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Friday Flashback #141

Generations of Westporters have swum in, skated on or otherwise enjoyed Nash’s Pond.

The “modern” pond was formed in 1879, when the Nash family erected a dam and 3 icehouses. Workers harvested ice each winter. It was stored through summer, sawed into blocks, then sent to New York for sale.

In 1937 — after the ice business, but before most homes were built along “Nash’s Woods and Pond” — it looked like this:

(Postcard courtesy of Seth Schachter)

What are your memories of Nash’s Pond? Click “Comments” below.

Pic Of The Day #518

Foggy sunrise over Nash’s Pond this morning (Photo/Tricia Freeman)

Pics Of The Day #248

This morning’s winter solstice sunrise, as seen over Nash’s Pond … (Photo/Tricia Freeman)

… and from Burritt’s Landing. (Photo/Nancy Vener)

Pics Of The Day #191

Tonight’s rainbow over Nash’s Pond… (Photo/Tricia Freeman)

… and over Saugatuck. (Photo/Amy Lamb)

Meanwhile, the sunset was spectacular as viewed from the Westport Library cafe… (Photo/Jo Shields)

,,, and on the river, with the Saugatuck Rowing Club … (Photo/Diana Kuen)

… in Greens Farms … (Photo/Jack Feuer)

… over Gorham Avenue …(Photo/Tom Cook)

… outside Staples High School … (Photo/Tomas Curwen)

… over Gray’s Creek … (Photo/June Eichbaum)

… and at Compo Beach. (Photo/Sarah Hock)

Nash’s Pond: The (Way) Back Story

Like most Westporters, you’ve probably admired the blue house set back from Kings Highway North, near the busy Post Road intersection.

You may know that behind it is Nash’s Pond.

You may or may not know that the pond — probably big enough to be a lake — was named for the Nash family. In 1835 Daniel Nash was one of the men who helped incorporate Westport, as a town separate from Norwalk, Fairfield and Weston.

You probably do not know that a Nash descendant — also named Daniel — still resides in Westport. In fact, he and his family live in that blue house.

The former Nash ice house -- now Daniel Nash's home. (Photo/Frank Rosen)

The former Nash ice house — now Daniel Nash’s home. (Photo/Frank Rosen)

You almost surely do not know that it was originally an ice house. Or that Daniel and his wife Nicole have spent the past decade restoring it, so that future generations of Nashes can remain there too.

The next generation — his 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son — will be the 14th in Westport. The Nashes arrived around 1650, from southern colonies — more than 2 centuries before the ice house was built.

“We’re trying to spruce it up,” Nash says modestly. (He’s doing the same for several other buildings nearby, called “the compound.”)

He’s cleaned the foundation, brought the inside up to code, redone the vents, reshingled the roof and added molding. It now looks like a home, not a business.

But what a history it had.

The Nash family erected a dam in 1879, and built 3 identical ice houses the following year. Workers harvested the ice from the pond, and stored it through the summer. After being sawed into blocks, the ice was sent to New York City for sale.

“It was a booming business, until electrical refrigeration came along,” Nash says.

Nash’s Pond is magical in every season. (Photo/Peter Tulupman)

The family has had a number of different occupations. Nashes have worked as farmers, hat makers, cider makers, and of course ice merchants.

Daniel’s great-grandfather was the last Nash businessman. Daniel’s grandfather and father managed the property. He’s spent much of his time doing the same.

Growing up, he loved the area — the big rock outcropping, stone foundation and waterfall. Every winter, he skated on the pond named for his family.

He and Nicole were married on the pond.They moved into the ice house, fulfilling his childhood dream. As the couple had children, they “carved out” rooms inside for them.

“It’s a work in progress,” Nash says. “We want to make it look fresh for the town. It’s on a major corner, and everyone sees it.”

Daniel Nash is taking his time. He wants to make sure the renovation of the ice house into a home for future generations is done right.

After more than 360 years here, the Nash family continues to care about their town.

And take care of it.

(Hat tip: Frank Rosen)

Morning Mountains

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Click on or hover over to enlarge. (Photo/Tricia Freeman)

No, Westport does not suddenly huddle beneath a towering mountain range.

