Month: June 2017

News

Summer Passport

The Westport Summer Passport 2017 is an adventure that will take you to six of the most beautiful and interesting local spots. It is a free self-guided family-friendly activity that runs through July and August. All walks are less than 1.5 miles and cover flat ground or short moderate or steep inclines. You will visit:

  • Brookside Conservation Area, 1013 American Legion Highway (north Westport)
  • Forge Pond Conservation Area, 214 Forge Rd. (north Westport)
  • Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Rd. (central Westport)
  • Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station, 214 East Beach Rd. (south Westport)
  • Mill Pond Conservation Area, 62 Reed Rd. (Head of Westport)
  • Noquochoke Conservation Area, 421 Pine Hill Rd. (central Westport)

Westport Summer Passport is a partnership of the Westport Historical Society, The Westport Land Conservation Trust, the Westport Fishermen’s Association, and the Westport Education Foundation.

To download the passport go to http://westportlandtrust.org/westport_summer_passport/

Events

Gooseberry: The Mystery, The Military, The Magic

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In this illustrated talk, Westport writer/photographer Greg Stone explores the history of Gooseberry Island from its earliest formation to the present, answering such questions as to how many and why the towers were built, when the still controversial causeway came into existence, and what sort of special sights – animal, vegetable, mineral – you might see there. Greg has wandered – and wondered – about the island and its inhabitants since he first visited it half a century ago. He is the author of Gooseberry Journal, a blog about the island, and is the administrator for a popular Gooseberry Page and Facebook Group called Westport’s Gooseberry Island.

Members of the audience are encouraged to bring and share their own memories, photos and souvenirs of this special place.

Co-sponsored by Westport Historical Society & Westport Fishermen’s Association. Suggested donation $5

Events, News

Notorious Shipwrecks off Westport!

New Exhibit. 

Visit Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station this summer to view our latest exhibit: Notorious Shipwrecks off Westport!  The opening reception is on Saturday, June 24th at 2 pm.

Exhibit hours are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm from June 24th through Sept. 3rd. Free admission. Donations are always welcome. The exhibit is supported by in part by the Chip Gillespie Memorial Fund and by a grant from the Westport Cultural Council.

The entrance to Buzzards Bay is littered with shipwrecks, though it is impossible be certain of how many ships have been lost in this area of shoals and reefs, dense fog, and strong tides. Locally, most vessels went aground on Hen and Chickens Reef at the southern end of Gooseberry Island. Although nowadays there are fewer wrecks due to improvements in navigation, these waters still hold many stories.

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Artifacts and the stories about the fate of three large ships, all over 300 feet long, that went aground nearby – the USS Yankee (1908) pictured above, the HMCS St. Francis (1945) and the Angela (1971) – are on display.