Saugatuck, then & now: See how it's changed today
A series of walks through the town's Saugatuck neighborhood will be led by the Westport Historical Society this spring.
The Saugatuck Walking Tours are planned today (Saturday, April 18), as well as May 16 and June 6, from 4 to 5 p.m.
The walk will begin at the train station, New York-bound side, where rail service was launched in 1848. Railroad construction brought an influx of jobs, filled mostly by Irish and Italian laborers, and the community eventually was called Little Italy, according to publicity for the walks from the historical society.
In 1958, a swath of buildings bisecting Saugatuck was demolished to make way for the Connecticut Turnpike, now known as Interstate 95.
Points of interest along the tour route include the Saugatuck Grain & Supply Company (1929), Luciano Park, the Westport Bank & Trust branch office, the Hedenbury Tin Shop, the Banyan Coffin Tack Factory, the first Saugatuck firehouse, the mattress factory, the William F. Cribari Bridge (the oldest movable span in Connecticut), and the Saugatuck Manufacturing Company, which made buttons from Brazilian ivory nuts.
There also will be stories from people who grew up in Saugatuck, the historical society said.
There is a $10 fee, $8 for historical society members; $5 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are recommended; call 203-222-1424.