The Communities of Greenwich Program Finale

Event Type: Genealogy & Local History
Date: 11/2/2013
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
 Greenwich Library and Greenwich Historical Society will wrap up their informative, five-session local history series with a presentation by Director of Planning and Zoning Diane Fox on Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. Fox will discuss the role of her department in the development of Greenwich and how the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development guides land use planning.

Director Fox received a B.A. from Clark University and a Masters Degree in International Relations and Economics from the University of Chicago. She worked in Washington D.C. for the Appalachian Regional Commission and for the City of Chicago in the Planning and Development Department. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association, and was Chairman of MetroPool. Director Fox has led the Planning and Zoning Department since 1995. She and her husband live in Riverside.

Greenwich was composed of several separate communities which united 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. Previous talks covered Horseneck, Cos Cob, Byram and Old Greenwich.

Residents who have a unique perspective and first-hand knowledge of the history of Greenwich are encouraged to contact the Local History office at (203) 622-7948 to share their information. This program is open to all at no charge.


Architect Patricia Baiardi Kantorski presented the Byram program on Saturday, May 4. Kantorski is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Greenwich Preservation Trust. She used her architectural background to describe Byram’s evolution.

Historian Davidde Strackbein discussed the Horseneck neighborhood on Saturday, July 13.
Strackbein is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Historical Society. She explained how Horseneck changed primarily from an agricultural community to the central business section of town.

Lou Caravella, the unofficial “Mayor of Cos Cob” presented the history of Cos Cob on Saturday, September 21. He is a first generation Italian whose parents came to Greenwich in 1913. He graduated from Greenwich High School, and then served in the US Air Force during the Second World War. Lou owned the Cos Cob Variety Store from 1953 to 1988.

Author and historian Missy Wolfe presented the history of Old Greenwich and her recent book Insubordinate Spirit on Saturday, October 19. She discussed the hardships faced by early settlers in early 1600s.

This program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors.
Library: Greenwich Library
Location: Meeting Room
Contact: Carl White
Contact Number: (203) 622-7948
Presenter: Greenwich Library & Greenwich Historical Society