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Marion Fraser Beggs Memorial Park, Essex

Historic Districts and Sites
The quaint town of Essex, home to Beggs Park. – Courtesy of Cathy Frank

The park is on Beggs Point Road in Essex. Driving north on Lake Shore Road/Main Street, take a right onto Beggs Point Road and proceed to the park at the end of the street. If going south, you would turn right and drive to the park.

Marion Fraser Beggs Memorial Park, or Beggs Park for short, sits on the site of a horseshoe nail factory and a window sash factory, both of which burned in the early 1900s. The frequent loading and unloading of canal boats made this a busy and noisy spot when the factories operated. Now, Beggs Park is a combination boat launch, fishing pier, town park, and playground that offers fun, relaxation, and great views of the lake and the Essex waterfront.

The Essex, NY-Charlotte, VT ferry runs most of the year and docks near the park.

Suggested Further Reading

Virginia Westbrook, Relishing Our Resources Along Lake Champlain in Essex County, New York (Crown Point, New York: Champlain Valley Heritage Network, 2001), 51-52.