Photo Challenge #169

Last week’s photo challenge hit the sweet spot.

There were several good (but wrong) guesses. Some correct ones. And added historical information/background from a very alert “06880” reader.

Molly Alger’s photo showed — as Morley Boyd and Wendy Cusick knew — the stone pillars in front of the glass office building on Post Road West, opposite Marion Road at the Norwalk border. (Heading toward town, it’s on the right.  Click here for the photo, and all the guesses, on-target and off.)

Wendy explains:

That office park was once a house, I believe. It might have been set off the road. Pillars like these were known as decorative survey markers. In this case they possibly marked an entrance or right of way to the property.

The property was probably a lot larger. It was probably divided up and sold as lots in the 1970s. The office park was built in 1978 or ’79. I remember it being a gleaming new glass building.

Here is this week’s challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see it, please click “Comments” below.

O course, back stories are always welcome!

(Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

22 responses to “Photo Challenge #169

  1. Lswrence Zlatkin

    That’s Burying Hill Beach Hill from the Parking Lot. One of the nicest and quietest spots in Westport at this time of year.

  2. Burying Hill Beach?

  3. Ralph Balducci

    Burying Hill Beach (one of my favorite spots)!

  4. Stephanie Ehrman

    Burring hill beach

  5. Michael Calise

    Burial Hill Beach

  6. Barbara Sherburne '67

    This is a total guess: Burying Hill Beach.

  7. Leslie Petersen

    Sherwood Island near the 9/11 Memorial.

  8. Wendy Cusick

    Burying Hill Beach. Beachside Ave.

  9. David Sampson

    Wakeman Farm?

  10. Definitely Burying Hill Beach. Lifeguard Shack on the right. But the ancient chain link fence is the giveaway.

  11. Jonathan McClure

    Burying Hill Beach

  12. Top of Hill at Burying Hill Beach

  13. Wendy Cusick

    This area has tons of history. (Machamux ‘the beautiful land’ as the Indians called it plaque is at the small park just past where Greens Farms Rd and Beachside Ave split, Bankside Farm which was renamed Greens Farms -John Green, David Frost and Daniel Frost -Frost Point (the frost pillar just down the street) etc etc.
    That’s from all the article Dan has written and typing in the search engine ‘Burying Hill Beach, Westport, CT’
    Now this something I just found that the beach is a burial ground why the name is called Burying Hill.

  14. Wendy Cusick

    “The generations came and went. The first colonial settlers were interred at “Burying Hill” on the Sound until 1725, when a new colonial burying ground was established (and still exists) west of Muddy Brook beside the Country (now Green’s Farms) Road. Little was left of the original cemetery when the Town of Westport took over Burying Hill for a town park and beach in 1893; and no evidence remains today of that spot’s “ancient history”.”
    Found this paragraph at.
    Fascinating read…

  15. Thanks, Wendy. Yes, the photo challenge is Burying Hill Beach. (Michael Calise called it Burial Hill Beach — and I’ve heard it called that too). I think, Wendy, that the story about it being an Indian burial ground has not been verified — though it does make sense.

    It’s one of Westport’s (relatively) hidden gems. If you haven’t been there, you should check it out. But go soon, before it erodes away entirely.

  16. Sherwood Island

  17. The hill at Burying Hill Beach.

  18. Jalna Jaeger

    burying hill beach.

  19. Seth Goltzer

    Looks like Burying Hill Beach!

  20. Mary Jennings

    Burying Hill Beach

  21. Mary Ann Batsell

    It looks like the top of the hill at Burying
    Hill Beach, the lifeguard shack and restroom

  22. When doing research on “Westport…a special place” I spent a great deal of time combing through old newspapers and I recall seeing an article about bones, believed to have been from Indian burials, At burial hill. I do believe there is evidence that there was an Indian burial ground there. Guess I need to go back to reserch mode when I get back from Florida and find the evidence.