UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Flashback: Southport in Nineteen Ninety Two

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Flashback: Southport in Nineteen Ninety Two

October 11, 1992
If You're Thinking of Living in: Southport
By ROSALIE R. RADOMSKY
     WITH the Victorian and Greek Revival homes of Harbor Road, a legacy of seafaring men, behind them and views of Southport Harbor in front of them, picknickers and artists gather on balmy fall weekends at Perry's Green in Southport. Like many other activities in this tiny unincorporated village in the southwest corner of the Town of Fairfield, Conn., the gatherings are linked to the water.
One of the best-known local figures is Howard Burr, 92 years old, who smokes a corn-cob pipe and has been looking after Ye Yacht Yard for 65 years. His birthdays are celebrated at the municipal dock.
"Southport is not a made thing," said V. Louise Higgins, the village historian. "It's not a Disneyland, it's not a museum. You don't have to invent it. This is where people live."
In 1661, the area was a marshy part of Fairfield -- Sasqua Fields -- that settlers from elsewhere in New England bought from the Paugussett Indians. Within a year, farmers were tilling the soil and grazing their sheep and cattle and Perry's Mill was grinding oats, rye and corn along Mill River. Around 1760 the growing village was renamed Mill River and three years later a shipyard was built.
     The hamlet was torched by the British on July 8, 1779, but by 1825 sloops and schooners from the rebuilt community were carrying meat and produce as far south as the Carribean. In 1831 the bustling area officially became the Borough of Southport. By the middle of the century it had earned a reputation as the onion capital of America. READ MORE FROM THIS ARTICLE: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CEFDD113BF932A25753C1A964958260&pagewanted=print

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