This chronology lists history of schools, firehouses, churches, mills, and other buildings in Essex. It also lists roads, canal, and railroad activity.
"Latin School" established in Chebacco to prepare youths for Cambridge
Road from Ipswich to Chebacco laid out (little more than a footpath)
First sawmill in Chebacco
Sills laid for a meeting house in Chebacco; work halted by court order. Building raised, despite order, through efforts of the women of the Parish (April)
Building completed (July) following court permission
First Meeting House dedicated. Gallery and turret added.
Parsonage built for John Wise, near the Meeting House
Spring Street opened when John Cogswell divided his 300 acre grant among his four sons.
Nathaniel Rust, the first schoolmaster, began teaching in a room in his home (now on John Wise Ave.)
In Chebacco were a church, a school, five sawmills, one shipyard, three bridges, and two causeways.
First school house erected (on the common)
Tanning yard established alongside brook, in back of Burying Ground
New (second) Meeting House built on the common
A Pound constructed
School held in a house at the Falls two months each year
School sessions held two months at the Falls, two months on the South side of the River, and two months at the schoolhouse on the Common (an annual arrangement)
Separatists' new meeting house built on site of present Congregational Church
Sixth Parish purchased property on spring Street as location for parsonage for Mr. Cleaveland
First schoolhouse sold; second schoolhouse built on same site.
First schoolhouse at Falls
A pound, built of stone, established.
First schoolhouse built on south side of Chebacco River
New Meeting House constructed on site of third meeting house (present Congregational Church)
Bell cast by Paul Revere installed in meeting house
A new schoolhouse was built as the Falls, on the site of the first one.
A second schoolhouse built on the south side of the river
A new schoolhouse in the North district
The Christian Baptist society erected a meeting house on site of present United Methodist Church
New road to Manchester built
Chebacco Parish, separated from the Town of Ipswich by the Massachusetts Legislature; incorporated as the Town of Essex
Essex Canal opened, for moving timbers between the Merrimac and Chebacco Rivers
Engine house built across from congregational church at site of present White Elephant Shop. Engine and equipment purchased by Town.
A new "poor house" built in the town
A bark mill established at the Falls for a tanning business
A school house constructed in the center of Essex (now the Shipbuilding Museum)
The Universalist church constructed in the center of Essex
New schoolhouse in the South District
Congregational Meeting House remodeled to provide a second-floor Sanctuary and a first-floor meeting hall. The selectmen occupy an office in the corner of the meeting hall
Schoolhouse built in the East District
New engine house on Thompson Island, near the causeway
New fire engine for the town
Horse/ carriage sheds built at Congregational Meeting House
Records indicate operation of four rope-walks in Essex at this time
Hardy's Hall and the engine house at the end of the causeway destroyed by fire
Construction of a new engine house on the causeway
First Essex post office located in Richardson's Hall
Construction of Essex Town Hall; transfer of all Town offices and all Town meetings from the Congregational Meeting House to the new building
Universalist church destroyed by fire. Rebuilt on same site.
Copyright © 2000 by Kurt A. Wilhelm