These are just very cool clouds over Nash’s Pond, on a beautiful, calm-after-the-2-day-storm morning.

Oh My 06880 — Photo Challenge #99

Westport is a waterfront community. But usually we think of Compo Beach, the Saugatuck River, maybe Sherwood Mill Pond.

Last week’s photo challenge was a gorgeous shot of one of Westport’s most underappreciated gems: Nash’s Pond. Taken from Blind Brook Road by Peter Tulupman, it showed trees reflecting a fall scene. But any time of year, Nash’s is lovely and lively.

Dorothy Giannone, Barbara Sherburne, Dan Herman, Joyce Barnhart, Kathryn Sirico, Bruce J. Kent, Sharon Paulsen, Dorothy Fincher, Jeff Giannone and Katherine Golomb — most of whom live on or near the pond — knew instantly where Peter found his photo. Click here to see it, and read all the guesses.

Seth Schachter sends along this week’s challenge. Once again, it’s a fall beauty.

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If you think you’ve spotted this somewhere in Westport, click “Comments” below.

What A Welcome To Westport!

New — but very alert — “06880” reader Tricia Freeman writes:

My family and I just moved to Westport 3 weeks ago from Katonah, New York, and are loving it!

We have a a cozy house on beautiful Nash’s Pond. We feel like we’ve won the lottery of beautiful views (and it’s hard to believe we’re only a mile from Whole Foods!).

I’ve taken probably 100 pictures already, but am finally sending one in. I wish I took one yesterday when everyone was out skating, but this morning’s sunrise over the melting pond is especially serene. I wish you could hear the spring birds chirping!

Keep ’em coming, Tricia. And you haven’t seen anything yet — just wait till spring finally comes!

(Photo/Tricia Freeman)

(Photo/Tricia Freeman)

 

First Fall

Peter Tulupman and his family moved here recently, from Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. This is their 1st New England autumn.

Peter says, “While we may be past peak color, it has been glorious. I’m in awe of the beauty.”

He sends along this shot of Nash’s Pond — one of his favorite new spots.

It too is glorious.

Hover or click on to enlarge. (Photo/Peter Tulupman)

Hover or click on to enlarge. (Photo/Peter Tulupman)

Peter Green: Renaissance Stained Glass Man

For classic suits and classy jewelry, Westporters head to Mitchells. If you’re looking for music, it’s Sally’s Place.

But where do you go for all your custom stained glass needs?

Peter Green's stained glass makes a great window if you want privacy in your tub.

Try Renaissance Studio. It’s a bit off the beaten path — in the back of a handsome home on Imperial Avenue — but it’s a one-stop shop for designing, creating, repairing and restoring stained (and clear leaded) glass windows.

Plus very cool glass etching, bowl making, and anything else  your parents told you you’d never make a living doing.

Owner/artisan Peter Green keeps a low profile. He’s been in town since 1969, but last week was the first time I’d heard of him. True, I don’t have a lot of stained glass needs, but still…

Peter — who grew up in Yorktown Heights, and always had an artistic bent — started his Westport business in an old fieldstone ice weighing station next to Nash’s Pond. He then moved to Saugatuck Avenue.

Peter Green and a small sample of his work, outside his studio.

His current digs — the house dates back to 1890 — are very cool. Peter designed all 3 floors to his specs. He’s got a wood shop, a wall where he draws his designs, welding equipment, and hundreds of brushes and jars of pulverized glass.

So who buys stained glass?

Nope — not churches. It’s mostly homeowners, he says, looking to spiff up an entryway, skylight or room divider — or creatively make sure no one from outside can peer into a bathroom. Wine cellars are big too.

When he worked near Nash’s Pond, Peter would close down at midday for a swim. Now he swims at the Y. He hopes to donate a work for their new pool.

“I’d love to give back to one of the few nurturing towns in the country willing and able to make my dreamed-of life become a reality,” he says. Peter is inspired by the philanthropy of Westporters like the Mitchell and Paul Newman families.

Just as his work inspires many others. Even if we’ve never heard Peter Green’s name.