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Essex is located in Middlesex County east of New Haven between Chester and Old Saybrook along US Highway 9 on the banks of the Connecticut River near Long Island Sound. Cockaponset State Forest and Wrights Pond are nearby.

The community was named after Essex, England. Once a shipbuilding center. Later, the manufacture of witch hazel and piano keys, which became two important industries.

Most of Essex was initially known as the Potapoug Quarter of the Saybrook Colony. In 1852, Essex became (although called Old Saybrook until 1854 when Essex became the official name).

Local attractions include: Hamburg Cove, Lower Pond, Upper Pond, Eightmile River, Nehantic State Forest, Uncas Pond, Rogers Lake, Lord Cove, Mill Pond, Bushy Hill Reservoir, Selden Neck State Park, and Gillette Castle State Park.

Essex Hot Steamed Jazz Festival |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Oliver's Taverne Restaurant |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Griswold Inn |
Residential and Commercial Real Estate Essex Meadows Retirement Community | The Mitchel Agency | Location: Essex Connecticut 06426

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05/26 Coming to The Essex area
Hebron Maple Festival Hebron CT March16-17 Each year thousands of people come from miles around to enjoy and experience the weekend of maple related events.
7th Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival Providence RI April20 Your Beer Festival Admission Ticket will allow you UNLIMITED SAMPLING of more than 250 brewers, live music, food and MUCH MORE at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
New England Folk Festival Mansfield MA April19-21 A fabulous blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from many lands.
Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival Vernon CT April27 The festival, started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association, as a program ""to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut"", has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival by providing exhibits, demonstrations and over 60 vendors from the sheep, wool and fiber arena.
Spring Plant Sale Westford NH April27 The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Spring Plant Sale at the 4H Fairgrounds.
Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival vernon CT April27 The festival started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association as a program “to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut” has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival.