Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains along the shore of Lake Champlain is the historic Town of Essex, one of the most unspoiled ensembles of Federal and Greek Revival village architecture in rural America. The hamlet of Essex, founded in the 18th century, was listed in its entirety on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Essex has no shopping centers, fast food or franchised lodging. Essex's quiet integrity, sense of history, intact architecture, beautiful location on Lake Champlain, antique, craft and other shops and many fine accomodations, richly reward the independent visitor seeking an alternative to over-commericalized resort communities.
Formed in December 1969, Historic Essex (Essex Community Heritage Organization) has worked for thirty eight years to preserve a village which is one of the finest and most intact collections of Federal and Greek Revival architecture in rural New York State. Through education, advocacy, rehabilitation and economic revitalization initiatives, Historic Essex and its over three hundred members have strived to develop programs which simultaneously preserve the architectural and environmental qualities of the community and create new economic and housing opportunities for residents.