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Ivoryton in Middlesex County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Ivoryton

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, November 28, 2016
1. Ivoryton Marker
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Ivoryton
Originally part of the Saybrook colony, the area now known as Ivoryton was annexed with the newly formed Essex in 1859. Thought of as the “wild country,” it soon developed into a prosperous manufacturing village. In the late 1700s Phineas Pratt of Essex opened a workshop for the production of ivory combs. It was located near the site of the present-day factory. Ivory was in good supply due to the many ships coming into Essex harbor as a result of the Triangular Trade Route. Pratt later moved his company to Deep River and in 1847, S.M. Comstock and Geo. Cheney established an ivory business in Ivoryton. The company became a major producer of ivory products, including piano keys. In 1880 the village was officially incorporated as Ivoryton. Although not formally documented, it is a popular belief that the name was selected because “ivory” came into town by the “ton”. It is the only village of that name in the world.

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By the late 1800's, Ivoryton evolved into a classic company town. Immigrants were brought into the village to work in the factory. Many lived in the company owned boarding house (Ivoryton Inn), and shopped at the company store (Ivoryton Store). Later, company houses were built and rented to the employees. In 1908, Comstock-Cheney
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By Michael Herrick, November 28, 2016
2. Ivoryton Marker
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built a recreation hall where employees put on shows, enjoyed travelling vaudeville troupes and silent movies. In 1930 it became the Ivoryton Playhouse. Today it is one of the oldest self-supporting summer theaters in the Country. Although plastic keys replaced ivory in 1954 piano production continues in Ivoryton. a village whose history, prosperity, and name are a legacy of the ivory industry.
Erected by the Town of Essex
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1989

 
Erected 1989 by the Town of Essex and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 20.911′ N, 72° 26.501′ W. Marker is in Ivoryton, Connecticut, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and North Main Street (Connecticut Route 602), on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Located in front of the Ivoryton Playhouse. Marker is in this post office area: Ivoryton CT 06442, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Essex Veterans Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away); Essex Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Deep River Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Columbia
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By Michael Herrick, November 28, 2016
3. Ivoryton Marker
(approx. 2.4 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 2 miles away); Deep River Roll Of Honor - World War I (approx. 2 miles away); Early Essex Village (approx. 2 miles away); Veterans Memorial Lane (approx. 2 miles away).
 
Regarding Ivoryton. The village of Ivoryton, Essex Village and Centerbrook make up the Town of Essex.
 
Also see . . .  Ivoryton, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 6, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
<i>Ivoryton Key Board Shop, Ivoryton, Conn.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
4. Ivoryton Key Board Shop, Ivoryton, Conn.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   4. submitted on December 6, 2016.
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