An afternoon at Essex CT

Essex Connecticut is very picturesque, and is a pleasant walk. There is public parking by the post office, and close by that there is Essex park and a good place for a picnic. Walking east along Main Street towards  the town dock. There are many nice looking homes along Main Street, as well as a number of small shops to visit.

Some shops and establishments:

A bit of history on the Oliver Cromwell war ship

In June of 1776 the Oliver Cromwell war ship was launched at Essex. There is a placard that marks the spot of the launch. The ship was built for Connecticut’s navy which was formed after the start of the American Revolution in 1775. The Connecticut General Assembly authorized the purchase of several war ships for Connecticut, one of them being the Oliver Cromwell. The Oliver Cromwell captured nine British ships before it was captured by the British in July 1779.