August 26, 2019

Connecticut River Museum Announces Plans for Designating Essex as Historic Battle Site

Public Invited to Community Forum “Battle Site Essex” on April 7 at 5:30 pm

Essex, CT – On the evening of April 7, 1814, British troops rowed up the Connecticut River and launched a historic raid on the village of Essex, destroying 27 American ships in various stages of construction.  As one of the greatest shipping losses during the War of 1812, the raid is a significant event in both state and national history. 

The Connecticut River Museum, located on the banks of the River where the British landed, has announced its plans for getting Essex officially designated as a historic battle site.  Those plans will be presented at a free community forum Battle Site Essex to be held at the Museum on Thursday, April 7 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. 

Connecticut River Museum staff will be joined by representatives from the State of Connecticut Historic Preservation and Museum Division for a full discussion of the process and impact of being recognized on the state and national registers.  Forum attendees will have an opportunity to participate and ask questions.  Admission is free but pre-registration is requested in order to accommodate seating needs. 

To register, call (860)767-8269.  The Connecticut River Museum, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural and natural history of the Connecticut River, is located at 67 Main Street on the Essex waterfront.  For more information on this and other events at the Connecticut River Museum, go to www.ctrivermuseum.org.

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