Despite the national mood regarding politics and which TV station leans more to one side of the political spectrum, locals in Essex really enjoyed a visit from Fox News two springs ago...when Harold was chosen to answer a series of questions about Essex in a kind of pop quiz format. When he was asked where to get the best fried clams in Essex in rapid fire format his answer was the Village Restaurant. A few days later, Harold walked into the Village to have a bowl of Italian fish chowder and unbenownest to him the owners broke into a shout and gave him a big hug. They were very happy that he had thought of them and they were very happy with his praise of what is a great local restaurant. The other day, the Village Restaurant underwent a remodeling and they are very proud of it and the place looks great. Harold felt that they might need one more thing for their remodeling and he dashed to the barn and came back with a beautiful handcarved half-model, dusted it off and presented it to them. So, if you are at the Village Restaurant in Essex anytime soon, check out their new decor and the new half model somewhere in the restaurant!
Harold Burnham bears a family name that is virtually synonymous with Essex, the birthplace of approximately 4,000 schooners. He is the 28th Burnham to operate a shipyard in Essex since 1819,
Growing up in a family of shipbuilders and a town where shipbuilding is a tradition handed down over the generations, Harold has learned the standards of the past and traditional techniques. Harold Burnham has carved out a place in history as a master boat designer, shipwright and sailmaker. Like his ancestors before him, Harold has a holistic approach to vessel design, construction and operation which makes him uniquely efficient. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in maritime transportation and fisheries from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he draws upon extensive experience at sea, and of course, techniques learned in the famous shipyards of Essex.
The author of this blog is Laurie Fullerton. Go to www.burnhamboatbuilding.com or www.schoonerardelle.com for a look at Harold's website