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Consists of three unique villages and is ideally located on the Connecticut River, a few short miles from Long Island Sound. It is known for its beautiful landscapes and fascinating architecture.

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Essex consists of three unique villages and is ideally located on the Connecticut River, a few short miles from Long Island Sound. Essex is well-known for its beautiful landscapes, majestic trees and gardens, fascinating architecture, and cultural and historical attractions. It is a boating and sailing destination because of the location on the Connecticut River. There are some outstanding restaurants, many art galleries and antique shops. Come experience, explore and enjoy the small-town enchantment of Essex.

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Facts about Essex

Town/City established:

  • Incorporated in 1852.

Named from: 

  • Originally called Potopaug by local Indians, Essex was named after England's Essex County from where some of its early settlers were from.

County:

  • Middlesex

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • William Pratt, William Hyde and John Lay. Founding settlers.
  • Captain Richard Hayden.
  • Henry Champlin. Prosperous mariner.
  • Samuel Merritt Comstock and George Cheney. Founder and partner of Comstock, Cheney and Company, makers of piano actions and keyboards.
  • Thomas N. Dickinson. Founder of Dickinson Witch Hazel Company.
  • Ezra L'Hommedieu. Inventor of the double anger.
  • Lee Allen Tergesen. Actor.
  • Don Malcarne. Noted town historian.

Top Five Attractions:

  • Connecticut River Museum.
  • Griswold Inn.
  • Essex Steam Train & Riverboat.
  • Ivortyon Playhouse.
  • Pratt House.

Annual Visitor’s Events:

  • Groundhog Day Parade, February.
  • Irish Parade & Festival, Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, March.
  • Burning of the Ships, late-May.
  • May Market, mid-May.
  • Shad Bade, early-June.
  • Fourth of July Parade, July 4.
  • Lobster Bake, early-August.
  • Festivall Scarecrow Festival, October.
  • Ivoryton Village Pumpkin Festival, late-October.
  • Trees in the Rigging, December.

Quality of the town/city:

  • Essex consists of three unique villages and is ideally located on the Connecticut River, a few short miles from Long Island Sound. Essex is well-known for its beautiful landscapes, majestic trees and gardens, fascinating architecture, and cultural and historical attractions. It is a boating and sailing destination because of the location on the Connecticut River. There are some outstanding restaurants, many art galleries and antique shops. Come experience, explore and enjoy the small-town enchantment of Essex.

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