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Melillo: The Merritt & Lyon Families, and a Smidgen of the History of the Greenwich Western Frontier

“In the later part of last year, the author, who is a member of the board of the Greenwich Preservation Trust, as well as the Secretary of the masonic lodge, Acacia No. 85, received word from Jeffrey Bingham Mead that there were two portraits in Orrington, Maine that were of Captain Daniel Merritt and his wife Sarah Lyon. The Lord knows how the portraits made it up there, yet besides that interesting story, there was a consensus that these pieces of Greenwich history and art be brought back home.” – Andrew Melillo Continue Reading →

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In Glenville, Recollections from the Longest Serving Greenwich Town Official

Siegrun Pottgen has lived in her Queen Anne Style Victorian at the corner of Glenville Street and Angelus Drive for decades. She is also the longest serving Town official in Greenwich and after decades as a State Marshal, she remains an elected Republican Town Constable. Her memories include the felt mill and remediation of soil around the Byram River and construction of two new Glenville Schools and a time when traffic was steady but not heavy through the Glenville corridor. Continue Reading →

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Greenwich Historical Society Presents an Evening with World Renowned Interior Designer Steven Gambrel

Gambrel will give insights into his unique sensibility with recent projects that are featured in Perspectives, including his nineteenth-century townhouse in New York City’s West Village, a Bridgehampton beach house, a rustic, refined Zurich estate, the luxurious Astor Suite in Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel and a charming sea captain’s house in Sag Harbor. Continue Reading →

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Before there Was Bergstein, there was Barton, Democratic State Senator, 1931-32

Prior to Alex Bergstein’s victory in the race for State Senate 36th District last November, Horace Allen Barton was the last Democrat to hold the office. Barton held the position from 1931-1932 during the Great Depression and most of the issues at the time were economic – even in Greenwich. H Allen Barton, was educated at Harvard Law School and lived for decades in Greenwich where he and wife Elizabeth raised their family. After serving as State Senator, he was appointed as counsel for the Town of Greenwich. After Bergstein defeated incumbent Republican Scott Frantz, Abby Kamen who lives in the updated and expanded house that once belonged to the Bartons, tracked down H Allen Barton’s son David Knox Barton. Continue Reading →

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Captain Mark Turner Shares Moving Words at Greenwich’s Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance

“Today we honor and remember how an entire generation recalled the last few moments of peace, the horrors of war, and the faces of fallen friends and warriors. – from Captain Mark Turner’s Keynote Speech on the 77th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Continue Reading →

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