February 6, 2023

EHS to Announce Preservation Award Winner at Strawberry Social June 25

First Preservation award winner, the Ivoryton Library

Essex, CT– The Essex Historical Society (EHS) have tallied up the nominations for local buildings that have been preserved or restored, keeping intact the town’s historic character. This year’s winner will be presented with the Preservation Award during a picnic dinner and strawberry social at the Pratt House, on Monday, June 25, 2012 (rain or shine).

Kick off the evening at 4:30 pm with a historical stroll of Prospect Street, starting at Pratt House and finishing at Hill’s Academy. Susan Malan will serve as your personal escort, providing a glimpse into the past of the structures along the way. Then step back in time when you step through the doorway of Pratt House where docents will be available for guided tours throughout the night.

After walking up an appetite, come spread your blanket on the Pratt House lawn and settle in for an evening picnic dinner starting at 5:30. Unpack your picnic basket and beverages of your choice, relax and enjoy the simple pleasure of eating under the summer sky. In case of rain, the barn and a tent will provide shelter.

Chris Pagliuco, town historian, will address attendants and illustrate the victorious building’s lifetime before presenting the Preservation Award to the 2012 winner. A good old-fashioned strawberry social will follow with a timeless New England delight, homemade strawberry shortcake!

The Essex Historical Society is a non-profit organization serving Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton. EHS maintains two buildings, Pratt House and Hill’s Academy, and strives to protect the history of the people, places and events that have shaped Essex through the ages.

Contact: Essex Historical Society, PO Box 123, Essex, CT 06426, Ph: 860-767-0681  EHS@essexhistory.net