Join Essex County Ghost Project on a FREE guided ghost tour of Hilldale Cemetary - one of the Merrimack Valley's most active cemeteries as part of Trails & Sails 2016. Join us for a weekend of paranormal enlightenment! On Friday night there will be an equipment class to learn how to use some of the tools we use today. After the class, tour one of the most haunted cemeteries in New England. On Saturday night join us for a paranormal talk by a secret guest. After the presentation we will take a paranormal walk around the cemetery.
Trails & Sails 2015
Essex National Heritage Area sites will offer over 150 free family fun events over the weekends of September 16-18 and September 23-25, 2016 for the 15th annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area will provide a passport to FREE fun and adventure.
House of Seven Gables hosts a Trails & Sails 2016 tour that focuses on the gardens and how they change seasonally! Join The House of the Seven Gables for a fabulous talk by Robyn Kanter to learn about The Gables' historic garden. Robyn Kanter, of Kanter Design Associates, worked under Dan Foley, landscape architect and horticulturist, when he relandscaped the Gables' garden and has remained true to its vision. She will tell the story of a garden that is one of the oldest on the North Shore, and arguably one of the oldest anywhere that has remained virtually unchanged by time and fashion.
Come to the Lynn Museum and Historical Society for free tours on during Trails & Sails 2016! Take a FREE tour of the museum and see the exhibits now on display: Lynn History...; Greetings From Lynn: Postcard Views of the City; A Step Back in Time, displaying over 100 shoes on view; Lynn at Home in the Victorian Era; and Tying the Knot in Lynn, an exhibition of over 100 years of bridal fashion.
Learn about Salem's maritime history and view "Lady of Salem" public art through a guided walking tours of the "Ladies." This festive Beautification Committee public art project features over 15 artistically decorated ship figureheads adorning downtown Salem. Tours will focus on Salem's maritime history, the public art project, and Salem's community involvement in public art. Maps for self-guided tours and Lady of Salem photo opportunities will be available. The project is supported by a Salem Cultural Council grant.
Beverly's maritime history and importance to the American Revolution is explored in a 1.5 mile walking tour of Fish Flake Hill Historic District and the Beverly waterfront. Based on the extensive documentary collections of the Beverly Historical Society, including the papers of William Bartlett, George Washington's naval agent, this tour begins at the home of privateer owner John Cabot, travels to Fish Flake Hill Historic District and finishes at Independence Park, where the Declaration of Independence was read on July 17, 1776. Sites visited include the home of legendary privateer Hugh Hill, who captured many enemy ships during the war, the remains of Beverly’s bustling 18th Century wharves, and Glover’s Wharf, where the Hannah fought the Nautilus and the American Navy was born.
This guided tour will explore some of Groveland's 47 acres of conservation land, highlighting Veasey Park's Nesting Box Program. We will explore and compare inhabitants including bluebirds, tree swallows, purple martins, tufted tit mouse and bobolinks. This serene walk is a perfect place for observing and learning about our local birds and their natural environment. Binoculars suggested. Go outdoors! Event capacity: 20. Special Instructions: Bring binoculars, bug spray, sneakers or hiking shoes.