Save the Barn to Raise The Barn !

Please join the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum in its effort to save a historic 18th century barn and a piece of our community’s history. A premier example of pre-industrial workmanship, the barn features hand-hewn timbers and traditional mortise and tenon joinery. Once part of the historic Cogswell farm in the Town of Essex, MA, the barn has proudly served many generations, including the prominent female American architect Eleanor Raymond. It is a structure with both historic and architectural importance.

The barn is currently located on John Wise Avenue in Essex, on a site under municipal development. It was originally slated for demolition, but the Museum has an opportunity to disassemble and preserve the barn; however, the structure must be removed by mid-February 2020 or it will be demolished. There is a team of enthusiastic and skilled volunteers working at the site already, but your financial support is critical to the success of this effort.

Time is of the essence and we need your help!

“Speaking to their good stock and helpful demeanor, the contractors hired to construct the new Town Safety Building have no appetite for driving their steel buckets through the still sturdy, quite entirely intact original roof and walls of this long serving, still ready, good friend.” -David Brown, Vice President of the ESM Board of Directors

It is the Museum’s intent that the legacy of this historic structure not come to an end, and that – once successfully disassembled and removed – the barn be re-erected and preserved at the Museum’s shipyard, a National Heritage Site, where it can be used for desperately needed boatbuilding, educational programming, or interpretive space, and where the public can access and appreciate the craftsmanship and history of the structure for generations to come. The Museum has raised an initial $22,000 from private donors to kick off this effort, and has received generous donations of time and equipment from local firms.

However, additional funding is critical.

The Museum currently has a commitment to match dollar-for-dollar the next $20,000 of donations, to help reach an immediate goal needed to accomplish the removal of the barn from the site and avoid its demolition. Further funding will be needed to support the barn’s re-erection and re-purposing.For more information go to the EHSSM website: or to make a donation go here: and thank you!

We’re all in this together! Take the Cape Ann Community Survey.

At Action Inc., our goal is to meet our community’s needs. Every three years, we conduct a community-wide needs assessment to better understand the issues that are most important to Cape Ann residents.

Please take five minutes to complete our survey and tell us the biggest challenges that you see facing Cape Ann residents today. Your input will help us improve our services in the future.

If you provide contact information, you will also be entered into a drawing for one of ten $25 Market Basket gift cards!

Thanks so much for your help!

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Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s first Open House of 2020!

Please join us at our state-of-the-art teaching facility in Blackburn Center on Thursday, January 23rd for Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s first Open House of the year.

Come learn more about this innovative program and how it can lead to an exciting career in biotech!

Applications for the 2021 class will be available, and students, alumni and teachers will be on site to chat with and answer your questions.

Please reach out to Lead Teacher Elizabeth Wing at for more information.

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Frame Up to Fit Out Lecture Series – Dan’s Dories – Jan 8th

Come and join the conversation with Dan Noyes as he talks about building and sailing his Centennial Dory up and down the Atlantic Coast.

Dan, an accomplished boat designer, builder and repairer based in Newbury, will entertain and engage with tales of boat building and seafaring.

Grab a friend and come enjoy the discussion.

January the 8th, 7:00pm at Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main Street, Essex MA 01929. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance here: