I thought I knew my “06880” readers.
But you know Westport better than I know you.
Five minutes after I posted last week’s photo challenge — one I thought was particularly tough — Andrew Colabella emailed with the correct answer.
David Sampson, Matt Murray, Morley Boyd, Rob Hauck and Arline Gertzoff soon followed.
Then came Michael Calise, Mary Cookman Schmerker, Seth Goltzer, Amelie Babkie and Jaimie Dockray.
All knew that Susan Iseman’s shot showed the flower boxes outside the “Mill Building” on Richmondville Avenue. (Click here to see the photo.)
Built in 1814, the Richmondville Manufacturing Company was run by 4 generations of the Lees family. (That’s why it’s Lees Pond, Dam and Lane, not Lee’s.)
They manufactured tinsel ribbon cords, fringes, ribbons, boucle, seine and cotton twines, candlewick and cords. It was powered by a millrace diversion of the Saugatuck River.
Today the handsome brick building — similar to those in many New England towns — has been repurposed as offices.
Richmondville — off Main Street, just around the corner from the (sigh) former Crossroads Ace Hardware — may be a little out of sight.
Clearly though, it’s not out of Westporters’ minds.
This week’s photo challenge shows one of my favorite hidden gems of Westport. If you know where it is, click “Comments” below.