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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Howard Burr July 26th 1983 on his 83rd Birthday

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Howard Burr on his 83rd birthday at the shop at Ye Yacht Yard.

(Howard was born on July 26, 1900)
Property and courtesy of: Ye Yacht Yard Preservation Fund.
From Howard Burr Collection, special thanks to Joe Rainis.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Replica of Historic Schooner America Sails into Southport Harbor July 17

SOUTHPORT, CT — On Sunday July 17,  the 139-foot schooner America, a replica of the world’s most famous racing yacht, for which the America’s Cup was named in 1851, will be making a one-day stop in Southport, CT.

America is on an extensive tour of the Gulf and East coasts and the Caribbean to raise awareness of the 2017 America’s Cup defense in Bermuda, and the vessel will be docked at Southport Harbor for just 24 hours.

Beginning at approximately 9am on SundayAmerica will glide down Southport Harbor, giving residents and members of the public a rare photo-opportunity as the boat passes the village’s  Ye Yacht Yard at the end of Harbor Road and then Perry Green, ultimately coming to rest in front of Pequot Yacht Club.

From 1pm to 3pm the public will have the unique opportunity to board the boat at Pequot Yacht Club and learn the history of the original racing yacht which beat a fleet of Britain’s finest and launched the America’s Cup 165 years ago. 

This tour is free, but donations are welcomed and will support America’s mission to spark excitement about the latest America’s Cup racing; and to engage the next generation of sailing fans by highlighting the technologies that have elevated the sport to its present state.

The schooner, captained by Troy Sears, is a near perfect replica built in 1995 at a cost of more than $6 million.


Among the world’s most beautiful racing yachts, America is also the most famous, for it truly put the sport of yachting on the map. In 1851, the original boat won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s race around the Isle of Wight. Henceforth, that “100 Guinea Cup” was officially renamed “The America’s Cup” — not for the country but for the boat.                                                  

The winners of the 1851 race, members of the New York Yacht Club, donated the trophy to their club, to be held as a “challenge” trophy, which was successfully defended by the United States until 1983 and remains the longest winning streak in sporting history. 

Designed by a young genius who combined the best of Old World theory and New World practicality, and owned by a syndicate of powerful men out to prove American maritime prowess, the original America did what almost everyone thought was impossible.

The schooner’s later career was equally as colorful: a conveyor of secret agents, Confederate blockade runner, Union warship, Naval Academy training vessel, and the pride and joy of a famous Civil War general and politician. By her end in 1945, America was one of the most honored vessels in the United States. The original was destroyed during World War II. 

Ye Yacht Yard, 985 Harbor Road, Southport, CT (limited street parking only)
Perry Green, 701 Harbor Road, Southport, CT (limited street parking only)
1 - 3PM TOUR:
Pequot Yacht Club,  669 Harbor Road, Southport, CT (limited street parking only)

More information about America:

Thursday, July 7, 2016

237 years ago on July 7, 1779 over 2,000 British troops invade Fairfield

At the end of both Sasco Hill Road and South Pine Creek Road areas, on July 7, 1779  the British landed (in whaleboats and in privateers). On that foggy day of July 7, 1779, approximately 2,000 enemy troops landed and proceeded to invade the town. When they left the following evening, the entire town lay in ruins, burned to the ground as punishment for Fairfield's support of the rebel cause. Ten years later, President George Washington noted after traveling through Fairfield, that " the destructive evidences of British cruelty are yet visible both in Norwalk and Fairfield; as there are the chimneys of many burnt houses standing in them yet."

