Rowley, Massachusetts

Photo Credit: John Phelan

A Brief History of Rowley

Coastal Byway Miles: 3.6 Miles

Settled in 1638, The Town of Rowley’s salt marshes were a tremendous asset to the early settlers – the waters were used for fishing and shellfishing, while the salt marsh hay was used for insulation, roofing, livestock feed and bedding. The region was also famous for ship and dory building, which peaked in the late 1800s.

Exploring Rowley From The Byway

Today, driving through Rowley provides a peaceful journey through small town Essex County life. Many colonial homes line the town’s streets – mixed with a variety of architectural styles from throughout American history. Rowley also contains scenic farmlands and stands and the chance to view local wildlife and nature at the Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary.


Chickadee Hill Farm

366 Central Street , Rowley, MA 1969

First Light Anglers

21 Main Street , Rowley, MA 1969

Herrick Dairy Farm LLC

77 Dodge Street , Rowley, MA 1969

Nelson Island, Rowley Marshes

6 Plum Island Turnpike , Rowley, MA 1969

Platts-Bradstreet House

233 Main Street , Rowley, MA 1951

Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary (Sawyer's Island)

82 Eastern Avenue , Rowley, MA 1969

Rowley Clay Studio

95 Main Street , Rowley, MA 1969

Rowley Town Common

139 Main Street , Rowley, MA 1969