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(Centerbrook) (Ivoryton)

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Essex, Connecticut, USA - Old Grist Mill museumofcthistory.org

Essex, Connecticut, is a charming and historic New England town located along the Connecticut River. It's known for its picturesque scenery, colonial architecture, and a wide range of activities that cater to both locals and tourists.


Essex hosts an annual Groundhog Day parade, usually on the Sunday before Groundhog's Day. courant.com



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Essex Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Old Grist Mill
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Piano Key and Action Works, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Piano Key and Action Works, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Residence of R.H. Comstock, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Residence of R.H. Comstock, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Birds Eye View of the Ivory Shop, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Birds Eye View of the Ivory Shop, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Bracket Shop, Centrebrook, Conn.
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Bracket Shop, Centrebrook, Conn.
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C.C. and Cos. Ivory Works, Ivoryton, Conn.
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C.C. and Cos. Ivory Works, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Key Board Factory, Front View, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Key Board Factory, Front View, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Comstock Cheney Hall, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Comstock Cheney Hall, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Congregational Church, Centre Brook, Conn.
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Brush Factory, Centerbrook, Conn.
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Brush Factory, Centerbrook, Conn.
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Old Mill on Falls River
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Hotel De Ivory, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Hotel De Ivory, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Comstock Cheney Co. Works, Ivoryton, Conn.
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The Tiley Pratt Co. Works, Essex, Conn., 1911
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Mill Pond, Centre Brook, Conn.
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Ivory Factory and Lake. Ivoryton, Conn.
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Ernst Bischoff Company, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Ernst Bischoff Company, Ivoryton, Conn.
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Looby's Factory, Centerbrook, Conn.
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Discover Essex: History, News, Travel, and Stories

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The Griswold Inn in Essex, which opened in 1776, is one of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country.

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In 1814, Essex was the target of a large British raid in one of the most costly battles of the War of 1812.

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Essex:
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat: One of the town's most famous attractions, this nostalgic excursion takes you on a vintage steam train ride through the Connecticut River Valley and then a cruise on a riverboat. It offers a unique way to experience the beauty of the area.

Connecticut River Museum: Located right on the waterfront, this museum provides insights into the history and ecology of the Connecticut River. You can explore maritime exhibits, historical artifacts, and even take a look at the replica of a river lighthouse.

Visit the Griswold Inn: Known as "The Gris," this historic inn has been serving travelers since 1776. It's not only a place to stay but also offers a cozy pub and dining experience with a menu that highlights traditional New England cuisine.

Essex Village Green: The heart of Essex, the village green is surrounded by charming colonial-era buildings. It's a great place for a leisurely stroll and to appreciate the town's historic architecture.

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Essex, Connecticut, USA

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Buy it NOW!Connecticut Gift Idea - Apizza, Burger on Toast, White Clam Pizza - I Love Connecticut! - Scented Candle, 13.75oz

Whether you're a proud Nutmeg State native or just a fan of its delectable cuisine, this candle is the perfect way to showcase your love for all things Connecticut. This candle is not just a celebration of food; it's a declaration of your affection for Connecticut. The bold "I Love Connecticut!" statement proudly proclaims your connection to the state.   Pinterest   

Buy it NOW!Connecticut Gift Idea - Apizza, Burger on Toast, White Clam Pizza - I Love Connecticut! - CT Mug for Genealogists Family History

Featuring iconic local delicacies, the design of this mug captures the essence of Connecticut's food culture. It pays homage to the Apizza, a unique and mouthwatering pizza style that originated in New Haven. The legendary Louis' Lunch Burger, said to be the birthplace of the hamburger, is also prominently featured. And of course, there's a nod to the classic White Clam Pizza, a coastal favorite that's a must-try for seafood enthusiasts.   Pinterest   

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Introducing the Memories of Savin Rock ceramic postcard mug, a charming tribute to the iconic amusement park in Connecticut! This 11-ounce ceramic coffee mug is a delightful blend of nostalgia and functionality. Featuring a vintage-inspired design, the mug showcases iconic images and landmarks from Savin Rock amusement park, evoking fond memories of days gone by.   Pinterest   

Buy it NOW!Proud Descendant of the USA Coffee Mug - 11oz Ceramic

"My ancestors came from the USA. That explains a lot about my love for Thanksgiving, parades, and believing that ketchup is a vegetable!"   Pinterest   
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