Welcome to our lovely town of Essex, half way between New York and Boston, and a short commute to our capitol city of Hartford.
Our three villages were settled and built around the Falls River, which flows eastward from the hills of Ivoryton, through the plains of Centerbrook, along the rocky heights of Essex Village and into the unspoiled Connecticut River, a few short miles from Long Island Sound. Essex has beautiful landscapes, majestic trees and gardens, interesting architecture, from the factory homes of Ivoryton, with federals, Victorians, capes and historic churches, factories, and even a town hall built in 1892.
We look forward to celebrating our 150th anniversary, and today we keep alive an even earlier tradition of benevolence and welcome to our citizens and visitors as well. Our town has many cultural, historical and educational experiences and attractions to offer, from the Essex Steam Train to the Ivoryton Playhouse to the Connecticut River Museum, Connecticut Audubon Ecotravel, the Bushy Hill Nature Center, and the Sailing Masters of 1812, whose members are attired in the traditional garb of a Navy midshipman of the time period. Essex is also widely known for the multitude of parades here, from the Groundhog Day with Essex Ed, to even a "Loser's Day Parade" where we celebrate the 1814 raid by British marines who burned 29 ships in the harbor.
We are a vibrant and welcoming place to live, work and play, and we remain proud of our past as we live our positive vision of the future.
So, please explore, discover, and enjoy our exciting and enchanting way of life here in Essex, Connecticut.