September 18, 2018

Essex Historical Society Presents “Life in a Village”

The Essex Historical Society invites you to attend a program called “Life in a Village” on Wednesday, November 9, from 7-9 pm at Gather, the present name of the Ivoryton Store.

In 1873/1874, Samuel Merrit Comstock built a store in the center of Ivoryton. The Ivoryton Store, later called Rose Brothers served as the anchor for the plan “of a village built around a factory, and a factory around a village” (quote from Houses of Essex by Don Malcarne). The second floor of this structure was known as Comstock Hall where Company and social functions were held until 1911.

The Essex Historical Society invites you to attend a program called “Life in a Village” on Wednesday, November 9, from 7-9 pm at Gather the present name of the Ivoryton Store. The main speaker, Chris Pagliuco, will speak on “putting the transition of Ivoryton from a rural farming community to an industrial village in a larger economic, political and cultural context”. Chris Pagliuco was recently named the Town Historian of the three villages Centerbrook, Essex and Ivoryton. He will contrast the fundamental differences in the pace, routines and relationships of our daily lives with those of Ivoryton residents 130 years ago. This includes “references to many of the features of the village still present today”.

Marie Negrelli, a resident of the area during the World War II era will bring a personal perspective of Ivoryton village. Marie says she will tell of “growing up in Ivoryton, sharing memories of Ivoryton Grammar School, Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton Store, Pratt –Read, Clarks Pond and Jone’s Store”. She will also bring unique memorabilia and enlargements of her own postcard collection. Marie credits Ivoryton Librarian, Robbie Storms with sharing historical documents to give insight from her memories. Marie will be joined in remembering by her sisters Mary Lombardi and Joann Stone.

The Ivoryton Store has changed in appearance, owners and services and goods offered. However, it represents a glorious example of the Industrial Revolution in the lower Connecticut River Valley. So gather with owner Deanna of Gather as she graciously opens, 104 Main Street, Ivoryton after hours on November 9, to a flood of memories.

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