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Historical Commission
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Town Hall
30 Martin Street
Essex, MA 01929
Term Expires
Nathaniel Crosby
June 30, 2020
Robert Coviello
June 30, 2020
Keith Symmes
June 30, 2019
Richard Stevens
June 30, 2021

The mission of the Essex Historical Commission (EHC) is to identify, document, and protect Essex's historic resources, to increase public awareness of Essex's heritage and the value of historic preservation, and to do so with not only the guidance and counsel of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, but also by interacting with other town boards and committees. In addition, the EHC maintains inventories of culturally significant structures, conducts related research initiatives,  posts timely notices in the local press, and holds regular public meetings.

In pursuit of this mission the EHC administers the mandates of Essex's Town Bylaw 4-15: Demolition Delay/Review. "The purpose of this bylaw is to encourage the preservation and protection of significant buildings and structures within the Town of Essex that constitute or reflect distinctive features of the Town's architectural, cultural, economic, political or social history and to limit the adverse effect that demolition may have on the character of the Town."

The Historical Commission meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:30pm at the Senior Center, 17 Pickering St. . All community members are welcome.

Recent projects:

  • Historic Properties Survey. Request for bids on a professionally compiled inventory of Essex houses and any other buildings over 100 years old.
  • Spring Street Cemetery Fence Restoration. Request for bids to restore the c.1852 cast iron fence and gate to their original condition.
  • Restoration and resetting of damaged grave markers in the Old (c.1680-c.1852) Burying Ground (completed summer 2012).

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