Woodman’s of Essex Celebrates its 100-Year Anniversary

Essex, Massachusetts (January 10, 2014) — Woodman’s of Essex, where the fried clam was invented, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014.

Originally a roadside grocery stand started by Lawrence “Chubby” and Bessie Woodman, the restaurant has been serving traditional New England seafood to five generations of fans, both local and from around the world. As the restaurant enters its second century, its popularity shows no signs of waning.

An inductee into the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Hall of Fame, Woodman’s has been honored by Forbes, FYI as “Best Seafood in America,” listed in Patricia Schultz’s “1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” and been awarded the Massachusetts Premier Tourism Attraction “Legend” Award from the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. Woodman’s expanded offerings include private clambakes, event catering, weddings on the picturesque Essex Marsh, and fulfilling lobster and Fried Clam Kit orders all over the United States.

“Woodman’s is a New England institution,” says Stephen Woodman, co-CEO and third-generation manager of Woodman’s. “It’s been family-owned and operated since Woodrow Wilson was president and Babe Ruth pitched for the Red Sox. We’ve been able to maintain the commitment to the product and our customers in keeping with the tradition started 100 years ago. As a family and a company, we’re proud to be celebrating this amazing milestone.”

In addition to third-, fourth-, and fifth-generation Woodman family members being part of the team, Woodman’s is staffed by approximately 80 year-round and 200 seasonal employees. At least 25 of their employees have worked there for more than 30 years.

“When it’s all said and done, Woodman’s is about the people,” Stephen continues. “Our amazing staff and our fanatically loyal customers. We never could have made it to one hundred years without them. We look forward to bringing families together year after year, and another hundred years of happy memories.”

Woodman’s of Essex is located at 119 Main Street in Essex, Massachusetts. Visit https://www.woodmans.com to learn more.

About Woodman’s of Essex

Woodman’s of Essex is a seafood restaurant in Essex, Massachusetts, located north of Boston. A local favorite, Woodman’s is also known internationally for its New England clambakes and its signature fried clams. Woodman’s has been a family-owned and operated business since its founding in 1914, and employs a seasonal staff of more than 200.


Maureen Woodman