Along with 2.7 million annual visitors, roughly 743,159 residents live in the region, which is in the Greater Boston metropolitan area.[1]

Cities and towns[edit]

The heritage area includes the Merrimack Valley cities of Lawrence, Haverhill, and Amesbury, Massachusetts, which were important industrial and trade centers in the 18th and 19th centuries and the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in North America (along with nearby Lowell, Massachusetts), as well as the coastal cities of Newburyport, Gloucester and Salem, Massachusetts, also important locations in early American trade and history.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "About Us". Essex National Heritage Area.