Photo Challenge #321

Last week’s Presidents Day Photo Challenge fooled some of our most historic-minded Westporters.

Sure, in 1775 George Washington stopped (and slept) at the Disbrow Tavern, the site of the present-day Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. He returned 5 years later.

A plaque marks the spot, by the elm tree where Church Lane meets Myrtle Avenue. But that’s not the marker that Kathie Motes Bennewitz’s image showed. (Click here to see.)

A similar plaque is partially hidden near the Christ & Holy Trinity (and Assumption Church) cemetery, on Kings Highway North. It’s across from the grassy area by Old Hill Road that, in Revolutionary times, served as a militia training and parade ground.

Elaine Marino, Bob Grant, Michael Calise and Morley Boyd all knew the correct location of this plaque.

Elaine also pointed out — to my great embarrassment — this was a previous Photo Challenge, in July 2018. (I really should read “06880,” right?)

During the Washington Bi-Centennial Celebration in 1932, the Compo Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a bronze plaque at the base of the tree.

The plaque on Kings Highway does not indicate who placed it there.

The downtown plaque is more weather-beaten than its cemetery counterpart. It says: “George Washington stopped for refreshments at this tavern, June 28, 1775.” It also has the bicentennial dates: “1732-1932.”

That Disbrow Tavern visit — and the next — were not the only 2 times Washington stopped (and slept) here. As president, he spent the night of November 11, 1789 at Captain Ozias Marvin’s tavern, at what is now the north side of Post Road West, opposite Kings Highway South.

Sarah Marvin and her daughters cooked up a presidential feast: loaves of brown bread and pies, vegetables from their farm, huge roasts.

Yet Washington asked for only a bowl of bread and milk. To add insult to injury, he wrote in his diary: It was “not a good house, though the people of it were disposed to do all they could to accommodate me.”

No matter. For years thereafter, Marvin Tavern was known as the Washington Inn.

But enough about yesterday. Here is today’s Photo Challenge. if you know where in Westport you would see it, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Molly Alger)


22 responses to “Photo Challenge #321

  1. Sherwood Island State Park.

  2. I think Sherwood Island.

  3. Nicholas Moore Eisenberger

    Yes, Sherwood Island.

  4. The bath house at Sherwood Island State Park.

  5. Ralph P Balducci

    Sherwood Island bathrooms down past the concessions and toward the Nature Center

  6. Sherwood Island St Pk…rest and changing rooms

  7. Sherwood island bathhouse

  8. Sherwood Island state park,restroom west beach

  9. I guess this was an easy one. Definitely the Sherwood Island bathrooms/bathhouse. I wonder how many people would have gotten this right BEFORE the pandemic, though. The past year definitely drove a lot of local folks to “our” state park.

  10. Louis Weinberg

    Sherwood Island Bathroom facility?

  11. Stephen Axthelm

    Sherwood Island State Park restrooms

  12. Yes, Sherwood Island.

  13. Wendy Schaefer

    Sherwood Island State Park restrooms

  14. Sherwood Island bathrooms.

  15. Speaking of G. Washington and food, I just ordered “The General’s Cook” by Ramin Ganeshram, author, chef, and director of Westport’s Museum of History and Culture. Can’t wait to read this historical novel based on the true story of Hercules Posey, an indentured servant and master chef for General Washington, who because of his culinary prowess had rare privileges for the time

  16. Michael Hehenberger

    Sherwood Island

  17. Finally… a photo I recognized. And so did everyone else!

  18. Lawrence Joel Zlatkin

    Sherwood Island Nature Center restrooms

  19. Sherwood Island

  20. June Whittaker

    Sherwood island

  21. Sherwood Island

  22. Mary Ann Batsell

    one of the bathhouses at Sherwood Island