The Connecticut River Museum is located on the historic waterfront in Essex Village, where the charm of an authentic New England riverport provides the perfect setting to experience the heritage and wonders of New England’s Great River.

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 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 and community events creates a lively atmosphere while the natural beauty of river wildlife, fall foliage and Bald Eagles provides a welcome respite from everyday routines.  A perfect day trip or extended stay destination.

For more information on things to do in Essex —

Experience Essex  

Essex Historical Society

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

The Griswold Inn

Ivoryton Playhouse

The Copper Beech Inn