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Essex is located off route 9-exit 3, south of Hartford and north from I95 Old Saybrook.

From New Haven and West, take exit 65 off of I-95, Westbrook exit, left onto 153 for several miles, straight through the light at Bokum Center, straight through the next light onto what will now be West Avenue, and to the Town Hall.


The township of Essex consists of three villages: Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton, each part of the whole yet uniquely different.

Located half way between New York City and Boston, and a short commute to the capitol city of Hartford, Essex may be the perfect vision of what many people feel a New England village should look like.

Its a pleasant stroll from the top of the main street down to the Connecticut River...that's filled with historic homes, shops and restaurants.


Settled around the Falls River, which flows eastwardly from the hills of Ivoryton, through Centerbrook, along Essex Village down to the sparkling Connecticut River, Esex is a few short miles from Long Island Sound.


Essex also has many cultural, historical and educational attractions as well, from the Essex Steam Train to the Ivoryton Playhouse to the Connecticut River Museum, Connecticut Audubon Ecotravel, and Sailing Masters of 1812 (whose members are attired in the traditional garb of Navy midshipmen of the time period).


Essex is famous for hosting a multitude of parades, from Groundhog Day (with Essex Ed), to the Burning of the Ships Parade (celebrating the 1814 British raid that left 29 ships burning in the harbor). And many others as well. Parades in Essex are a way of life.


Essex offers an outstanding culinary experience to residents and visitors alike - such hometown originals as the historic 1776 Griswold Inn, the renowned Copper Beech Inn and the Black Seal.


For shoppers of all persuasions, there are art galleries, antique businesses, plenty of great shops and boutiques and a beautiful harbor to relax by.





Black Seal Seafood Grill

15 Main St, Essex · (860) 767-0233

Abby's Place
37 Pratt St, Essex · (860) 767-0560


The Griswold Inn


36 Main St, Essex · (860) 767-1776


Porky Pete's BBQ


90 Plains Rd, Essex · (860) 767-1021

Hong Kong Chinese Take Out

125 Westbrook Rd, Essex · (860) 767-8588

Essex Clipper Dinner Train

1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516


Olive Oyl's

77 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1150

+1 860-767-4909

Ivoryton Tavern Cafe

8 Summitt St, Ivoryton, CT 06442-1125

+1 860-767-1449


Scotch Plains Tavern

124 Westbrook Rd, Essex, CT 06426-1551

+1 860-662-4032

The Copper Beech Inn
46 Main St Ivoryton, CT
(860) 767-0330



21 Main St - (860) 767-6554

The Griswold Inn Store                             

47 Main

(860) 767-0210



55 Main St - (860) 767-0777


One N. Main

(860) 767-2559


J Alden Clothiers

17 Main St - (860) 767-7633

Emmy’s on Main

45 Main street - (860) 767-7877


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