Images of America: Essex

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By Dawn Robertson and Kurt Wilhelm

Published by Arcadia ©2010

Softcover - 127 pages

Essex is a classic small New England seaside village, but the serene landscape belies the town’s rich history. According to tradition, the first Essex boat was built in an attic around 1660. Eventually, this shipbuilding industry would create a thriving town as it developed into one of the largest producers of fishing schooners in the country. Over time Essex became the birthplace of the fried clam, sent a native son to the baseball major leagues, acquired a Paul Revere church bell and raised a barn that is now the oldest still in use in America. With a newly gathered collection of vintage images, Essex reveals a microcosm of American culture and growth, telling the story of leading patriots, entrepreneurs, Civil War heroes, and hardworking everyday citizens.