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Rockport is a popular place to visit. Rockport, named for the tons of rock and granite shipped from its port in bygone days, is now an artists colony and resort. It features the "Paper House" - a home made entirely of newspaper, and the Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museum. Bearskin Neck is the commercial area containing many shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries. The beautiful harbor is one of the most often painted in the world, and the unique underwater topography attracts increasing numbers of scuba divers. Dry yourself off before visiting the Paper House at Pigeon Cove - it's made entirely of newspaper!


A city rich in history and beauty, Newburyport has much to offer visitors. Incorporated in 1635, Newburyport grew to become one of the major ship building commercial centers on the east coast, home to many famous sea captains and statesmen in colonial times. In the 1970s, Newburyport underwent an extensive downtown restoration project. Today the charming simplicity of this restored city is home to many fine shops, restaurants, inns, and historic sites that create a delightful storybook atmosphere found only in Newburyport.
Beautiful Federal and Victorian sea captain's homes grace stately High Street. For the savvy shopper, attractive bargains can be discovered in the numerous antique and secondhand shops. And for the novice or experienced fishermen, charter fishing expeditions leave from here often


Intimately dependent on the sea, is still an active commercial fishing center. Its colorful wharves are still in use; its restaurants feature, what else but, seafood; it has the famous statue of fishermen at the wheel of the ship. Here you will enjoy the narrow streets lined with weathered houses and church spires, and the sea gulls circling over the rocky coast and white sand beaches. You'll want to visit the Cape Ann Historical Association, with an excellent collection of artifacts and paintings; the Beauport Museum, 26 fascinating rooms of decorative arts and interior design; and the Hammond Castle Museum, which houses a collection of Renaissance objects, are all popular attractions.


Essex is a small town which began as an important location in the shipbuilding industry since the 17th century, building hundreds of wooden ships for the Gloucester schooner trade. While this great industry of has Essex has shrunk down to just a few privately-owned companies, its history is commemorated by the Shipbuilding Museum, which features movies, pictures, and a great deal of industry memorabilia. In present days, Essex is known for its antique shops and seafood restaurants. In this little town of three thousand people, there are 70 authorized antique dealers running 40 shops, as well as 14 seafood restaurants, which have become an Essex tradition. Essex claims the distinction of having invented the fried clam. The Essex Rivers curls right into town, and you might engage in kayaking , or take a cruise into the Ipswitch Bay.


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