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Uniquely Essex

For a small river town with a population of 6500, Essex certainly has plenty to boast about.  Having been dubbed “The Perfect Small American Town” in the “1,000 Places To See Before You  Die” travel guide after achieving  top rank in “The 100 Best Small Towns in America”, Essex is definitively on the map when it comes to quintessential New England charm.  Three distinctive villages, Essex, Centerbrook, and Ivoryton, offer some of the finest examples of early colonial and federal architecture, now home to a unique blend of private residences, antique shops, specialty boutiques, inns, restaurants, marinas and attractions.   Most notable are the 1776 Griswold Inn, the Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, and the Ivoryton Playhouse.  With a culture steeped in history and a long tradition of spirited community events, the township attracts people of all ages and interests throughout the year.  Tree-lined streets and village lanes lead to the scenic banks of the Connecticut River, Falls River and Essex Harbor, all perfect for boating by sail, power or paddle.  A never ending list of parades, celebrating everything from a 9 foot groundhog named Essex Ed to the burning of the ships during the War of 1812 to the annual Trees in the Rigging holiday boat parade, creates a lively atmosphere while the natural beauty of river wildlife, fall foliage and bald eagles  provides a welcome respite from everyday routines.

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Experience the Villages of Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton.
Historic seaport charm: Unique restaurants, shops, attractions and more.