Historical Society and Greenwich Point Conservancy to Celebrate Town’s Oldest House

Greenwich Historical Society and Greenwich Point Conservancy announced that the newly restored Feake-Ferris House (c1645-1689) will be the site of the free July 18 Founder’s Day reception to announce the winners of the Historical Society’s “This Place Matters!” photo contest. Attendees at the reception will be among the first to tour the lovingly restored home, the earliest part of which was erected in 1645 by Greenwich founders Elizabeth and Robert Feake.

“We’re thrilled to showcase the newly restored Feake-Ferris House at the Historical Society’s This Place Matters! reception,” said Chris Franco, president, Greenwich Point Conservancy Board of Directors.

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“The multi-year restoration project at Greenwich’s oldest house – one of the oldest in America – has rediscovered the spectacular original home of Elizabeth Winthrop Feake, namesake of ‘Elizabeth’s Neck,’ as Greenwich Point was known for more than 200 years.

The work has been made possible by generous contributions from town residents concerned about preserving our unique heritage. The Founder’s Day reception to showcase love of town is a natural tie in to the Greenwich Point Conservancy’s mission.”

According to Greenwich Historical Society Executive Director & CEO Debra Mecky, the Feake-Ferris House is an ideal venue for the reception.

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

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

“At a time when so many of our historic structures are being replaced, it’s a privilege to showcase a home that is indelibly tied to our history. Feake-Ferris House is a treasured Greenwich landmark that matters a great deal to our town’s heritage and character,” Mecky said.

This Place Matters! Photo Contest Participants Eligible to Attend Reception and Tour the Feake-Ferris House

The first 50 individuals to submit photos for the “This Place Matters!” photo competition will be invited to join the July 18 Founder’s Day reception at the Feake-Ferris House, and will receive priority registration for the event through June 25.

Greenwich Town officials, guests of the Greenwich Point Conservancy, the Historical Society, and Greenwich Magazine will also be invited along with local press. Remaining seats will be opened to the public after June 25.

This Place Matters! photo contest is open to Greenwich residents of all ages. The top three entries that are 300 dpi, as selected by a panel of independent judges, will be published in Greenwich Magazine, Exclusive Magazine Sponsor of This Place Matters, and displayed at the Greenwich Historical Society’s newly reimagined campus when it reopens this fall.

Participation is easy: Snap a photo of a favorite place in Greenwich and submit it with a brief statement about its location and why it makes Greenwich special, by July 6 to the Historical Society at [email protected] or via social media. For the latter, photographers should use the hashtag #thisplacemattersgreenwich and tag the Greenwich Historical Society: Instagram greenwichhistory; Twitter @GrnHistCT; Facebook @GreenwichHistoricalSociety. Photos need to be 300 dpi to be published in Greenwich Magazine. Full contest details are at greenwichhistory.org.

The free reception at the Feake-Ferris House is July 18 at 10 am. A shuttle will be available to transport guests from the Greenwich Point parking area to the Feake-Ferris House.