Light Up the Night Bonfires a Huge Success!

On the evening of April 8, 2014, bonfires burned in a public commemoration of the British raid on Connecticut River shipping during the War of 1812. On the evening of April 8, 1814 the British forces made their escape downriver from Essex harbor where they had burned 27 vessels earlier in the day. As darkness fell, local militia and citizens set bonfires on both sides of the River in an effort to locate the boats carrying the retreating sailors and marines.

light up!

photo by Jody Dole

The celebration of the Bicentennial continues!

British Raid on Essex website

Connecticut River Museum