Tag Archives: Compo Cove

Pic Of The Day #599

Old Mill and Compo Cove: the view from John Videler’s office (Photo/John Videler Photography)

Pics Of The Day #558

Today’s nor’easter caused havoc throughout Westport. This was the scene at Burying Hill Beach. (Photo/Nico Eisenberger)

The wind and full moon whipped the water all the way to the Compo Beach parking lot. (Photo/Ian Warburg)

Water rose nearly to the top of the Sherwood Mill Pond tidal gates. (Photo/Robin Tauck)

Today’s nor’easter damaged this 1915 Compo Cove house. It’s weathered many previous ones too. (Photo/Robin Tauck)

On the other side of the Mill Pond, waves lashed Old Mill Beach at Compo Cove. (Photo/Robin Tauck)

A flooded yard at Old Mill Beach … (Photo/Matt Murray)

… and, behind Old Mill, the garage for Compo Cove residents was under water. (Photo/Matt Murray)

A backyard on Stony Point Road. It’s behind the high wall near the train station eastbound parking lot, by the Saugatuck River. (Photo/Richard Jaffe)

Today’s storm brought the Chipper B — the abandoned vessel near Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club — another 10 feet closer to shore. (Photo/Jennifer Seymour)

Pic Of The Day #471

Sherwood Mill Pond, Compo Cove and Long Island Sound (Drone photo/John Videler, Videler Photography

Friday Flashback #98

The house by the Sherwood Mill Pond footbridge leading to Compo Cove is being raised. You can see the work from Old Mill Beach — and far beyond, at Schlaet’s Point on Hillspoint Road.

It’s an iconic Westport site. Originally a grist mill — destroyed at least once by fire — it has been a private residence since the early 1900s. Like its predecessor, the home straddles the water.

Here’s what it looked like in the early 20th century:

Don Willmott found this postcard — with “Compowe” misspelled — in a box belonging to his father, artist Al Willmott. There’s a note on the back, from “Nina” to “Francine.”

It reads:  “Father and I went to Compo Beach today. It was lovely. I wish you could have gone with us. I think this is a pretty card. We had some fine ice cream in Westport.”

Another postcard from the same area and era — this one without any misspellings — comes courtesy of Mark Krosse:

You can’t see the “old mill” that gave the beach and neighborhood its name.

But you can sure tell that the scene is timeless.

Pic Of The Day #390

Compo Cove (Drone photo/John Videler)

Pics Of The Day #296

The bridge from Compo Cove, earlier today … (Photo/John Videler for Videler Photography)

… and South Compo Road. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pics Of The Day #293

The famous pink house across from Elvira’s, on Old Mill Beach … (Photo/Katherine Bruan)

… and around the corner on Compo Cove, there’s this house … (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

… and this. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Pic Of The Day #210

The 1st home ever built on Compo Cove. It was moved to its current location on Sherwood Mill Pond from its original site across the path, facing Long Island Sound. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Photo Challenge #133

Last week’s photo challenge was easy. You might call it a “clam dunk.”

Richard Hyman’s photo showed devices under the 2nd wooden bridge at Sherwood Mill Pond, just before Compo Cove.

They were described variously as a “sluice gate,” “pumps,” “pond gates,” “lock system,” “flood control gates” and “water control mechanism.”

Actually they’re electric gates, installed around 1990. They replaced hand cranks.

Craig Clark provided important context:

They are neither locks or flood gates, but gates to keep water in the pond after high tide. The escaping water was then used to run the grist mill. On an incoming tide there was about 2 feet of clearance under the gates. Many of us swam under them, much to the distaste of the lifeguards.

As the tide changed, the gates would close and hold water back, hence the name Mill Pond. The gates were raised yearly to flush out the pond and allow any repair work to be done to the stone coffer dams, and flush out some of the other stuff that would accumulate.

The Mill Pond has gotten a lot shallower over the years, due to sand coming from Compo Cove and the state park. Farmers used to harvest the salt hay that grows on the flats, and the channels were cut for mosquito control. The Mill Pond is one of Westport’s and the state’s true treasures.

Congratulations to the 24 alert readers — a record! — who knew their onions: Fred Cantor, Luke Garvey, Lisa Marie Alter, Vanessa Wilson, Matt Murray, Craig Clark, Andrew Colabella, Rich Stein, Bob Stalling, Susan Granger, Robert Mitchell, John Brandt, Martin Gitlin, Stan Skowronski, Jill Turner Odice, Antony Lantier, Julie Fatherley, Peter Swift, Jay Tormey, Joelle Malec, Michael, Pettee, Rosalie Kaye, Linda Amos and Don Jacobs. (Click here for the photo, and all responses.)

Since last week’s photo challenge was so easy, here’s a tough one. If you recognize this sign, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Paul Curtis)

Pic Of The Day #59

Compo Cove, from Hillspoint Road (Photo/Tony Fama)