From now on, every Friday I will highlight a favorite museum. First up is the Connecticut River Museum in picturesque Essex, Ct. The museum celebrates the cultural heritage of the Connecticut River with a special interest in navigable waters. That means a superb collection of nautical ephemera from shipping lines, boat models, and exceptional material related to the local Shade fishery. Though small, the institution delivers exhibitions with great breadth illuminating all facets of river life and oft forgot New England stories.

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