Like many families, the Harrisons* were attracted to Westport for many reasons.
The arts vibe, Wakeman Town Farm, Saugatuck River, marina, restaurants, stores, the combination of historic and new homes, the beauty — all made it seem like “anyone can find a place here,” John Harrison says.
“People felt calm and comfortable in their own skin. It did not feel like anyone was putting on airs. Westport knows what it is, what it can offer, and is happy just as it is.”
The Harrisons moved here 4 months ago. They had barely settled in when the coronavirus changed everything.
But despite physical distancing, countless closures and overwhelming fear and uncertainty, the Harrisons love the town even more.
When the pandemic slammed into Westport, he says, “so many people wanted to help, without demanding credit. There was such tremendous outreach.”
Walking on deserted streets, with everything from the schools and library to the Y and Playhouse shut down, Westport has seemed empty to me.
Not to Harrison.
“”The town feels like a Hallmark community,” he says. “People just want to do whatever they can for others. The town so feels alive, even now.”
*Not their real name; they asked not to be identified.