Introduction to Essex, Connecticut
The region was settled by Europeans in the 1640s. It was incorporated as a town in 1852. The town was attacked during the War of 1812, and sustained heavy economic losses. April 8, the date of the attack, is still considered to be "the town's worst day in history." At that time, the area was a major shipping and shipbuilding center, and was referred to as Pettipague or Potapoug Point. The community was named Essex in 1854.
Essex and nearby Attractions
- Museum of Fife and Drum
- Essex Steam Train
- Thomas Griswold House
- Pardee Rose Garden
- Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
- Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
Things To Do In Essex
The Hammonasset Beach State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park and Wadsworth Falls State Park are the local parks. The town also offers easy access to museums and historic sites like the Museum of Fife and Drum, the Connecticut River Museum, Gillette Castle and the Hyland House. The Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park is a Revolutionary War museum showcasing 18th century exhibits, while the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, the Copernican Observatory & Planetarium and the Essex Steam Train are all accessible from Essex as well.
Flights are available from the Groton-New London Airport.
Essex Higher Education
Local colleges and universities include Eastern Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University and Trinity College.