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Friday, August 18, 2017

Pine Creek in 1900

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View at what is now Pine Creek Beach in about 1900 from about where the lifeguard stand is today. At left, the house to the right is #48 Pine Creek Avenue, built in 1819 which still stands. The house and land to the right of the photo was washed away in the Hurricane of 1936, creating the beachfront today which is Pine Creek Beach.

The seagreass patch is the same patch today that grows in front of 10 Pine Creek Avenue and behind the life guard stand.

Here is the restored seagrass patch rebuilt as part of shoreline protection efforts.
The photo above is the same location back in 1900.

Treasures of Southport September 10th in Southport Village

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Harris Hardware 330 Pequot Avenue in 1926

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Harris Hardware 330 Pequot Avenue
Southport, Connecticut
Commercial photo. Jesse Harris (1861-1936) came to Southport in 1920 to take over the hardware store formerly run by A.C. Bradley in the Jelliff building (now Pequot Yacht Club) on Harbor Road. In 1926 when the Post Office was moved from Main Street to Pequot Avenue, a new one-story brick building was built by Conrad Buckingham on his property to house the PO & Harris Hardware. This photo is believed taken shortly after Harris moved in, May 1926, and gives an idea of hardware stock of the time. (The Fairfield Historical Society has a somewhat later picture of this interior without the old time stove, with more modern lighting, and somewhat different wares.) Edward F. ("Ned") Russell, clerk for Harris, became the manager in the 1930's and later the owner. His son, Harris Russell (1934-2003), also owned the store for a period of time. Jesse Harris built the house at #71 Spruce Street; after his death Ned Russell purchased the property. {The store continued as Village Hardware until their closing in 2009. Southport Galleries opened in the space in October 2009.}
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: circa 1926
Format: Photograph

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Horseshoe Cafe Welcomes Phil Cody along with Double Feature Guest - Andy If, this upcoming Monday 8/14. Phil makes his way in from the West Coast to take the mic at 8:30PM. Acoustic Open-Mic follows Phil and Andy If's performances! Don't miss the music at the Shoe! See you Monday!

Horseshoe Cafe - Southport Village

Main Street and Harbor Road circa 1914

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bathing Beauties on Sea Lodge steps 1900's

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Bathing Beauties on Sea Lodge steps
Southport, Connecticut
Description: The Sea Lodge on Pequot Avenue at Southport Beach was built by the Sasquanaug Assn in 1901. The bathing costumes suggest the photo was taken not too long after that. Note the board & batten siding of this original Sea Lodge building. Photos #645-648 were found in the Connecticut Room of Pequot Library and it has not yet been possible to identify the people shown in them. See also #140, 176, 179, 437, 622-23, 646-648. (VL Higgins 8/2001) (See Oct 2001 Packet. VLH 10/2001)
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: early 1900's
Format: photograph

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lattice House - Southport Village

Southport has a new home store on Pequot Avenue. Lattice House, owned by Southport resident Christopher Philip, recently opened across from the Southport Post Office.

Lattice House sells new and classic rediscovered items for the home, the garden and for your dog.  Chris brings the concept of the ‘sporting life’ to Southport with elegant barware and accessories for men, items for the horse, dog and sailing enthusiast, as well as classic pieces that fit into both traditional and modern homes.  He also offers a wide range of hostess gifts that go beyond the standard candle.  Philip’s idea is to provide a place where you can find reasonably priced unique and exciting gifts and accessories.  Since 40% of the inventory is one of a kind items sourced from around the country and abroad, the inventory is constantly changing – the customer never knows what they will discover when they stop by.  

Lattice House has partnered with Southport Gallery with the idea of featuring on a monthly basis contemporary art by local artists.  “We wanted the ever-changing art to reflect the ever-changing inventory in the store,” says Philip. “Our goal is to create an inviting environment where customers can come, explore and have fun”. 

Lattice House is also closely associated with Parker & Company Interior Design. Parker & Company was established more than 15 years ago, when Albert Hadley, interior designer to the famous and former Southport resident, took Parker under his wing. His association with Hadley catapulted him into the world of interiors and he hasn’t stopped since.  With a style he terms ‘Contemporary Prep’, Parker has created classically tailored designs in the coastal locations of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Palm Beach as well as all over Fairfield County.

Parker & Company and Lattice House are excited to be Southport’s first one stop total design destination. Whether the living space needs a complete transformation, or just a few accessories to reinvigorate it, inspiration can be found.  From consultation to installation, they are all the design resource you’ll need.

Lattice House and Parker & Co are located at 411 Pequot Avenue; the store is open every day except Mondays, which are by appointment only.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The early 1940's at Southport Harbor

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Early 1940's Southport Harbor 
Includes the areas of Ye Yacht Yard, Harbor Road at Lower Wharf, and breakwater.
Photographs property and courtesy of The Codge Bullard Collection.