Pequot Library Book Sale one hour long documentary from 1993

VIDEO NOTES BY the documenter finleymeboy:
In the summer of 1993 I had a video camera and time on my hands (there was a recession then, too, come to think) and I decided to chronicle the Pequot Library Booksale, a unique event in Southport, CT that draws thousands from all over the region and beyond (Martha Stewart dropped in to promote it one year). The "sale" happens in July, but is a remarkable process that goes on all year, accumulating mass as it goes. I was pretty close to it and the people involved, having worked as a volunteer for years (This is my homage to them). What comes across in this video, if you watch the entire hour, is the peculiar attraction, passion and hunger people have for books, and in this event, a unique ecology of books in which the culture gets circulated from one hand to another, a lot among people who would otherwise not have access to it, and then somehow the whole thing replenishes itself to come back another year. Think about this as people tell you nowadays that books are going away, like newspapers, and this might be of more poignant historical value than I thought. A lot of the good people in this film are gone, but the sale goes on (it goes on now as I speak) as it has for over 50 years, and hopefully will continue long after printed books are "dead."

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pequot Library's 4th of July Bike Parade & Lawn Games

4th of July Bike Parade & Lawn Games

Pequot Library
Monday, July 4, 2016, 10am - 12pm
Start at the Five Corners in Southport Village with decorated bikes, scooters and wagons
Arrive at the Great Lawn of Pequot Library
Fun and games: face painting, sack races, hula hoop contest, Revolutionary Relay, crafts and an American History trivia contest
Hot dogs and drinks available
All ages, no registration required

Location : Great Lawn
Contact : Front Desk (203) 259-0346 ext. 15


Southport Market Boats in 1905

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Southport Market Boats
Southport, Connecticut
Description: B/w post card, "26C20, Luin B Switzer, Publisher." Printed on the front of the card sent to "Mrs. H. T. Bulkley, Southport": "The Last of the Market Fleet, Southport, Conn." Written on the front: "Comps of L.B.S. (by Luin B. Swtizer himself)" The card is postmarked 24 Nov 1905. Luin B. Switzer ran the Southport drugstore from 1895 to about 1940. The drugstore is still called "Switzer's." In the Weekly Times of 11 Aug 1905, Switzer advertised "Southport Souvenir post cards at Southport Pharmacy. 2 for 5 cents." This may be one of the souvenir cards advertised. In the picture the schooner on the left is the one identified by Charlotte Lacey in her Historical Story of Southport (page 45) as the "Mary Elizabeth, " a market boat owned by the firm of Chas. Jennings & Son. The schooner on the right may be the "George Edwin, " a market boat owned by the Simon Banks firm. The market boats ceased operation about 1903-4. The "Mary Elizabeth" was sold in 1905 and taken to Long Island.
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: c1905
Format: Photograph

Southport Onion Hoe ad in 1899

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Historically priceless photo of Southport Harbor - 4th of July Tub Racing & Watersports

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"This photo is rare and historically priceless. In the background through the trees you can see part of the old mansion that stood at the corner of Harbor Road and Old South Road. I believe that it had a large and imposing tower. The automobiles along Harbor Road suggest the photo is WW I vintage".
-Arthur Jennings
Note: canoe and tub races; people at the dock getting in their tubs.
Also the old BC&MMR on Harbor Road.
The Annual July 4th Tub Racing and Watersports, photo circa 1917-1919.
Photograph property and courtesy of Arthur Jennings Collection.
Special thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this incredible image from the past.

Pine Creek Beach Saturday panorama

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Pine Creek Beach Saturday panorama.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fishing at YYY

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At the Town Dock at Ye Yacht Yard
Southport, Connecticut
Photographer and date unknown.
"Some serious fishing going on here.
As a kid I remember watching folks catch small fish using nets and some chum.
Some folks stayed all day on the ledge." -Arthur Jennings
From Arthur Jennings Collection.

Howard Burr Day June 21

Proclaimed by former First Selectwoman Jacky Durrell, June 21 every year is Howard Burr Day in Fairfield.
We remember this local legend and dedicated Fairfielder on this day.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Southport Harbor early 1900's

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Southport Harbor early 1900's
View from seawall in Southport Harbor, date uncertain, early 1900's, photo from Arthur Jennings' collection. From left to right: Captain Benjamin F. Peet House on 1000 Harbor Road (with tower), Wyght's Rock (today's Ye Yacht Yard), and to the right down the harbor is Jelliff Block.
Zoom in down the harbor and try to identify the large vessel, it may be an early dredge.

