July 2, 2020

Connecticut River Museum Moves Ahead with Historic Battle Site Designation Plans

Connecticut River Museum Executive Director Jerry Roberts presents plans for designating Essex as a historic battle site at a community forum held on April 7.

Essex, CT – On the evening of April 7, the Connecticut River Museum held a community forum to announce its plans for getting Essex officially designated as a historic battle.  Museum staff together with representatives from the State of Connecticut Historic Preservation and Museum Division outlined the process and impact of receiving state and national recognition for the 1814 British Raid on Essex.  The designated battle site area includes the waterfront grounds of the Connecticut River Museum, where British troops landed, and portions of Main Street in Essex Village where the attack continued, resulting in the destruction of 27 ships and one of the greatest shipping losses during the War of 1812.  Documentation that verifies the details of the historic raid is now being gathered and organized as part of the application process.

On Monday, April 18, Connecticut State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni will head up a team of technicians and scientists that will survey the Museum property using ground penetrating radar and soil testing.  The goal of the survey is to identify the location and  composition of the colonial shoreline and wharf structure that sits beneath the paved and grassy areas of the grounds. The public is welcome to come watch the team at work and learn more about the technology and its findings.  

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.  

For more specific information on the Connecticut River Museum Battle Site Essex Plan, please contact Jerry Roberts at 860.767.8269 ext. 12 or jroberts@ctrivermuseum.org.