Hurricane Carol August 1954 at Ye Yacht Yard

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"Hurricane Carol August 1954"
 Photo by Frank Romagnano.
Carol was similar to the New England Hurricane of 1938, as they were near the same intensity when affecting New England, in addition to both storms accelerating toward the region. Both systems hit within 40 miles (64 km) of each other at high tide, resulting in a substantial storm surge in Narragansett Bay.[1] At the time, Carol was the third costliest United States hurricane, and the nineteenth costliest U.S. hurricane when adjusted for inflation, as of 2004.
Photo property and courtesy of: Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

Times Have Changed

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Times have changed
This photo was submitted by Arthur Jennings, seen seated here near the seawall of Pequot Yacht Club many years ago. "This photo was in the Fairfield Newspaper of the day. There was no channel 9 or two way back then..... just a marine radio telephone connecting to landlines through a marine radio operator in New York. So, during races, especially regattas, the Ripple and Lashara would use the radio telephone on a ship to ship channel to communicate with the clubhouse. Someone would monitor the shortwave shown in the picture under the porch and then go to the flagpole and dip the club burgee with a signal back to the Sound."-Arthur Jennings

Hebert Candies Post Road Southport

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Hebert Candies
Undated postcard from probably the 1950's, Hebert Candies
store on the Post Road in Southport across from Hulls Highway.

Howard Burr's BUTTERCUP during WWII

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Howard Burr's boat BUTTERCUP

"Howard Burr's boat BUTTERCUP.
Sailing club during WWII, gas rationing."
Photographer and date unknown.
Photo property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis
"During World War 2 in the forties there was a curfew on any boats leaving Southport Harbor after sundown. Many will remember that all boats had their registration numbers painted in 10" type on either side of their bows.

Howard Burr took all of this in stride including the paranoia that there were certainly German U-boats lurking in the waters after dark.
He assembled a ragtag group of buddies who were boatyard wantabes that hung out at YYY after work in the evenings. They assembled a Fleet of equally diverse sailboats some on moorings and others drysailed on trailers to race after work in the evenings, probably on Thursdays nights. BUTTERCUP was Howard's boat and it was extremely fast. I don't know the origin of it but it may have been built by Ed Spear, a buddy of his who owned a boat buliding yard in Black Rock (he built Barbara's sailboat).
They raced off of the Riegel's boathouse (AKA Kensie's Point) with a course that finished at the breakwater. Many nights when the wind died the boats never made it to the harbor until well after dark. I recall many heated discussions after hours over the handicapping system they used. Howard's BUTTERCUP was always in the standings as he was an excellent sailor."
-Ted Jennings

Many thanks to Ted Jennings for sharing his memories of Howard Burr and YYY.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Old hurricane photo of YYY

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"Old hurricane photo of YYY. Origin of photo and year unknown.
(This MIGHT have been a Frank Romano photo)". -courtesy of Arthur Jennings.

Riegel Estate at Kenzie's Point 1920's (Sasco Point) (McKenzie's Point)

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Riegel Estate view from southwest
Southport, Connecticut

Description: Photographer: Emory Family Album. Right foreground, original beach house, note ridge pole facing water background center, main house; background center to left below main house, original summer house; left foreground, dock pavilion. Partially visible behind pavilion to left, original boat house. Considerable sandy beach area drastically altered by hurricanes, boat house destroyed. Beach house first structure built on estate, erected before main house. See _Packet_ 2003 for details plus photos #665 through 700.

Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher Pequot Library Association
Date: circa 1926-27
Format: Photograph

Pine Creek Beach Windmill in 1920

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Pine Creek Beach Windmill in 1920
This is a very rare photo taken from Pine Creek Avenue in 1920, across a meadow-sized waterfront yard at McKenzie's Point/Pine Creek Beach around the end of South Pine Creek Road, looking across the creek towards the windmill that once stood about where the lifeguard stand sits today.
Photo taken almost 20 years before the Hurricane of 1938. Photo credit/property of: V. McGuire.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Talking Dreads at StageOne THIS OCTOBER!

JUST ANNOUNCED: are back on StageOne this October!

Pine Creek Beach Summer 1941

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Pine Creek Beach in the summer of 1941, Surfside in the background,
at the end of South Pine Creek Road.
Photo property and courtesy of: Dave Peck Collection

Pine Creek Beach circa 1920

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Looking towards Kenzie Point.
This is the area about where South Pine Creek Road ends.
Published by A. Kleban & Sons, Bridgeport, Conn.
Rare color postcard on linen, image at Pine Creek Beach circa 1920.

