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ripple restaurant & bar is located in the heart of the Essex River Cultural District in Essex, Massachusetts. Next door is the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum and there are numerous antique and specialty shops within walking distance. Here are some local links to explore things to see and do in Essex and nearby:


This website is a great resource to discover antique and specialty shops, museums and recreation, plus local services and accommodations in Essex, Massachusetts. Be sure to check Essex Events to see what's happening around town. Brought to you by the Essex Merchants Group.

Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum

April through October, take a guided or self-guided tour to hear the fascinating story of how this small New England village built nearly 4,000 wooden vessels and became recognized worldwide as a major producer of the American Fishing Schooner. By 1849, 15 shipyards produced over 50 vessels a year along the Essex River. Experience living history with hands-on exhibits demonstrating traditional shipbuilding techniques using antique tools. The gift shop offers maritime items, books and more.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex, MA
Cogswell's Grant folk art museum
Cogswell's Grant

View the celebrated collection of American folk art at this 18th century farmhouse overlooking the Essex River. Formerly the summer home of collectors Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, the museum offers guided tours of rooms overflowing with folk art portraits, painted furniture, redware, hooked rugs, weathervanes, and decoys. It is one of the only places where you can visit such a collection in the home for which it was assembled. A Historic New England property, open June – October.

ripple on the water

74 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929



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