Photo Challenge #182

Last week’s photo challenge was perfect.

Ken Palumbo’s image showed a quirky bit of Westport. Everyone has passed by it. Almost no one notices it. It’s literally hidden in plain sight.

The photo drew a few quick guesses — close and plausible. But wrong.

Then Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Joelle Harris Malec, Tammy Barry and Kiri Woods all checked in with the right answer.

The shot showed a weird little figure hunched behind the large marble globe at the entrance to Longshore.

You can’t see it from South Compo Road.

Yet it’s visible to every golfer, jogger or walker, though. There’s one on the other side of the entrance too.

How many of us have ever looked?

Here’s a larger — and uncropped — photo:

The view from the Longshore entrance road, looking toward South Compo. (Photo/Ken Palumbo)

The little figures — they’re actually “foo dogs” (aka “Chinese guardian lions” are  true wonders of Westport. If you know the story “behind” them, click “Comments” below.

Click “Comments” too if you know where in Westport you’d see this week’s photo challenge. HINT: This is also a place many of us pass by regularly. Do you recognize it here?

(Photo/Marguerite Webb)

8 responses to “Photo Challenge #182

  1. Adams academy!

  2. I think it is the front of the school house on Morningside North, commonly called Adam’s Academy. It also served as the West Long Lots School.

    • Jacques Voris

      As an aside, in 1650 passed a law that required any parish of 50 families or more to retain a schoolteacher, provide space for instruction, and required children to attend school. If 100 families or more they were also to provide a “grammar school” for more advanced instruction. This was because of the belief that the ability to read the scriptures for yourself was the best way to ward of the devil.

    • Jacques Voris

      As an aside, in 1650 passed a law that required any parish of 50 families or more to retain a schoolteacher, provide space for instruction, and required children to attend school. If 100 families or more they were also to provide a “grammar school” for more advanced instruction. This was because of the belief that the ability to read the scriptures for yourself was the best way to ward of the devil.

  3. Looks like Nashs’ Farm House , 181 Post Rd W.

  4. Madison and Jacques, you’re right: It is Adams Academy, the long-ago school that still stands on North Morningside. And, as usual, Jacques provides plenty of back story!

  5. Jacques Voris

    Well, my great-great grandfather and his brothers attend school there when it was Adam’s Academy. My grandfather and his siblings went there when it was West Long Lots school.

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