Southport Breakwater in the summer of 1941

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Southport Breakwater in the summer of 1941.
Notice the rows of moored boats where the sandbar is currently.
Photo: Codge Bullard Archive

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hurricane Carol August 1954 at YYY

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Hurricane Carol, August 1954 at Ye Yacht Yard, Southport, CT.
Photographer unknown.
Photo property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection.
With special thanks to Joe Rainis.

Ye Yacht Yard circa 1920

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A very rare photo of Ye Yacht Yard from the 1920's extracted by Lew Corbitt from a frame of a 16mm film taken by A.O. Jennings.
Special thanks to Arthur Jennings for contributing this photo.

Date question: It appears that to the left of the photo it is possible it is the schooner "Mary Elizabeth" a market boat owned by the firm of Chas. Jennings & Son. The Southport market boats ceased operation about 1903-4. The "Mary Elizabeth" was sold in 1905 and taken to Long Island. Therefore the date of 1920's is questionable and not corroborated.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Town of Fairfield Landfill Solar Array at Old Dam

On the Town of Fairfield’s former landfill adjacent to Old Dam Road, a massive 1.3 megawatt solar power array – comprising more than 4,000 individual solar panels – is set to deliver 1.7 million kilowatt hours per year of clean, renewable energy to the Town’s wastewater treatment plant, providing about 25% of the plant’s energy requirements. Representing a “green” use of a degraded landscape, the solar array is one of the most dramatic illustrations of Fairfield's long-term commitment to clean energy and a more environmentally sustainable future. Drone video courtesy of Daniel Blumenfeld.

Pequot Library Summer Book Sale 2017 video

Pequot Library's 57th Annual Summer Book Sale 2017

Cockenoe Island

Pine Creek & Old Dam aerial video


Chris Frantz The Talking Head Radio Show Friday July 28th

  1. Streaming live

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Howard Burr

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Howard Burr would have been 117 years old today.

One of Howard Burr's favorite motto's was this:
"Don't regret growing old. It's a privilege denied to many."

He also was quoted saying: "I hate hot weather..I was born on July 26, 1900.
And I'll tell you what my mother told me: 'It was a hot, humid day and
I was glad to get rid of you.'" -- Howard Burr

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)
Courtesy of: Howard Burr Collection, special thanks to Joe Rainis.

Howard Burr on his 85th birthday in 1985

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From the July 26, 1985 Fairfield Citizen-News: Howard Burr.
Courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Special thanks to Joe Rainis.

Very rare photo showing the area east of the Lower Wharf in 1929

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Sasco Hill, Sasco Beach, and McKenzie's Point in the background.
"This photo is circa 1929 showing the area east of the Lower Wharf. Note the mooring hoist to the left and the vintage cars to the lower right and across the harbor along the beach. (There is an object in the center of the photo which appears to be along the breakwater. I have put a loupe to the image and cannot be certain what it is. At times I see a sail boat with a mast. Other times I see what appears to be a float plane, with tail to the left and prop to the right. Whatever is happening, there are a few spectators with the number of cars in the photo)."
"The property on which the photo was taken belonged to my father and his family. The original parcel was about 4 acres and went back to Willow Street. It also included an undetermined amount of what is now YYY, and included what is now 1000 Harbor Road, the house that one time had the tower. On the hill was mounted cannon during the war of 1812 to protect the entrance of the harbor. My dad build his home on the hill in the 1920's. At that time the land was used as an apple orchard and grazing land for cattle." -Arthur Jennings
Many thanks to Arthur Jennings, for sharing this rare image.

Sasco Hill in 1887

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View of Sasco Hill from west side of Mill River
Southport, Connecticut

Photographer: Roderick P Curtis. One of many pictures of Sasco Hill taken by Roderick Curtis.
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: December 1887
Format: Photograph

Simon Couch Sherwood House in 1906

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Simon Couch Sherwood House
Southport, Connecticut

Description: B/w post card. Printed on front: "Southport 1906. House of Mrs Simon C. Sherwood." This house was built in 1884 for Simon Couch Sherwood, son of Edwin Sherwood (#89 Westway Road). The lamp in front of the house is a Dietz lantern, the type installed by the Sasquanaug Society in the 1890's. This house is the subject of HABS (Historic American Bldgs Survey) Report CT-296. It is also discussed in Cigliano and Schwarz, Southport, The Architectural Legacy of a CT Village.

Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 1906
Format: Photograph

Tom Tom Club - Suboceana

Pequot Presents: Jane Austen August 2nd

Pequot Presents: Jane Austen

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Watch this period comedy Love and Friendship(PG) based on an Austen novella. Free.

