Check out the Historic Essex Walking Tour during your September stay with us at Atlantis Oceanfront Inn hotel in Gloucester. During this self-guided tour (with a brochure and map to guide you) you will experience the historic significance of Essex, MA. You will learn how 300+ years of shipbuilding produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels; find a 1797 Paul Revere bell; discover the birthplace of the fried clam; learn about the grave robberies of 1818; gain insight into how Essex became known as “America’s Antiques Capital”; and more! If you get tired, benches along the Essex Causeway provide a place to sit and relax as you take the tour. Along this one mile stretch in the Essex River Cultural District you’ll find antique and specialty shops, restaurants, and views of the Essex River and Great Marsh. Visit their website here to see all of the attractions.