The town of Essex has quaint New England charm with amazing natural beauty along its marshy landscape. It was once home to prosperous shipbuilding trade, once a leading supplier of schooners for Atlantic fishing communities. The main sources of income today are tourism and shellfish.
The "fried clam" was reportedly invented in Essex in the early 20th century, and today tourists are drawn to its many local restuarants and greatest number of antique shops per square mile in the United States.
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