It is my pleasure to add my welcome to your visit to our website.

The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum is a center for education, preservation, and study of traditional Essex shipbuilding and the community that supported it. We maintain a large collection of objects, documents, and photographs. We bring history alive with student and adult programs. Our A.D. Story Shipyard is a working exhibit of shipbuilding tools and techniques. Our vessels, the Schooner Evelina M. Goulart and the Chebacco Schooner Lewis H. Story, illustrate the evolution of shipbuilding in Essex over the last 350 plus years. In addition, we host fun community events like our wine tasting event, and our digital photographic workshop that appeal to a wide variety of folks.

2014 will be another exciting year for the Museum. In addition to offering regular tours, we will be continuing to collaborate both the Cape Ann Museum and Maritime Gloucester in offering a “Fish and Ships Pass” that will provide one admission to all three venues over a seven-day period for the special rate of $18. 

Take time to familiarize yourself with the Museum by both exploring this website and our Facebook page. Plan a visit to the Museum soon. The website with wonderful ideas for other things to do in our village of Essex.

I also encourage you to look into the enjoyment of becoming a volunteer here at our museum. A short email to will elicit a response from our Volunteer Coordinator to answer your questions and set up an opportunity to meet other volunteers here at the museum. It’s a lot of fun.

Thank you for your interest in the Museum and I hope to see you soon!

Lee Spence

President, Board of Directors

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum