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P.O.Box 123, Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-0681


Copyright 1945-Black & white photo of Verplex Company: Women fabricating metal piece, in EHS Collections Image Library.

EHS actively collects objects, images, manuscripts and library materials that address the history and people of the town’s three villages, from indigenous peoples to the present day. Strengths of the collections include materials connected to local businesses and the ivory industry, objects associated with maritime trade, maps and an extensive collection of Essex photographs and postcards. The town’s flagship historic house museum, the Pratt House, captures three centuries of life in a port town through its collections of furniture, decorative arts and material culture. The compiled writings and research of former Town Historian Don Malcarne support the collections through his detailed title searches and short histories on nearly every historic structure in all three villages, as well as published and unpublished works on many Essex topics.

EHS staff and volunteers enjoy working with the general public in support of genealogy, academic papers or projects, tracing their home’s history or general research. We will be happy to assist with your project within our collections. Please call or email in advance of your visit, (860) 767-0681 or