Way Back When... 1986
Published 12:00 am, Saturday, November 18, 2017
In 1986, the Westport Historical Society began its annual Holiday House Tour. Dec. 10 will mark the event’s 31st year. To honor this 31st year of the Holiday House Tour, seven historic houses in Westport will be on view with festive seasonal décor. Five of the homes are Designated Historic Landmarks.
“Each home was carefully selected for its architectural merit and interesting stories,” said Terri Keppel, event co-chairwoman.
Highlights include a circa-1800 barn that was adaptively repurposed into a charming residence, the Eliphalet Sturges/George Hand Wright house, which was originally built in 1764 as a simple two-room farm house and extensively remodeled in the colonial revival style by the dean of Westport artists, George Hand Wright, in 1910; “Duck Haven,” a house and cottage on the Saugatuck River adjacent to the historic low-tide crossing point; the David Judah House, circa 1760, which has gone through a meticulous restoration by its owner, who preserved every nail, piece of timber and window; a circa 1840 Italianate house whose owners uncovered an original back staircase hidden by 20th century renovations; Westport’s first one-room schoolhouse west of the Saugatuck River, which includes a large collection of signed prints by abstract artist Frank Stella; a reproduction saltbox circa 1966 designed and built by well-known architect George White, which won a Historic Preservation Award this year.
Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers in advance; Tickets are $70 on the day of the tour. Order tickets in advance at westporthistory.org. Tickets may be picked up starting on Dec. 1 at WHS.