Weddings at Essex Station can host your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. In addition to wedding services, this venue is available to host other special events and celebrations. These include anniversaries, birthday parties, corporate events, and school trips.
You can enjoy a sitdown meal on the river and rail or in the station. You can relax on a 2.5-hour outing in a dining car through the scenic Connecticut River Valley while enjoying a four-course meal. Guests must select their entrees before the trip. On board, a cash bar, tab bar, or open bar are all available. The Becky Thatcher can host a waterborne cocktail reception or sit-down dinner on its three decks.
Essex Station is an ADA-compliant site with their public buildings, grounds, and campus all wheelchair-accessible. However, their restored historic train cars and riverboat date from a time where accessibility was not a design priority, and thus can present mobility challenges.
In the summer of 1871, the first ceremonial train run of the Valley Railroad company took place. Until 1968, a succession of railroad companies ran trains along this stretch of rail. Local volunteers decided to take action to preserve the rail tracks for future generations. The new Valley Railroad ran their first train on July 29th, 1971, one hundred years to the day after the first run.
This wedding venue is centrally located in Essex, and the proprietors offer an extensive list of local restaurants, cafes, and accommodation. It is a 37-minute drive from New Haven and one hour and 12 minute-drive from Providence, Rhode Island.