Trails & Sails 2015

Haunted Hilldale Cemetery

Hilldale Cemetary is on of the North Shore's most active paranormal spots!

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.

Fridays, September 16 & 23, 2016 6:30-9:30pm
Saturdays, September 17 & 24, 2016 6:30-9:30pm

Trails & Sails 2016

Explore the North Shore with over 150 Free Events in Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails celebration.

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.

September 16-18,2016
September 23-25, 2016

Gardens by the Sea

Come to the House of Seven Gables for a Trails & Sails event that focuses on the

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.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 2-4pm

Lynn Museum Trails & Sails Tours

The Lynn Museum Will offer free guided tours Fridays duirng Trails and Sails!

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.

Friday, September 25, 2015 12-1pm
Saturday, September 26, 2015 12-1pm

The Lady of Salem: Maritime Art

Tour the Ladies of Salem with Trails & Sails! Learn about the history of Salem Massachusetts through this unique public art installation!

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.

Fridays -Sundays, September 16-25, 2016 9am-5pm

Explore the Privateer Trail

Tour the Privateer Trail in Beverly MA as part of Trails & Sails

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.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 4-5:30pm

Birds & Nesting Box Tour at Veasey Park

This guided tour will explore some of Groveland's 47 acres of conservation land, highlighting Veasey Park's Nesting Box Program.

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.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 10am-Noon
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