Essex is a town in Connecticut which has been called "the prettiest town in America." The first ship of the Continental Navy, the Oliver Cromwell, was built in Essex during the Revolutionary War. Historic New England churches, stone homes, and saltboxes, as well as lovely local shops, are all part of what makes Essex so charming. The Essex Steam Train is one of the most famous and popular Essex attractions along with the The Connecticut River Museum, home to numerous river artifacts.
Essex is one of the few American towns to ever be attacked by a foreign power; this occurred on April 8, 1814, and the economic losses were among the largest sustained by the United States during the War of 1812. Twenty eight vessels, with a total value estimated to be close to $200,000 (at a time when a very large two story home in Essex would have been worth no more than $1,000), were destroyed by the British.
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