Main Street & Harbor Road 1895

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#017 Hall Block
Main Street, Center Street and Harbor Road
Southport, Connecticut

Photographer: Edward, Clinton or Eugene Hall. This picture was taken from Harbor Road looking at Center Street. Visible is the shell of the brick building on Center St which burned. To its left is a house which stood where the parking area for 252 Main Street now is. In the center background is the Savings Bank on Main Street.
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 2 Jan 1895
Format: Photograph

Main & Harbor Road 1896

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Hall Block & Jennings Building, Main & Harbor Road
Southport, Connecticut
Description Photographer: Edward, Clinton or Eugene Hall. Note found with glass plate negative: "The 'Center' showing the new brick tenement, the Town post [sign post], Woodward's tin shop, Wood's, Post office & meat market." At the top of the plate is printd "View Hall block and... [unreadable] Nov 20, 96 c 10 AM. Clo Cl ix No 3." ["Clo Cl" etc a record of exposure time, plate number?] On left is the Hall block built after 1894 fire. The two top floors were the "tenement" portion; first floor was given over to stores. Across Main St, on the right is #251 Main, owned by Nehemiah Jennings. The top stories are the old Miah Perry house; the first floor was added (put underneath the house) in the 1870's. On the right was the post office and to the rear of it, Miah Jennings meat market. On the left was John Wood's dry goods store. To the left of this building was the Nichols store building, then occupied by M. V. Woodward, a plumber.
Creator: V Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date 1896?
Format: Photograph

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dedication of Memorial Fountain Unveiling Main Street Southport

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#122 Dedication of Memorial Fountain, Unveiling
At Main Street and Harbor Road, Southport, Connecticut
Photographer: Roderick P Curtis? Commercial photographer? Written on reverse: "unveiling DAR monument in Center." In handwriting of Mrs Wells Curtis is note: "Josephine Bulkley Wells and Alice Beardsley Curtis." In this photo Josephine Wells and Alice Curtis were unveiling the fountain. The building in the background right, with the striped awning, is the front of the Jennings Market building (the PO), 251 Main. The dresses worn by Josephine and Alice were described in the Children's Magazine of 1903. Issue No 5, page 4, Pequot Lib. collection.
Date: 17 June 1903
Format: photograph

Carey's Corner in 1900; currently Switzer's Drug Store

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Carey's Corner
Southport, Connecticut

Description: The term "Carey's Corner" was often used to denote the 5-point intersection of Pequot Ave east and west, Old Post Road, Rose Hill Road and Main Street. More specifically it referred to this building, which was a popular ice cream parlor/restaurant. This building burned down in 1904. The site is now occupied by Switzer's Drug Store. The billboard on the left advertises a movie house in Bridgeport. The house to the left of the Carey's Corner building was the home of William Disbrow, now #338 Pequot Ave. For information about Carey's Corner see the Packet April 1988, Vol 3 #2.

Creator: V. Louise Higgins

Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: circa 1900
Format: Photograph

Pequot Library's 57th Annual Summer Book Sale July 21-25th

"The Best Book Sale in New England"

Friday, July 21 - Tuesday, July 25, 2017
More than 140,000 previously-loved books, media, vinyl, and specials in 55+ categories.

Rare Southport Video from 1928-1930

Courtesy of the Codge Bullard Archive.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tom Tom Club - Downtown Rockers

Sailboat In The Harbor-1890's

Sailboat, Southport Harbor 1890's
Photographer: Clinton B. Hall. Note found with glass plate negative: "Sailboat in the Harbor." The plate has C.B. Hall printed on the bottom edge. 1890's.

Captain William Webb Wakeman House in 1887

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Captain William Webb Wakeman House, 137 Rose Hill Road aka 478 Harbor Road
Southport, Connecticut

Description: Photographer: Roderick P Curtis. On reverse of picture is written: "Residence of Mrs W W Wakeman, Southport, Conn. Sept '87." This house was built c 1837 for Captain William Webb Wakeman.
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: Sept 1887
Format: Photograph

Old aerial photo of the Athena Diner

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Rare old aerial photo of the Southport landmark The Athena Diner on the Post Road.
Photographer and date unknown. Thanks to Michael Herley of Southport for sharing  this image.

Lines West at Horseshoe Cafe July 24th

Tonight (7/24) - join us for some music fun! Lines West takes the 8:30PM Feature Spot followed by Acoustic Open-Mic! New Performers always welcome! See you there!

Horseshoe Cafe - Pequot Avenue - Southport 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Take an exclusive self-guided tour of Southport Village - FREE!

FREE APP! Download the exclusive Southport, Connecticut historic self-guided walking tour app, narrated by the late Southport resident Jason Robards. Produced by The Southport Conservancy in Southport, as a community service to promote and preserve the history of Southport, Connecticut. Download here from the App Store: