Way Back When... 1835
Published 11:24 pm, Monday, March 27, 2017
The building that is now the Westport Country Playhouse was originally constructed in 1835 as a tannery by R&H Haight, owned by Henry Haight. Charles H. Kemper acquired the tannery from Henry Haight's widow in 1866 and subsequently renamed the business C.H. Kemper Co.
In 1880 Kemper installed steam-powered cider mill.
In 1930, the former tannery, which had been unused since the 1920s, was purchased for $14,000 by Lawrence Langner.