Essex in Middlesex County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Originally called Potopaug by local Indians, Essex was named after England’s Essex County, whence some of its early settlers had come. As a part of Saybrook colony, the Essex area was first settled in 1648 by John Lay, William Pratt, and William Hide. Essex was incorporated in 1852, having been long a part of Saybrook township. The village became involved in West Indies trade in the latter 1600’s. The first wharf for this trade was built in 1656 on the site of the present Steamboat Dock building; south of the dock a warehouse was erected in 1773. Essex thus became the main port of Saybrook and remained so until 1871. Shipbuilding began in 1733; the Hayden shipyard, among others, became one of the most important in New England. This yard built Connecticut’s first warship, the Oliver Cromwell, in 1775. Many other yards made Essex a major shipbuilding center where packet ships, the first American transatlantic liners were launched.
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Men from the Essex area became captains and seamen in large numbers and sailed all over the world on voyages lasting many months. During the War if 1812 the British raided Essex in 1814,
Erected by the Town of Essex
The Essex Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
Erected 1983 by the Town of Essex, the Essex Historical Society, the Connecticut Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 41° 21.148′ N, 72° 23.364′ W. Marker is in Essex, Connecticut, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and North Lane, on the right Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Essex CT 06426, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hills Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); Warship Oliver Cromwell (approx. ¼ mile away); It Happened Here! (approx. ¼ mile away); Early Essex Village (approx. ¼ mile away); Essex Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Essex Veterans Monument (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ivoryton (approx. 2.7 miles away); American Legion Post 113 Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Essex.
Also see . . .
1. Town of Essex Connecticut. (Submitted on June 2, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Essex, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 2, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
This marker has a cameo role in the 2018 Hallmark movie "Christmas at Pemberly Manor", where between 4-7 minutes into the movie a couple of the characters have a conversation in front of it, albeit with the name "Lambton" slapped atop "Essex", as that is the name of the fictional town in which the movie is set.
— Submitted December 4, 2018, by Andrew
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 493 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 2, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.