May 25, 2022

Child & Family Agency Essex Holiday House Tour

Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT announces its 11th biennial Essex Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tour will feature seven beautiful village homes, including a landmark house, all decorated for the holidays and within walking distance from the Town Hall for easy access to village shops and restaurants as well.  Essex Historical Society’s Pratt House and  the Connecticut River Museum will also be open free to ticket holders.

Enticing boutique wares for everyone’s shopping list and a small café at Town Hall will also merit exploring.

Tickets will be available at $25 each in advance from The Griswold Inn Store (Essex), Stoneware (Essex), Gather (Ivoryton), Saybrook Country Barn (Old Saybrook, The Bowerbird (Old Lyme),

Celebrations (Deep River), Ceramica (Chester), and Walker & Loden (Madison).  Tickets on the day of the tour will be sold at the Essex Town Hall for $30 each, and tickets ordered after December 5 will be held there.  For groups of 15 or more, tickets may be ordered in advance at $20 each.  When ordering by mail, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and send your check to:  Child & Family Agency, Holiday House Tour, 168 River Road, Essex 06426.  For more information about the tour or the Agency, please visit the  website at

Our Mission

Since its founding in 1809, the mission of Child & Family Agency has been to promote the well-being and development of all children and their families.  Priority is given to the unmet needs of children lacking physical, emotional, and intellectual care and nurturing.

Programs deal with child abuse prevention, the treatment of family violence, teen pregnancy, children’s health care, childcare, parent education, and child guidance.  Last year, over 16,000 children were served in 79 towns in New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties.  Child & Family has 172 staff – social workers, teachers, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physicians, administrators, and support staff – dedicated to helping children at 27 service centers.

As a non-profit, with a budget of over $10 million, Child & Family Agency’s funding comes from private, state, United Way, and federal sources.  Fees for service reflect costs, and a sliding scale assures that no one will be refused service for financial reasons.

Much private support of the Agency is derived from six auxiliaries, located in Essex, Lyme/Old Lyme, East Lyme/Niantic, New London/Waterford/Groton, and Mystic/Noank/Stonington.   Auxiliary members are a diverse group, who give generously of their time and talent through caring for children, fundraising events, and educational services to further the mission of the Agency.  New members and donors are always welcome.

Those who participate in the  tour  are helping to strengthen families in communities in Southeastern Connecticut.