Greenwich Founders Day 2019 To Be Celebrated on July 18

All are invited to celebrate the founding of Greenwich with a reading of the original July 18, 1640 deed and announcement of the winners of the ‘This Place Matters!’ Photo Contest.

The event will take place on Thursday at Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point on Thursday, July 18 at 10:00 am  (Attendees should arrive between 9:00am – 9:45am to register.)

Susie Baker shared the history of the cellar at Feake-Ferris House. Baker said two steel beams were added to support the new use of the house above. She said one wooden beam dated back to 1645 which was discovered through a process known as Dendrochronology. July 18, 2018 Photo: Leslie Yager

Following the program, guests will be able to tour the Feake-Ferris House, the oldest house in Greenwich and one of the oldest in America, via shuttles and tours organized by the Greenwich Point Conservancy.

The entire event is free of charge but reservations are required.

10 – 10:45 am

  • Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei to make opening remarks
  • CT State Representative Livvy Floren to read the 1640 deed establishing Greenwich
  • Historical Society Executive Director and CEO Debra Mecky to announce Winners of This Place Matters! photo competition
  • Greenwich Point Conservancy President Christopher Franco to discuss Feake-Ferris restoration

11:00am-1:00 pm.: Shuttles from Innis Arden Cottage to the Feake-Ferris House for tours. Tour capacity is 15. Tours will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be continuous until 1:00pm.

Reception is open to the public and is free. Space is limited. Reservations are required and will be accepted on a first-come-first served basis. To register, click here.

When it was constructed, the Feake House was on the southern most point of land. What today is Greenwich Point Park was in 1640 a series of islands. Today those islands are connected by causeways. The Feake house, dating to 1645, was a “one-over-one” house, and its original cellar, post and beam frame and roof rafters are still in place on the left side of the house, which sits on its original site. July 18, 2018

Feake-Ferris House, June 1, 2016 Photo: Leslie Yager

BEFORE: Feake House, June 1, 2016 Photo: Leslie Yager

BEFORE: Feake-Ferris House, June 1, 2016 Photo: Leslie Yager

BEFORE: Feake House, June 1, 2016 Photo: Leslie Yager

About the Feake-Ferris House and the Greenwich Point Conservancy

About the This Place Matters Photo Contest (submission deadline July 1) and the Greenwich Historical Society