July 6, 2022

Essex Pratt House Nears End of Season

ESSEX – The historic Pratt House Museum will be open a few more weekends for tours, giving visitors a glimpse at how a prominent Essex family lived in the 1700s.

This is a chance to view some of the museum’s collections including “courting mirrors,” small mirrors with painted borders of leaves and flowers given by men to the women they were courting, and redware – a type of earthenware owned by the earliest English settlers.

The house, at 19 West Ave., was home to seven generations of the Pratt family from 1701 to 1915. The gambrel-roofed house is furnished with 18th and 19th century antiques including a fine collection of chairs.

The house is operated by the Essex Historical Society and is open Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. through September. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For more information about the house, go to www.essexhistory.org.