"Mount St. Johns" Essex Off The Beaten Path Tip by msbrandysue

Essex Off The Beaten Path: 1 reviews and 2 photos


So while I was on the riverboat cruise with the Essex Steam Train trip they showed us this structure while we were on the Connecticut River. The building was very interesting from a distance. I got a shot, then contacted the Steam Train company to get the name of it.

"Mount Saint John (MSJ) is a residential treatment program that provides comprehensive and integrated treatment services to adolescent boys and young men who are not able to function in their home community due to combinations of behavioral, emotional, family and educational problems. The staff and Board of Mount Saint John are committed to providing a treatment program to meet the evolving and changing needs of the times and of the boys who come into our care." -From their website

Mount St. Johns was a school for boys after being built in the early 1900s. Rather than paraphrase I included some historical information from their website.

"Mount Saint John was founded as St. John's Industrial School in 1904 in Hartford. The Hartford property soon became too small to meet the needs of the growing residential school for boys in need of care. In 1907 the foundation stone for a new building was blessed and laid on the present site in Deep River by the Bishop of Hartford, and staff and residents moved in during the following year. A prominent local family the Duggans of Deep River - had donated the property on which the residential school was built. A son of that family— a priest, Monsignor Thomas Duggan was a longtime friend and benefactor of this institution, as the plaque in the entrance foyer attests."

Then basically it became an orphanage for boys. Soon after that it began specializing the treatment for boys both with mental struggles and behavorial. It still functions today and is a lovely sight from the Steamboat ride of the Essex Steam Train attraction.

Boys Served:

Capacity: 40 boys
Ages at Admission: 11-15.6 years
Average Age: 14 years 8 months
Average Stay: 9-12 months
Reasons Boys Come to Mount Saint John:

Learning & behavioral problems
Emotional difficulties
Family problems
Alcohol and other drug abuse & addiction
Neglect & dependency issues
Probation and parole requirements

Phone: 860.343.1300

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
  • Send to a Friend
  • Report Abuse



“God made Texas on his day off...for pure entertainment. Mary Lasswell”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 3 3 6
Forum Rank:
0 4 2 3 6

Have you been to Essex?

  Share Your Travels