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.
Come join the conversation on the history of clamming in Essex, the build of an authentic clamming skiff by students from the Topsfield Vocational Academy and the making of clamming baskets.
The leaders of the project, Justin Demetri, Jeff Lane, Mark Webster, Chris Stepler, and Susannah Winder will host a conversational lecture where derailing the conversation is most definitely encouraged! Come with your curiosity and you won’t be disappointed.
Did you enjoy the graveyard tour in Essex? Come and learn more about gravestones with the Essex Shipbuilding Museum President, Dr. David Driscoll. He is sure to have you on the edge of your grave, clinging on for dear life in the next installment of the “Frame Up to Fit Out Speaker Series”
The perfect project now you have put the boat to bed! Come and get your ditty on at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.
Join us in the Waterline Center for a Sunday morning workshop and make your own ditty bag. These bags have been used by sailors for centuries and have many uses from tool bags to produce bags. Please bring your own lunch!
Saturday November 2nd from 6-9 pm Come have a beer with us at our annual Biergarten fall fundraiser. Tickets include a colorful mix of German food, a silent auction full of amazing items (some made here in the shipyard) and a cash bar with beer donated by the Great Marsh Brewing Company. Tickets can be purchased on our website or at the door.
The Essex Shipbuilding Museum took a group of students, from Topsfield Vocational Academy, that built the clamming skiff on a trip last Friday. They left from Conomo Point and rowed the clam skiff, with two of the museums fleet of Sharptown barges to two clam flats (Seal Bank and Town Nub), where the students learned how to clam with a fork and by hand. Their teacher Mark Webster and professional clammer and project partner Ian MacDougall, of Hermit Crab Industries, showed the students how to harvest the clams. When they had dug enough clams (soft-shell and razor), they had a clambake on the flats followed by a row back to Conomo Point. A great way to end a tremendous project, they built the boat and then put it to work.
Its almost here, the 6th Annual Arts Festival in the Shipyard, get your art submissions in soon! The forecast is looking good for a picture perfect day at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Lots to see and do along with the art show and sale.