The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is located in Essex, the town next door. They have a cluster of buildings on the water with a boat yard and small exhibit space. Essex is known for having built wooden schooners and the museum is located on a site that was put aside in 1668 specifically for the purpose of building wooden ships.
Essex the town, is also known for it's antique shops and seafood. If you haven't been to this classic New England town I recommend a visit. It's a nice day trip from Boston. Have lunch and a visit to the local shops & museum. There is even a sea kayak rental/tour shop in Essex that will take you on a tour out into the open waters and over to Crane Beach for the afternoon.
There used to be a toy shop along the main drag of Essex in a beautiful old stone building. It was a favorite of my older son due to their wonderful collection of toy trucks. This toy store isn't around any longer but just across the street is a business worth checking out. Cause Creative is bringing local makers to Essex by hosting pop-ups and how-to events. Sweetgum participated in the Mother's Day pop-up here back in May. Check out their facebook page for more events.
Last summer Sweetgum had a photoshoot at the Shipbuilding museum. What could be more New England than this setting for our textiles that are inspired by this region!? I love the weathered appearance of the interior spaces and the views out to the boat yards. Cynthia August Images took the beautiful photos below.