Gilbertie’s Herbs & Flower Garden is 101 years old.
The iron wagon and concrete planter on the beloved business’ Sylvan Lane property may be even older.
But Gilbertie’s — which sells far more than herbs and flowers — always looks fresh and new.
Its many loyal customers always go back for more. Among them (no doubt) are Mousumi Ghosh, Amy Schneider, Lisa Gold, Andrew Colabella, Seth Schachter and Michael Calise.
All 6 knew exactly where last week’s Photo Challenge could be found. (Click here to see.)
Today’s Photo Challenge commemorates one of at least 2 times George Washington passed through Westport. The plaque was placed in 1932, honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Father of our Country.
If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.
Near the corner of Sylvan and the Post Road?
Disbrow Tavern, by CHT
Myrtle Ave and Church Lane (site of Disbrow Tavern).
I believe former site of Disbrow Tavern
Remembering reading about this in a number of the Wesport historical books. Church / myrtle
Myrtle Avenue & CHurch Lane, the Church being Christ & Holy Trinity
The plaque is located on the front lawn of the house at the corner of Hillandale Road and West Parish Road.
This particular plaque is at the site of the old Disbrow Tavern — Myrtle Avenue and Church Lane (Christ & Holy Trinity Church). George Washington also visited the Marvin Tavern, near the present-day Post Road West and Kings Highway South.
He also famously dined at the Spotted Horse before crossing the river on his way toward Whole Foods for provisions!!
Don’t be ridiculous.
Washington never went to Whole Foods.
It was still Shopwell
He probably stopped by Ye Olde Bridge Grille for a nightcap – and some bantering with a couple of underage patrons.
Near corner of Kings Highway and Wilton Road
At the corner of W Parish and Hillandale, in front of the home that’s currently on the market.
Post Road West near Whole Foods.
General George Washington (I’m assuming he was General at that time) sojourned at the Disbrow Tavern for a night in 1775. Then, Disbrow Tavern was situated at Church Lane and Myrtle Avenue, where Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church now stands.
To commemorate his visit, this plaque sits by the elm tree at that junction
President Washington returned five years later during his inaugural term, to stay (with, according to his diary, a critical opinion of the Captain Ozias Marvin tavern) in Westport five years later.
The above comes through me to you from material posted on February 21st, 2021 from an exceptionally reliable source.
A source who, I have no doubt, will add more of the particulars in the answer he furnishes right here next week …
Jonathan : )
The photo has me wondering: did George use Airbnb or VRBO? 😁😆😂
The Plaque mentions a “tavern.” In 1780, Washington stopped at the Disbrow Inn, near Trinity Church. Is the plaque there? In 1789, then President Washington visited the inn/tavern near Birchwood Country Club. Is the plaque there?
At the corner of Church of Christ and Holy Trinity on Maple
Myrtle & Church corner. The tree at that corner dates back to the time Washington stayed at the tavern.
So lucky to have Gilberties!
I think it’s at the intersection of W Parish Road and the road (Hillandale?) that continues over the Sherwood Connector and the public works area
Kings Highway and Old Hill Rd.
In front of Christ and Holy Trinity Church.