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Weeding Wednesdays, August 23
Wednesday, August 23, 10a.m. - noon

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Call for volunteers! Volunteer alongside Historic New England's staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month. Drop-ins welcome.

Please call 978-768-3632 for more information. To sign up visit the MA Master Gardeners Association website.

When: Aug 23, 2017 10am in Essex, MA
Cost: $0.00

Faces and Families: Folk Art Portraits at Cogswell's Grant

Saturday, August 26, 10a.m. - noon

Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.
  
Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for an in-depth look at the collection of folk art portraits at Cogswell's Grant. Discover the many families and artists represented in the house.

In the days before photography, portraits offered self-expression and family documentation, first to wealthy colonial settlers, then to the middle class. Itinerant artists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, often self-taught, painted inexpensive portraits for rural families, and worked in a style whose charm still appeals today.

$5 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 or register online.

When: Aug 26, 2017 10am in Essex, MA
Cost: $15.00

Coastal Farming Walking Tour, September 9

Saturday, September 9, 11a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.
 
On this special walking tour, explore the history of Cogswell's Grant as a working farm from the seventeenth century to the present.

Walk through fields and down to the marsh, discover the stories of the families who lived and farmed here, and learn how coastal farming has evolved over the centuries.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

Registration is recommended. Please call 978-768-3632 or register online.

When: Sep 9, 2017 11am in Essex, MA
Cost: $5.00

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About Essex, MA
Essex Massachusetts is a must see if you love antiques and seafood! Essex is located on the North Shore of Massachusetts and is part of historic and beautiful Cape Ann. You will find fabulous antique shops and White Elephant shops along both sides of the main streets.

Visit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum where more schooners were built than any other town in the world! You may also choose to cruise the area on any one of the many cruise boats or fishing charters. The bird watching on the marshes is unsurpassed so bring your camera!

Essex has many open spaces and conservation areas with trails and gorgeous waterfront scenery. It is a fabulous place to visit or live.

DID YOU KNOW: That the fried clam was invented right here in Essex in 1916? Be prepared for some truly mouth watering, delicious and fresh seafood including the World-famous fried clams!!