The Land Trusts Photo Contest - Attention amateur photographers

Share the beauty! Essex Land Trust and five other local land trusts annually host an amateur photography contest. Cash prizes are awarded for the best photos in the categories of Land Trust Properties, Landscape/Waterscape, Plants, Wildlife, Cultural/Historic, Black & White, Youth Age 14 to 18 and Youth Age 13 and Younger. Every photo entry is exhibited at the Land Trusts Photo Contest Reception in April of 2019. Entries must be submitted between Jan. 2 and Feb. 28, 2019.


For contest rules, entry forms, and a special page for youth, visit


Sponsors include: All-Pro Automotive, Art Emporium of Old Saybrook, Ashlawn Farm Coffee, Ballek’s Garden Center, Denali Outdoor, Essex Savings Bank, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Evan Griswold at Coldwell Banker, Lorensen Auto Group, The Red House Cultural Arts Center, OWCM Group Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, RiverQuest/ CT River Expeditions, Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House & Cafe, Alison Mitchell.



Land Trust Annual Report - April 12, 2018

2018 marks the Essex Land Trust’s 50th year in pursuing its mission of preserving and enhancing our community’s open space and natural resources for the benefit of future generations. We thank all our members and donors for the sustained support provided over many years. Without this support we would not have been so successful in realizing our vision. Click HERE to access the full report.



Follow the Falls

Collaboration with Essex Historical Society

Follow the Falls represents a joint effort by Essex Historical Society and the Essex Land Trust to tell the remarkable story of the Falls River which binds together the three historic villages of Ivoryton, Centerbrook and Essex to form what we know today as the Town of Essex. Besides its historic significance, the Falls River is home to a rich natural history, kept alive by the four Essex Land Trust preserves located along its winding shores.


Falls River Part One. In 2018 Follow the Falls explores the area’s natural history, Native American and European settlements, the harnessing of the river’s water power and the industrial development of Falls River Cove. The story is told through an online magazine, a printed booklet, and special event programs. Click here to access.


Upstream. Future installments of the Falls River story will trace the significant development upstream along the river in both the villages of Centerbrook and Ivoryton. The stories of the workers, their families and the communities that sprung up alongside the river form the historic narrative of the Town of Essex.





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