The information below provides additional history about one of the sixteen points of interest along the tour. Visit Essex, Massachusetts and enjoy our self-guided tour to learn more about each historic Essex location on the interpretive signs.
THE ESSEX CAUSEWAY, "GREAT BRIDGE" AND SPAR POND
THE ESSEX CAUSEWAY (circa 1905)
Looking westward, schooners in various stages of completion line the banks of the Essex River. The Universalist Church steeple is seen on the left side of the causeway. The First Congregational Church steeple - housing a bell cast by Paul Revere - is visible above the shipyards.
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THE ESSEX CAUSEWAY (1922)
Looking westward two decades later, several fried clam shacks line the road, including Woodman’s of Essex (second building on left). Woodman’s reached its 100th year as a family business in Essex in 2014. In the distance, peering out on the right side of the road, a schooner is under construction as shipbuilding in Essex continues.