Friday Flashback #23

Alert “06880” reader Dana Pronti emailed this photo. It’s a 1930s view — looking east on Newtown Turnpike — at what is now the Country Store on Wilton Road. The photo was taken from where the Three Bears restaurant once stood.


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That’s now the site of Chabad Lubavitch.

Here’s today’s view, from the same spot:

(Photo courtesy of Google Earth)

Has it changed much? You be the judge.

15 responses to “Friday Flashback #23

  1. Once stood???
    Did they tear down the building in the past few weeks?
    I thought it became a Jewish Temple.

  2. Michael Calise

    Not quite the same spot which accounts for the appearance of a highway like intersection which does not exist

    • I don’t quite understand your comment . This is the intersection of wilton rd. and Newtown Turnpike . Same sign pole is still there today . Right now awaiting new sign to be put in.

  3. More trees, of course. Every time I come back to Westport I’m surprised at how many more trees there are. Haven’t been there in a couple of years – must be a forest now. Minor point: the view is looking North, not East. And where are all the parked cars for the Country Store?

  4. John F. (J-period) Wandres

    I remember the Three Bears. I also recall the decision Wilton made (In the 1950s???) to permit to commercial development on Route 7 . . .and Weston chose to remain rural. Weston permitted only the Weston shopping center at Norfield corners. I worked at Peter’s Weston market — it was my first paid/hourly job– and it included free lunch. Whoo-woo! Look at the traffic on Route 7 in Wilton now, compared to the “traffic?” in Weston. O Well?

  5. Different from Christie’s Country Store.

  6. I have watched as local businesses have closed all around The Country Store . The Three Bears became Tiburon then Chabad Lubavitch which is now under construction and is sure to stunning when it is done. The beautiful Cobb Mill Inn is now closed and of course The Red Barn restaurant. The Country Store shall remain because there is a sense of community . The meet up place of area children who grow up and become area parents . And the cycle continues . It’s a safe , inviting , inclusive place where many can say they had their first job . Food , friends , neighbors keep the The Country Store an important landmark in these ever changing times .

  7. Sharon Paulsen

    Looks very similar, overall, between the “then-ish and now-ish”, except for the trees of course, and obvious facade improvements. I haven’t been there in years, but when I did run in for a sandwich on occasion, it pretty much looked like the “now” version.

    I believe part of the back-building was once a rental apartment – 1990’s-ish?

    Was sad when I learned of Three Bears shutting down. It was a place of special memories and good food and Westport charm.

  8. I seem to remember the country store having a fire some years back, and them rebuilding it almost exactly as it had been. My mother and I used to stop here once in a while if we were going to Norwalk.

    I didn’t realize the 3 bears building was gone, but I guess it shows how often (or not) I take this road. We have a post card framed from them in our dining room; my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary in 1990 was held there. Great service and was a really nice time.

  9. Both photos were taken from approximately the same spot however modern cameras tend to have a wide angle lens as a default focal length, therefore distorting the foreground. Newtown Turnpike, like many roads of that period were these narrow winding trails that led through farm land.

  10. Interesting, a dead elm tree in the forefront. That’s about when they were all dying.

  11. The mountain pine beetle has destroyed millions of acres, so cold winters are actually a good occurrence in many places. Is the same true with elm disease?

  12. Wendy Crowther

    I love the look of the stop sign. There’s so much tall grass in front of it that, at today’s high speeds and with distracted attention spans, our modern drivers would blow right through it.

  13. Dorrie Barlow Thomas

    If I’ve got all my locations right in my memory, there most definitely was an apartment above the store. When I was at Coleytown El in the 70’s, one of my friends (Debbie someone? from Mrs. Bailey’s 2nd grade or Miss Schreiber’s 3rd grade?) lived up there.