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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Today is Giving Tuesday! Please Support the Preservation of Our Family Heritage

Today is Giving Tuesday! We ask you to please support the mission and work of the Historic Mead Family Burying Grounds Association

Your donations go to the maintenance and preservation of three small Mead family burial sites located in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut. 


These sites were at one time overgrown and neglected, their history under-reported and known by present-day family descendants and the public alike. Not any more!

Our current needs include continued grass-cutting maintenance and $1000 worth of tree work at the family cemetery off Relay Place overlooking the Cos Cob Mill Pond. 

Please make your check out to Historic Mead Family Burying Grounds and send it to

Historic Mead Family Burying Grounds Association
c/o Christopher Semmes Photography
22 Pilgrim Drive
Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

Thank you for your support! 

Historically yours,

Jeffrey Bingham Mead

DEMOLITION ALERT: Hobby Horse Farm, 56 Clapboard Ridge Road, Greenwich, Connecticut

If you are a friend of preserving history and historic buildings in Greenwich, Connecticut, your voice is needed. Now.

I was informed this morning that a demolition permit has been filed to tear down one of Greenwich, Connecticut's most historic properties. 

Hobby Horse Farm is located at 56 Clapboard Ridge Road. The property was recently sold to Meadowlark Manor LLC with its location on Greenwich Avenue. 

The Greenwich Historical Society received news of the demolition request last Wednesday -the day before Thanksgiving.

While the house is long associated with the Reynolds family, the house has its ties to ours. Quoting this Greenwich Time article:

A farmer, Benjamin was born in 1800, the fifth and youngest son of Ambrose and Mary (Knapp) Reynolds. He married Lucinda Mead in 1842 and lived until the advanced age of 99. Early settlers, the Mead, Knapp and Reynolds families were among the 27 proprietors of Greenwich in 1672.

An online petition has been posted. Go to this link to sign the petition and offer comment. 

The Greenwich Preservation Network is meeting on December 8 to discuss this matter. 

Please stay tuned.