Essex National Heritage Area
|Essex National Heritage Area|
|Location||Essex County, Massachusetts|
|Area||828 square miles (2,140 km2)|
|Visitors||2.7 million (yearly)|
|Governing body||Essex National Heritage Commission|
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.
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.
Cities and towns
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.
- "About Us". Essex National Heritage Area.