About Toad Hall
Toad Hall is a nonprofit, independent bookstore that falls under the umbrella organization, Essex County Ecology Center. Our founder, Buck Robinson, was inspired by the first Earth Day, Rockport, and the Granite Savings Bank where we now reside. Our name comes from Buck’s favorite book, “The Wind in the Willows.” Because of its nonprofit status, a manager runs Toad Hall and reports to a board of trustees.
Toad Hall is a full-service bookstore, but we pride ourselves on our environmental and local authorselections. We have a used book section in our upstairs loft and a children’s section downstairs where kids can pull up a beanbag chair and read!
About Essex County Ecology Center
Through the funds raised at Toad, ECEC gives money locally
in the form of “seed money” grants. Projects we’ve funded recently are:
Nature Trail Curriculum Guide
Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team projects
Earth Day plantings
History of Toad Hall
The building Toad occupies was originally the Granite Savings Bank. Construction on the bank was completed in 1926.
The granite used to build the bank comes from the Pigeon Hill Granite Company.
The bank moved out and “Buck” Robinson bought the building and established Toad Hall Bookstore, named after his favorite childhood book The Wind in the Willows, in 1972.
Toad Hall is an independent, non-profit bookstore. All of the proceeds go to the Essex County Ecological Center