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Friday, June 30, 2017

100 Years Ago: The Glorious Fourth, Greenwich Graphic (Editorial), Tuesday, July 3, 1917

The Glorious Fourth
Greenwich Graphic (Editorial) 
Tuesday, July 3, 1917

Tomorrow is the Glorious Fourth; a holiday strictly and purely American, set apart to commemorate the birth of National freedom and the right of a free people to govern themselves. Tomorrow the American nation will observe the day with a more solemn and profound conception of its real meaning, and a deeper realization of the value of the blessing of freedom, than it has felt since the old Liberty Bell on Independence Hall pealed forth its message one hundred and forty-one years ago. 

For today the national birthright is in danger; our heritage of freedom is threatened; the structure reared by the struggles and sacrifices and sufferings of our forefathers is menaced by foreign vandals bent on world conquest and world enslavement, and the country is in arms to save the priceless heritage for all that Independence Day stands for.

With thousands of our bravest are already on the field of battle, and thousands more are ready and awaiting the call, and other countless thousands in reserves and sure to be called, it is inevitable that the nation must enter upon the observance of the holiday in a more reflective attitude of mind and a deeper sense of appreciation of the real meaning of the day than ever before.

It should indeed bring a new baptism of patriotism, a new consecration to the duties of citizenship, a new pride in the privilege of boasting that we are Americans, and a new resolve to not only deserve its blessings but defend to the uttermost "the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Zophar Mead House (1792)

The image above -dated December, 2015- is a screenshot of the Zophar Mead House located in Belle Haven. It was built in 1792. 

A search on the Library of Congress web site revealed the black-and-white images posted below. All date from 1962 when Samuel H. Pryor (1875-1971) owned the house. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cemetery Care Update: North Greenwich and Cos Cob Mill Pond

We can report that the cemeteries in North Greenwich and off Cos Cob's Mill Pond have been cared for. 

Not only has the grass been cut in the cemeteries but also the access ways leading to and from them. 

Online: Roger Selchow Map of North Greenwich

The hand drawn maps of Greenwich by Roger Selchow are nearly legendary. Print copies have graced the homes of Greenwich residents and expats since they were made available in the 20th century. 

If you do not have one this news may bring a smile. An online version of Selchow's map of North Greenwich is freely available for you online. Go to this link. Visitors have the ability to enlarge portions of the image. Enjoy! 

Picture: Jared Mead House/Silleck House on Steamboat Road

We came across this 20th century photo image of what was known as the Jared Mead House, or Silleck House -or most recently, the Sundial Apartments. 

The building is located on the west side of Steamboat Road next door to the Indian Harbor Yacht Club. 

It was sold this past December. The site is expected to be redeveloped into apartments or condominiums. We have not heard of a scheduled date for demolition. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Travel & Leisure Magazine Highlights Homestead Inn/ Augustus Mead House (1799)

On this Friday afternoon we've heard that Travel & Leisure Magazine has highlighted the Homestead Inn as a wonderful vacation destination in Greenwich. 

Read the article here. 

We, of course, also know this place at the Augustus Mead House, circa 1799. Enjoy both the article and your weekend. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017