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Life on the River: Ships, Legends, Parties, and Summer Camps

Published Jun 06, 2019 • Last Updated 12:04 pm, June 07, 2019

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The Connecticut River Museum's mission is to lead in the study, preservation, and celebration of the cultural and natural heritage of the Connecticut River and its valley. By deepening understanding of the river's importance to past generations, the museum hopes to inspire the stewardship of the future generations.


The Connecticut River Museum is pleased to welcome back the

Onrust for its third season of sailing on the Connecticut River. Onrust, a replica of Adrian Block's vessel, is one of the first western-style ships built in the New World, and the first ever to sail up the Connecticut River.

Cruise aboard the

Onrust, on either a private charter or public cruise. When not cruising, she is available for dockside exploration. Dates and times are available at

Myths and Legends of the
Connecticut River Valley

The Connecticut River Museum's newest exhibit,

Myths and Legends of the Connecticut River Valley, arrives Friday, May 10!  Visitors can explore the history, mystery, and wonder along New England's Great River from May 10 to Oct. 14, 2019.  This exhibit is funded in part by Connecticut Humanities, The Kitchings Family Foundation, The Community Foundation of Middlesex County, and The Dryfoos Foundation.


On Thursday, June 6, the waterfront lawn of the Connecticut River Museum is the setting for RiverFare 2019, the unofficial kickoff to summer on the shoreline.  Numerous local caterers and restaurants provide delicious samples of their culinary talents for patrons, as well as tastings from breweries and wineries of the River Valley. A full cash bar, music, and silent auction with all types of items and experiences are offered from 6 to 9 p.m.

Summer Camp

During July and August, the museum's Education Department offers Summer Adventure Camps geared for children aged 6 to 12. Each week features a distinct theme with programs and activities that explore history, science, and the environment through innovative projects, on-water experiences, art, games, and more!

Camps run from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with aftercare available until 5 p.m.  Programs take place at Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook and at the museum in Essex.  Registration is now open. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

This story and photograph were provided by The Connecticut River Museum. For more information on camps and workshops offered by the museum, please visit or contact Suzanne Burns at
860-767-8269 ext. 113 or at


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