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The ivory keys for America's pianos and organs were made here, and though the ivory industry is gone, people still visit Ivoryton for its playhouse, and fine inns.



Ivoryton, which is actually part of Essex, took its name from the ivory industry set up here by the Comstock family, who imported tusks to be shaped into covers for piano and organ keys.

Today people come to Ivoryton for the Ivoryton Playhouse, which stages excellent productions of dramatic and music works.

The station for the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is between Essex and Ivoryton, just west of CT 9. The excursion trains run five miles (8 km) upriver to Chester, where you may board the riverboat Becky Thatcher for a river cruise before returning southward by train to Essex.

Dickenson Brands, maker of a mild, comforting astringent distillate from the witch hazel tree (Hamamelis virginiana), is based here as well.

The Copper Beech Inn, 46 Main Street, Ivoryton CT 06442, 1.5 miles west of CT 9, Exit 3, was built as the home of a prosperous ivory merchant, and is now a local dining-place of longstanding.

The Ivoryton Inn, 115 Main Street, Ivoryton CT 06442, once the favorite of ivory traders visiting the town, is just a few minutes' walk from the Ivoryton Playhouse.

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Witch Hazel Works, Ivoryton CT

Ivoryton is famous for
ivory and Witch Hazel.


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