To the Valley News:
Regarding the story “ Essex has stile” in the Aug. 31, 2103 edition, we would like to make the following points:
Contrary to the caption under the photo in Sue Markham’s story, the stile was not erected on family property. The stile was placed over a fence separating our property (the old Essex School) and the adjacent Hickory Hill property. No part of the immediate area is public property or accessible from public property.
We have confirmed with our neighbor that no permission was ever requested by or granted to anyone to either enter or to erect anything on either property. We discovered the stile after being alerted that several vehicles had recently driven across our lawn. As this is private property we trust that in the future our rights and privacy will be respected.
The former Essex school house has been in our family for more than 40 years, and we have made considerable efforts to preserve it and the grounds. We have always welcomed any visitor (usually former students) who knocked on our door and asked to take a look around.
The Sharp Family