Photo Challenge #206

Pay phones are going the way of CBs and 8-track tapes.

But if you need one, there are still a few places in Westport to go.

One is the library. Another is Sherwood Diner.

A third — and the one pictured in last week’s Photo Challenge — is McDonald’s. (Click here to see.)

I don’t know if it was the same phone that was there in the restaurant’s original incarnation: Big Top.

But I do know this: The burgers sure have gone downhill since then.

Congratulations to Bill Boyd — a Staples High School Class of 1966 grad, who must remember the Big Top — for being the first with the correct answer.

He was followed by Jonathan McClure, who was not ashamed to admit he knew the answer because he occasionally eats at McDonald’s.

This week’s Photo Challenge is below. If you know where in Westport you’d find it, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)


29 responses to “Photo Challenge #206

  1. Is this off of Myrtle?

    • Michael Calise

      That looks like the divided part of Evergreen Parkway in the background.
      Too far away for the cemetery on Evergreen Avenue to be in the foreground?

  2. Willowbrook cemetery

  3. “Bedford’s Folly” was it’s nickname. Part of the original Bedford Gardens on Beachside avenue

  4. across the road from 76 Beachside

    • John D. Henderson II

      Susan Lloyd is correct. I lived in the house at 75 Beachside Avenue from 1944 until 1964. The stones in the photo were part of a folly which was to the right of the driveway on the way to the house. The house, which was built over several years in the 19teens, was built to house a number of employees of the Bedford family. The property, of about 7 1/2 acres, was the site of the Bedford Gardens which was open to the public for a number of years in the 1920s and 1930s. When my parents bought the property in 1944, the house and property had been dormant for a number of years. The rock garden, flower beds and lawn areas were overgrown by 1944.

      Mrs. Grace Lloyd, a Bedford, was a wonderful woman who lived across the street on Beachside Avenue. A few houses down from her was another Bedford, Lucie, who was married to Briggs Cunningham, a well known racing car owner and competitive sailor. One of Mrs. Lloyd’s sons, Bill, drove for and with Briggs in many auto races, including Le Mans.

      Soon after the Henderson family sold the property back to the Bedford family in 1965, the property was once again abandoned. Eventually, the property was subdivided into three building lots

    • John D. Henderson II

      Enjoyed reading your answer to the “mystery” stones in Greens Farms. You are part of a wonderful family which I had the privilege to know in my formative years. Mrs. Lloyd (your grandmother?) paid my tuition at both Choate and Yale.

  5. Dennis Stahursky

    Assumption Cemetary

  6. Dennis Stahursky

    Assumption Cemetery

  7. Arline Gertzoff

    The 99cent ribs at BigTopShoppe were the best in those days except for the neighbors

  8. Dan:

    Funny you should touch on this topic now. Last week my cell phone was inoperable (long story – needed a new SIM card) and I was on the way to Stamford to meet someone but was running late and unsure of the location (since Waze wasn’t working). So I stopped at the Stamford service area on I95 and what did I find? Well what I didn’t find was a goddamned pay phone! Frustrating to say the least.


    Chris Burdett

  9. Clark Thiemann

    Assumption Cemetary on Greens Farms rd

  10. Old Bedford folly on Beachside – always intrigued the heck out of me.

  11. Near split of Corey town and Lyons plains road?

  12. Michael Brennecke

    Willowbrook cemetery?

  13. Looks like Willowbrook Cemetery.

  14. Bob Weingarten

    I’don’t want to give away this location but I have seen it for years and have always wondered whether it was one of the original bankside farms houses. This may give the location away but I need to know if any of our amateur historians, or more professional, have any clues.

    I also see that two people have stated that this may be “Bedford’s Folly” and have no idea what that is.

    So please answer either question if possible.

    • Just google the term ” garden folly” – and maybe “rusticated grotto” too. High end garden design is about theater. This isn’t what you think it is. And that was the aim of its designer

    • The main house was across the road . It was torn down in the 1920’s . A garden folly is an useless structure in a garden. Bedford Gardens was open for walking on Sunday afternoons . There was als a fake canal with a small bridge.

      • The folly, in this case, served as an important garden design element intended to lend a sense of mystery and romance by imitating an old ruined structure. Trickery is an age old tool in large scale landscape garden design.

  15. Mary Ann Batsell

    The old Bedford gardens on Beachside

  16. Mary Ann Batsell

    If it is the Bedford Gardens my dad helped
    The former owners, back in the 80’s I
    Believe, uncover those gardens. He
    Remembered them from his childhood on
    they were open to the public!

  17. Bob Weingarten

    Interesting comments and I appreciate all. I would be interested if anyone, and I mean anyone, had a photo? Or a date so that I could look at various newspaper article for any information.

    If this was the Bedford Garden folly then this is still significant to Westport.

  18. i have Diascope photos of the house and gardens

  19. Architect, Montrose W. Morris
    Landscape Architects, Wadley & Smythe
    I’m done

  20. Longshore? Is that a bunker in the distance? (A long shot, I know! LOL)