Press Release

EST&R and Bishop’s Orchards Collaborative Corn Maze at Bishop’s Orchards

Posted on September 11, 2017

Family-friendly Maze Open Now on Weekends and Holidays

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat and Bishop’s Orchards are happy to announce the opening of the 2017 Corn Maze at Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford, CT.  All aboard the newly designed family-friendly corn maze, which is in the shape of a steam train due to the unique partnership.

The maze is open now until Friday, November 3 (pending weather conditions) on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission is at 4:45 p.m.). Admission is $7.00 per person, plus tax, with children under 2 free.

For every corn maze entry, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat will be giving away a $2.00 discount voucher towards their daytime Santa Special holiday excursion.

The corn maze is located at Bishop’s Main Orchard at 526 New England Road, 2 ¾ miles from the Farm Market in Guilford (signs will direct patrons from the Farm Market, located off of I-95 Exit 57 at 1355 Boston Post Road). The maze is filled with elaborate pathways and new interactive games and puzzles. The middle features a lookout, where you can see the entire field from above. Corn maze hours are subject to change due to weather and field conditions. Bishop’s 24/7 info line at 203-458-7425 will be updated daily.

Come September 15, patrons will be able to redeem their $2.00 off voucher to Essex Steam Train’s Santa Special daytime excursions.  Coach tickets are $24, and First Class tickets are $40 per person age 1 and older. Santa Special trains leave Essex Station at 1 Railroad Ave., Essex, CT, various dates in December.


Since 1871, six generations of Bishop’s have been serving Connecticut with fresh products. Visitors come year round to shop at the Farm Market, enjoy Pick Your Own fruits, and taste enticing treats from the bakery and kitchen. Bishop’s is also a home to an award-winning winery. A member of the CT Wine Trail, they offer daily vineyard tours and tastings. Visit the Bishop’s Orchards website or follow them on Facebook for more information.


Owned and operated by the Valley Railroad Company, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is a unique historic attraction in the Connecticut River Valley. The railroad has transported people in Connecticut since 1868, and the Valley Railroad Company has operated today’s well-known train and riverboat for over 40 years. The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat takes people on exciting excursions through the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley, a place designated as “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester, and the Becky Thatcher riverboat takes visitors past the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park on its way to East Haddam. The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat offers various eco-excursions and family themed events throughout the year. For more information, visit

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