Howard Burr inside the shop at YYY

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Howard Burr inside the shop at YYY.
Look closer and you will see Howard inside the shop.
Photographer and date unknown.
Photograph property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

Southport Harbor on Tuesday

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Southport Harbor on Tuesday.

Fairfield Shellfish Commission Clam Clinic 2016

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Clam Clinic 2016 at Sasco Beach June 11th
Shellfish Permits for the season were available for purchase,
free clam chowder and free clams and the use of clam rakes all made available to the public,
made for a another successful Clam Clinic hosted by the Fairfield Shellfish Commission.

Flag Day on South Pine Creek Road

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Pequot Library 11th Annual Potluck, Outdoor Concert & Campout PHOTOS

2016 Summer Reading Program Kick Off!
Potluck dinner, badminton, spinnaker play, pillow fight, roastomg s'mores by the campfire and ghost stories.
The Outdoor Concert was performed by Merwin Mountain Band until the wee hours of 10pm.

PHOTOS: Lori Langdon

The winch at Ye Yacht Yard

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Early photo of the winch at YYY.
Photographer and date unknown.
Photo property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection.
With special thanks to Joe Rainis.

Believed to be the "Ada", owned by W.B. Meeker

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Believed to be the "Ada", owned by W.B. Meeker.
Thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this rare photo.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Fairfield Shellfish Commission Clam Clinic June 11th

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Photo: Eric Sundman 2015
Fairfield Shellfish Commission Clam Clinic 2016

Shellfish Commission Clam Clinic - June 11, 2016
The Shellfish Commission will be holding a Clam Clinic on Saturday, June 11th at Sasco Beach in Fairfield - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Bring the kids - it's fun for all! Click here for details.
If you are willing to share your clamming expertise with event participants, we are actively looking for volunteers to join us! Please let us know by emailing us at

Pequot Library Annual Potluck, Outdoor Concert & Campout June 10th

Annual Potluck, Outdoor Concert & Campout

On the Great Lawn of Pequot Library
 - Southport -
Friday, June 10, 2016, 6:30pm . . .
A favorite community event to kick off summer reading! Register for food coordination.


PHOTOS: Eric Sundman 2015

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Trinity Tailgate Tag Sale June 11th

Southport Harbormasters

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"This is a photo of Barbara Burr's Chesapeake Bay Retriever, "Flair", standing guard at YYY with her friend Ferdie Jennings, back in the 1950's. Flair was a fixture at YYY for many years and was first mate on Barbara Burr's lobster runs. Barbara's traps were usually set off Greens Farms where the bottom was rocky. Those runs were fun."
-Arthur Jennings
Special thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this bit of Southport history.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Southport Conservancy 34th Annual Meeting at Eagle Hill School Sunday June 5th

ONE ANTHEM performs at the Horseshoe Cafe Monday June 6th

Coming this Monday 6/6.....One Anthem makes it way to the feature spot at the Horseshoe Cafe. 
 Join us for their 8:30PM Appearance. Acoustic Open-Mic follows until close! See you there!

Horseshoe Café - Southport Village

Southport Street Parade & Blessing of The Fleet June 18th

Friday, June 3, 2016

Barbara and Howard Burr at YYY

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Barbara and Howard Burr with a guest at Ye Yacht Yard.
Photographer and date unknown.
From Howard Burr's Collection.
Photograph property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Francis Bulkley Carriage Repairing

From Southport Chronicle May 15, 1869.
Thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this vintage advertisement.

Southport Harbor in 1920's

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Rare photo of Southport Harbor in the 1920's.
Set-a-spell on the left. To the right of that is the old Pilot House, and to
the right of the sailboat in the center is Whyte's (or White's) Rock.
From Arthur Jennings collection.