The Communities of Greenwich

Event Type: Genealogy and Local History
Date: 10/19/2013
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
 Greenwich Library and Greenwich Historical Society will examine the communities and neighborhoods of Greenwich in a new local history series. At one time, Greenwich was composed of several separate communities which merged for budgetary reasons to form the Town of Greenwich. Each community had its own personality or character based on demographics, industry and agriculture. Once they united, a rich, diverse community emerged. The talks will cover Byram, Glenville, Horseneck, Cos Cob and Old Greenwich through the summer and fall.

On Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. architect Patricia Baiardi Kantorski will present the Byram program in the library meeting room. Kantorski is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Greenwich Preservation Trust. She will use her architectural background to describe Byram’s evolution.

On Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. historian Davidde Strackbein will discuss the Horseneck neighborhood. Strackbein is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Historical Society. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in History from Sarah Lawrence College. She will explain how Horseneck changed primarily from an agricultural community to the central business section of town.

On Saturday, September 21 at 2 p.m. the history of Cos Cob will be presented by Lou Caravella, the unofficial “Mayor of Cos Cob”. Cos Cob was the main maritime port for shipping agricultural products including apples and potatoes to New York, Long Island and Connecticut communities. In the early 20th Century, Cos Cob became the center of an art community.
River Belle
On Saturday, October 19 at 2 p.m. author and historian Missy Wolfe will present the history of Old Greenwich, as well as her recent book Insubordinate Spirit. She will discuss the hardships faced by early settlers in early 1600s.

On Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. town planner Diane Fox will wrap up the series by talking about the role of Planning & Zoning in the development of Greenwich. The Greenwich Plan of Conservation and Development has served as a guide in land use planning.

Library: Greenwich Library
Location: Meeting Room
Contact: Carl White
Contact Number: (203) 622-7948
Presenter: Greenwich Library & Greenwich Historical Society