Red Barn Has Moved!

You, I and the rest of the world may think that the Red Barn — the iconic restaurant opened in 1933, and operated continuously through last year — is located on Wilton Road, nestled up against Merritt Parkway Exit 41.

Think again!

According to a state Department of Transportation poster currently hanging in Town Hall, offering facts, photos and a map of ongoing Merritt “enhancements,” the Red Barn is across the river, one exit away.

Red Barn - map

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See? It’s right there, at northbound exit 42 on Weston Road!

Let’s hope the DOT is a bit more diligent with their actual “enhancement” work.

11 responses to “Red Barn Has Moved!

  1. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    To think that my Mom didn’t have to make dinner! Instead, we’d just walk over from Hitchcock!

  2. Norbie Longman

    Wait–you mean it’s re-emerged as a restaurant in a new space? Or you just mean the map (now moot) was incorrect?

    Norbie Longman

  3. Kathleen Maher

    Wow…just gotta wonder 🙂

    Thanks for the great blogs! K

    Kathleen Maher Executive Director Barnum Museum 820 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 06604 203-331-1104 ext. 100

    *”The Noblest Art is that of Making Others Happy”* P.T. Barnum, 1886

  4. Jerry MacDaid

    That is not the Red Barn you are looking for. You may go about your business. Move along.

  5. Must be a budget issue. The State needs more money to do it right!

  6. John Hartwell

    I just forwarded this to the Commission and his chief PR flack

    John 203-216-1425

  7. Peter Barlow

    This kind of map screw-up may not be unusual. When I was going to Bedford Junior High on the Post Road we were told that our Westport home on North Sylvan Road was actually in Norwalk. It may have been Norwalk that discovered this since they wanted the taxes. However it was found that since our driveway came out on the Westport side of the line that we were Westport residents and I continued thru the whole Westport school system.
    Many years later tho, the driveway rule was rescinded and my father, one of the Westport artists, had to vote in Norwalk and he was bitter about that.

    • Mary (Cookman) Schmerker Staples 1958

      I’m just curious and would love to know if Peter Barlow’s father was Perry Barlow. The Westport Woman’s Club published a cook book to aid the war effort during the second world war. The cook book was illustrated by Connecticut artists and Perry Barlow is credited with one of the illustrations.
      (He may have contributed more than one but the pages are so delicate I am afraid to turn them too many times.) Larry Barlow was in my Staples Graduating class of 1958. Perhaps you are related?

  8. Michael Calise

    Peter I believe I know the home you speak of. Under current state legislation when a property straddles town lines the owners get to pick their school system. Not sure about voting.

  9. Hilarious!