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(860) 767-0681

Walks and Talks

Let EHS’s talented, knowledgeable guides help you learn about the rich history of Essex’s three villages for students, scouts, groups and organizations. Each program can be customized for life-long learners of all ages. Please allow three weeks for scheduling and staffing. To learn more, please contact us at 860-767-0681 or


Tour Pratt House – in season, by appointment or group tours

Essex Historical Society welcomes visitors to the historic 1732 Pratt House, 19 West Avenue, Essex. Pratt House tells the story of nine generations of the Pratt Family, many of whom were blacksmiths, and life in a Connecticut River seaport town. Visitors can also enjoy Pratt House’s beautiful grounds, reproduction barn, kitchen gardens, pollinator garden and museum shop. Open to the public for guided tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 1-4pm, from June through September. Group tours and off-season tours can be arranged with sufficient notice.


Walking Tours

EHS offers several walks in season and can arrange for a customized tour for your group. The tours cover less than a mile of walking (usually less) over fairly level terrain for about an hour. Each walk is $5 per person, ten person minimum. Please allow three weeks for scheduling and staffing.

Essex Village

Take 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.


Prospect Street, Essex

Join us for a stroll down West Avenue 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.


Known as the town’s crossroads, delve into this dynamic village’s history of ‘hiding in plain sight’ to learn of its early farming days as Essex’s oldest village and its later manufacturing development powered by the Falls River, while serving as the town’s transportation hub. You will never look at Centerbrook the same way again!

River View Cemetery

Explore the cemetery’s oldest sections, highlighting the stories of some its colorful ‘residents,’ the cryptic meaning behind its beautiful gravestone art and how the growth of the cemetery reflects local and national history over three hundred years.

Step-On Bus Tours available upon request for your local or visiting group. We offer each tour at a flat rate of $100 per bus.

Slide Show Talks

Invite EHS’s team to speak to your class, group or organization with a 45-minute illustrated presentation on select local history topics. We encourage Question & Answer sessions. Talks can be modified to suit your class, group or time frame.

Topics include:

  • A Virtual Walking Tour of Essex Village
  • Centerbrook: Hidden in Plain Sight
  • Follow the Falls: Exploring the Williams Complex & Shipyard, 1689-1845
  • The Churches of Essex