Walking Weekend - Community Foundation Of Middlesex County

Event Details

Date/Time
28 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
All Day

Event Description

Mark your calendars and lace up your sneaks!

An early view of Connecticut Valley Manufacturing, now Centerbrook Architects. Courtesy: Essex Historical Society

The Essex Historical Society is expanding their upcoming “Walking Weekend”, thanks in part to a competitive grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County!

The 3rd annual “Walking Weekend” is July 28, 29 & 30th at various locations around Essex.

Combining the outdoors and history, Essex Historical Society (EHS) expands its popular outdoor program, “Walking Weekend,” on July 28, 29 and 30, 2017. The event features four different walking tours within the Town of Essex in which attendees enjoy an easy stroll along the Town’s historic streets learning about the major industries, structures and personalities that shaped the area. EHS’s trained, knowledgeable guides will lead an hour+ long tour over fairly level, paved terrain, covering three centuries of history.

For the first time, this year’s Walking Weekend will feature a guided walking tour of Centerbrook Village, led by renowned Essex historian Brenda Milkofsky. The walk is funded in part through a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. New guides are welcome to join us and learn the tour.

On July 28 at 7pm, the first tour will meet at the Pratt House, 19 West Avenue, Essex, for a trip down West Ave. and Prospect Street to explore the histories behind the structures of “Pound Hill” including several 19th century churches, Hills Academy, the Old Firehouse and more.

On July 29 at 10 am, the second tour will meet at Ivoryton Library, 106 Main Street, Ivoryton, for an in-depth look at this historic village, from its beginnings as a company town surrounding the Comstock-Cheney Co., the stories of 19th century immigration, the striking examples of Victorian architecture and its unique cultural attractions that continue to this day. The tour will be led by historian and author Chris Pagliuco.

All spiritual, social and business matters in early “Center Saybrook” revolved around the Centerbrook Meeting House Courtesy: Essex Historical Society

On July 29 at 1pm, the third tour will meet at Essex Elementary School, 108 Main Street, Centerbrook, for our newest walk featuring Essex’s oldest village. Learn about Centerbrook’s transition from its early farming days as “Center Saybrook” to its later manufacturing development powered by the Falls River. This walk will be developed and led by Brenda Milkofsky. Interested in being a guide for later walks of Centerbrook? Please contact the EHS offices to learn more, 860-767-0681, or ehs@essexhistory.org. No experience is necessary and all training is provided.

On July 30 at 7pm, the final tour will meet at the Foot of Main Street, Essex, for a trip down Main Street in Essex Village to capture the rich maritime history of 18th century “Potapaug,” its working waterfront and ship-building prominence in the early 19th century as well as its development as a beautiful visitor destination of today. This tour will be led by EHS’s knowledgeable guides Brien Riedell and Mary Ann Pleva.

Each tour is $5 per person and is open to the general public; free to members of EHS. Admission helps support the educational and cultural programming of Essex Historical Society.

For more information, CLICK HERE or call (860) 767-0681.

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