RIP Old Mill Cottages

This morning’s photos of the new vista near Old Mill Beach — after the demolition of 2 cottages, but before the town turns the land into a small park — brought back memories for Betsy P. Kahn.

She scurried to her files, to find a couple of photos she’d taken before the homes were taken down. With their tiny size, unique charm and fantastic location, they were favorites of photographers, artists and strollers for many years.

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Fred Cantor was down at Old Mill today too. His eye was caught by the flowers and plants shared so generously with beach-goers, by a very thoughtful homeowner.

Old Mill - Fred Cantor

(Photo/Fred Cantor)

Fred also saw this guy, “working from home.”

(Photo/Fred Cantor)

(Photo/Fred Cantor)

7 responses to “RIP Old Mill Cottages

  1. Susan Hopkins

    A huge thank you to Betsy and Fred for the resplendent visual feast.

  2. Glorious photos, as always.
    The fellow with the (heavy, judging by the sand track) cooler must still be there! Is that really you, Fred?

    • I took the photo (and, no, it is not a self portrait).

      • Perhaps he’s watching the World Cup? That may explain his cooler (?)
        If he is a betting man (who else can spend a weekday at the beach, in the lap of luxury of Old Mill?) he should probably put his money on Japan. Then again, what does that towel say? It doesn’t mesh with the flag in the background. Hmm.
        Thanks Fred, and to Betsy, too, for waking up imaginations!

  3. don l bergmann

    I believe our Town park lands personnel and the Office of the First Selectmen plan to make this newly vacant area appealing, with only a simple and nice land area. No fences are needed and I suggest the “flashing light” device be obscured somewhat behind some greenery. I also will urge when the two bridges across the pond need repair, that only natural materials be used for repairs or replacement. Don Bergmann

  4. Paula Roveda

    Wendy Pratt and I had a cleaning business one summer cleaning a couple of those cottages. And, we rode our bikes there with our cleaning supplies!

  5. Jeff Giannone

    Ripping the heart and soul out of Westport one bad decision at a time. These old funky structures are what make communities unique. When we all wax poetic we remember these great old buildings. When they tore down Allen’s the destruction of Mill Pond started, next they will tear down the Northrup cottage in the middle of the pond. Then the pond will have no soul and no connection to it’s history. Why the Town didn’t fix them up and rent to Town employees escapes my logic. Kind of like the cabins at Longshore…very sad