Did you know that the Custom House Maritime Museum is one of thirteen Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Centers?
Have you ever traveled any stretch of the ninety mile route of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway to explore the picturesque and historic Boston’s North Shore? The route meanders through fourteen coastal communities in Essex County Massachusetts and makes a great outing for the day. Pack the car and a picnic lunch to get out to explore your own back yard safely. Many of the historic sites and museums are closed but there is still much to see out-of-doors. There are dairy and horse farms, historic districts with period architecture and working harbors.
The Essex National Heritage Area (ENHA) https://essexheritage.org/ engages people in our country’s past to forge deeper relationships with the communities, institutions and the environments of Essex County, improving quality of life for today and future. ENHA promotes discovery of heritage experiences through their annual Trails & Sails event, the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway and annual Photo contest. ENHA tells inspiring stories, offer learning opportunities and provide resources to partners who share their mission. The ENHA Visitor Center Grants provide critical funding to the thirteen welcome centers around Essex County, allowing them to be open and accessible to the 2.7 million annual visitors to this region. Did you know the Custom House Maritime Museum is one of these Visitor Heritage Centers?
Looking for a family activity? Consider purchasing the National Park Service (NPS) Passport to the Parks. It’s part of a program the NPS have been running since the 1980s. Books can be purchase or at any park. Each National Park, Landmark, and even Heritage Area have cancellation stamps available to stamp into their book. Some NPS sites also have large physical sticker stamps (they release a new one every year) that you can stick into the book, but Essex Heritage just does the cancellation stamps. Come visit the Custom House Maritime Museum weekends when open to get your cancellation stamp. Collect them all! The best part is discovering the rich heritage of your own back yard.