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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Patriotic Society: Meets in Colonial Home (1911)

Source: Greenwich Graphic. Friday, October 6, 1911. Page 1.

Daughters of American Revolution Have Bridge Party in Old Mead Homestead on Putnam Ave To Raise Money.

The stately old colonial house on Putnam avenue, thought by some people to be the most attractive house in Greenwich, opened its hospitable doors for patriotic charity on Monday. And it is not the first time in the one hundred years and more, that it has stood there that society has met within its portals. 

'Dearfields' illustration from Other Days in Greenwich, by Judge Frederick Hubbard.

The quaint old knocker on the door, which came from Holland, when the house was built, on which is inscribed the name Richard Mead and the date 1797, the little brass door knob that came also from Holland, and which is as aged as the knocker, have responded many, many times to the hands that have asked admission to a welcome to the famous old house. 

These reminders and associates of colonial days could tell many a tale of the passing in and out over that threshold of sad and serious faces, as well as of gay and happy ones, in one hundred and fifteen years. 

It was a fitting place indeed for the patriotic Daughters of the American Revolution to meet. 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Webb, Mrs. Webb being a great granddaughter of Richard Mead, gave the house over to the society for a bridge party to help raise a fund of which Putnam Cottage, the home of the Daughters, is in need. 

It was one of a number of meetings to be held this winter in various homes for the same purpose. 

About eighty ladies accepted the hospitality of the house. They were charmed by its beauty as they wandered about the spacious rooms, admired the old colonial furnishings, and looked with awe at the flint-lock muskets and swords of the Revolutionary war, with other relics of a by gone time.

The dining room, where the refreshments were served, was attractive indeed, and patriotic as well -it was really beautiful in all that appeals to the eye and a refined taste. Everything was in harmony with the old building, the old fashioned chairs and mahogany furniture of years ago adding their effectiveness.

Delicate and extremely appropriate was the color scheme of the room-red, white and blue. Brilliant red dahlias profusely were scattered about it, and in vases on the tables over the snow white linen, the blue of the walls completing the delicate effect.

“How beautiful! How charming! How exquisite!” were the general comments among the ladies.

It was something unusual, far out of the ordinary, really new, the setting of it all, to be long remembered.

Miss Mead, the regent of the Putnam Hill Chapter, and Mrs. Robert Wilcox did the honors of the table -“poured,” as it is called. 

There were seventeen card tables, four to a table. There were seventeen prizes.

Among those who graced the house with their presence were:

Mrs. Henry Webb, Mrs. Augustus Knapp, Mrs. C. T. Pierce, The Misses. Schneck (Rye), Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Norman McCutcheon, Mrs. Morton, Mrs. Herring, Miss Allen, Mrs. Duane Cooper, Mrs. S.W.C. Jones, Miss Louisa Mead, Miss Susan Mead, Miss Emily Mead, Miss Sarah T. Mead, Mrs. S. Christy Mead, Mrs. R. J. Walsh, Mrs. Weir, Mrs. E. H. Abrams, Mrs. Hitchcock, Mrs. Bray, Mrs. N. Webb, Mrs. St. Clair Hitchcock, Mrs. W. T. Ritch, Mrs. Seaman M. Mead, Mrs. Robert Wilcox, Mrs. James F. Walsh, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. S. E. Minor, Mrs. Rungee, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. N. T. Reynolds, Mrs. H. H. Adams, Miss Kent, Miss Kent (Charlestown), Mrs. Whitson, Mrs. Nott, Mrs. F. G. C. Smith, Mrs. W. A. Stevens, Miss Raymond, Mrs. E. C. Ray.

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