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Annual Fall Foliage Antique Auto Show and Tour

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Date(s) - Sunday 10/18/2015
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Witch Hazel Works


The Essex Historical Society’s Annual Fall Foliage Antique Auto Show and Tour has a new purpose this year as the organization continues to celebrate its 60th anniversary and the E.E. Dickinson Company legacy. Co-sponsored with the Belltown Antique Car Club of East Hampton for the past few years, the free event takes place this year on Sunday, October 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Witch Hazel Works, the former site of the E.E. Dickinson Witch Hazel manufacturing plant that sits adjacent to the Valley Railroad property in Essex. All cars 25 years and older are invited to participate. The program kicks off with the muster of cars from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., during which time an informal presentation of the E.E. Dickinson Witch Hazel history will be given. At 11:00 a.m., the cars will depart for a fall foliage tour through Essex, past the former homes and business sites of the Dickinson family, winding north along River Road and Route 145 in Deep River to cross the East Haddam bridge, then heading south on Route 156 along the east side of Connecticut River through Lyme and Old Lyme, and over the Baldwin Bridge into Old Saybrook. The tour ends back at the Witch Hazel Works at 1:00 p.m. where the classic antiques will be on display for viewing. All are invited to attend and enjoy a picnic lunch, available for purchase from Village Provisions. Tours of the former factory building, now a commercial office park, will also be given.

“The show and tour is one of our most popular events,” stated Melissa Josefiak, Director of EHS, “We are thrilled that it proved to be a perfect platform to continue our 60th anniversary initiative of showcasing the historical impact of the E.E.Dickinson Company and the making of Witch Hazel products here in Essex. None of it would be possible without the support of the Belltown Car Club, the Witch Hazel Works, and our year-long initiative partner, the Valley Railroad Company.” The non-profit Essex Historical Society formed in 1955 and boasts 250 members today. It kicked off its 60th anniversary celebration in the spring with a variety of Dickinson initiative special events and programs happening over a 12-month period. Of note is the recent “Afternoon Stroll Through Dickinson History” house tour and the refurbishment of the “Yellow Label” building now underway at the Valley Railroad, scheduled for completion in May 2016.

The Witch Hazel Works is located at 8 Railroad Avenue, off Route 154 (exit 3 off Route 9), next to the water tower and the main entrance of the Valley Railroad/Essex Steam Train parking area.