Local Organizations

Local organizations

Ancient Order of Essex Weeders
The Weeders was founded in 1981 and now consists of about 18 men who meet weekly to take care of the traffic islands at the intersections of Routes 153 and 154 at the entrance to the town of Essex.

Bushy Hill Nature Center
(860) 767-2148
Bushy Hill Nature Center offers people of all ages the chance to learn and grow. Located on 700+ acres encompassing Deep River and Ivoryton, the diverse surroundings offer the perfect setting for school programs, primitive studies, summer camp, team building and workshops.

Community Music School
(860) 767-0026
The mission of the Community Music School is to provide a full range of the finest possible instruction and musical opportunities to persons of all ages and abilities, to increase appreciation of music and to encourage a sense of joy in learning and performing, thus enriching the life of the community.

Connecticut River Museum
(860) 767-8269
The Connecticut River Museum’s mission is to lead in the study, preservation and celebration of the cultural and natural heritage of the Connecticut River and its valley. By deepening understanding of the River’s importance to past generations, the Museum will inspire the stewardship of future generations.

Essex Art Association
(860) 767-8996
The Essex Art Association, housed in a historic Essex building, has served the Shoreline area as a nonprofit seasonal art gallery since 1946. We were the first local art association to embrace all styles of art, from the traditional to the cutting edge. The excellence and variety of our shows have made the EAA an outstanding exhibition venue showcasing quality art at reasonable prices.

Essex Board of Trade
(860) 767-3904
The Essex Board of Trade, Inc. (EBOT) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization made up of business owners from Essex, Centerbrook, and Ivoryton who care about their communities as much as their bottom lines.

Essex Garden Club
P.O. Box 936, Essex, Ct. 06426
The Garden Club’s goals are civic improvement and beautification of the town, development of education and conservation initiatives to benefit both the membership and the broader public, and to foster programs within the school system to enhance awareness of our natural resources and grant scholarships to younger people who demonstrate an interest in environmental sciences.

Essex Historical Society
(860) 767-5011
The Essex Historical Society seeks to promote awareness and understanding of the people, places, and events that have shaped the history of Essex; collect and interpret artifacts and archival material, and provide educational programs and exhibits to bring those interpretations to the community; maintain two historic structures: Pratt House and Hills Academy; and advocate the preservation of significant structures and sites that reveal the history of Essex.

Essex Land Trust
The Land Trust acquires open space by gift or purchase in order to protect the environment, to preserve the small town character of Essex and to provide the community with passive recreational and educational opportunities. The Land Trust conserves wildlife habitats, forests, fields, rivers, wetlands and scenic views by maintaining properties in a natural state now and forever.

Essex Lions Club
In keeping with the Lions Club’s support of vision-related organizations, the Essex Lions Club has made contributions to the CT Lion’s Eye Research Center, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, and the CT Low Vision Center. The club has also paid for eye exams and eyeglasses for Essex residents who could not afford them. Additionally, the Club has made donations to the Essex and Ivoryton libraries, Essex Fire Department, Essex Ambulance-Association, Shoreline Soup Kitchen, Tri-Town Youth Service Bureau, and the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Essex Rotary
(860) 490-8262
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
(860) 767-0103
Since 1971, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat has been escorting thousands of visitors through 13 miles of the scenic beauty of the Connecticut River. Today, there are less than 100 steam locomotives in scheduled service in the United States. Two of these “iron horses” operate eight months of the year here at Essex.

Essex Winter Series
(860) 272-4572
The Mission of the Essex Winter Series is to bring the finest music, in live performance, to the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline Region during the winter months and to cultivate its appreciation to the widest audience.

Ivoryton Library Association
(860) 767-1252
The Ivoryton Library is a private, non-profit association serving the greater community. The library loans books and other visual and audio materials, and provides research assistance. It also creates educational, historical, cultural and civic programs of interest to the community.

Ivoryton Playhouse
(860) 767-7318 (Box Office)
The Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation was formed for the purpose of owning, restoring and operating the 100 year old Playhouse, maintaining its cultural, educational, entertainment and service value to the community at large. The Foundation is committed to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Shoreline region and beyond. Strong education and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities.

Sister Cities Essex Haiti
The mission of Sister Cities Essex Haiti is to build a mutual long-term sustainable relationship between the people of Essex, Connecticut, USA and the people of Deschapelles, Haiti, their extended communities, and Hospital Albert Schweitzer located in Deschapelles.

Valley Shore YMCA
(860) 399-9622
For over 90 years, the Valley-Shore YMCA has had a positive impact on the lives of those who live and work on the shoreline and in the Connecticut River Valley area, by promoting programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body.