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North of Boston are many of the towns that brought great wealth to Massachusetts Bay in the 18th and 19th centuries: Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Rockport and Salem.



Ships from these Essex County towns northeast of Boston (map) would sail to China and Africa and return several years later with cargoes so rich that everyone involved in the voyage became wealthy overnight.

The gracious houses and public buildings constructed during this era are still here to be seen, and Salem's museums hold a treasure of mementos and artifacts from the maritime boom.

Nearby Marblehead is a charming, historic port town and an important yacht harbor.

On Cape Ann, Manchester-by-the-Sea is a small, charming, historic town with a pretty swimming beach.

Gloucester, famous for its citizens who "go down to the sea in ships" still has some of its traditional fishing boats, but many more whale watch and excursion craft. Gloucester beaches are favorite summer getaway destinations for families throughout the region.

Rockport is a favorite artists' colony and excursion goal crowded with visitors every day in summer.

Ipswich, northeast of Gloucester, is famous for its clams (and other food), its beaches, artists and writers. So is Essex, with its 35 antique shops.

MBTA Commuter Rail trains run frequently from Boston's North Station to Salem, Gloucester and Rockport; Marblehead can be reached by commuter train to Salem, then bus.

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