WESTPORT — There is a mural painted by the late Westport illustrator Robert Lambdin on a wall of the Patagonia outdoor gear store downtown that features Westport’s agrarian society more than a century ago. The painting depicts farmers’ bounty being carted to the Saugatuck River front for transport.
In the background of the painting is an apple orchard that once sat high in the Old Hill section of town and in the foreground is a woman inspecting a bushel of apples, presumably from that orchard. Or perhaps orchards extended beyond Old Hill. In the Compo Beach neighborhood there is a street named Appletree Trail. Something had to prompt that name.