Essex Historical Society-Hill's Academy

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22 Prospect St
Essex, CT 06426 860-767-0681

Business Hours:

Monday: Closed Tuesday: 09:30am - 12:00pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 09:30am - 12:00pm Friday: Closed Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed


Built in Essex in 1832 as a school for local and later boarding students, Hills Academy is now home to the Essex Historical Society. Purchased in 1955 by the newly formed Society, it served as meeting place, museum, and collection archives. With a matching grant from the Connecticut Historical Commission in 2001, the first floor was restored to its original appearance and continues as meeting and exhibit space. The collection of artifacts, photographs, and archival records that preserve the history of Essex is housed on the second floor. A dedicated group of volunteers, dubbed the Archival Angels, works year-round on accessioning, cataloging, and researching the additions to the collection.


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