Beginning with a local shipbuilding yard, then dockage for the ivory being delivered to local piano factories, Deep River Landing has a long history as a center of activity. Constructed in 1875, the building that came to house “The Lace Factory” with its landmark chimney has become an integral part of the picturesque location at the edge of the Connecticut River. Now, the Deep River Landing offers a gazebo park with picnic area and boat launch. Kayakers, boaters, fishermen, jet skiers and hunters alike gather throughout year for direct access to the river. It is home port to the Becky Thatcher Riverboat, (now the Martha Washington). An over the water viewing deck offers the opportunity to see eagles soaring on a crisp clear day or to fish just about any time. Train enthusiasts young and old can be awed by the Essex Steam Train steamily chugging by only feet away. The Deep River Landing hosts an occasional public concert, wedding or special get together and continues to be an attraction for both locals and visitors to the area. Located at the heart of Deep River Landing, The Lace Factory Marketplace and Future Culinary Center will be a destination unto itself, complimenting the existing attraction to and enjoyment of the Landing. The Lace Factory Farmers Market is centrally located to Madison, Old Saybrook, Middletown and New London and will be easily accessible from Route 9 as well as from many points east of the Connecticut River. The market will be supported by a team of professionals working on advertising, imaging, and graphics who will continue to design visuals and communication/information packages for the vendors.