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Photo Challenge #348

The manmade structure looks like the old telephone switching station on Myrtle Avenue, opposite Sconset Square. Deadman’s Brook flows past it.

But readers who thought that was the answer to last week’s Photo Challenge did not look closely, at the waterfall in the background.

There’s no waterfall near downtown. But there is at one end of Nash’s Pond. Peter Tulupman’s photo showed he spillway near the dam and former icehouse, at Kings Highway North. (Click here to see.)

From there the water flows as Stony Brook, underneath Post Road West. It re-emerges at Sylvan Road and Riverside Avenue, where it empties into the Saugatuck River.

Elaine Marino, Diane Silfen, Jalna Jaeger, Eric Bosch, Bobbie Herman, Wendy Cusick, Dave Brown, Dave Eason, Lynn Untermeyer Miller and Derek Fuchs all knew the Nash’s Pond answer.

So did Kristan M. Nash. Then again, she should!

Can she — or anyone — guess this week’s Photo Challenge?  If you know where in Westport it is, click “Comments.”

(Photo/Dick Lowenstein)


Kid Gloves And Nash’s Barn: The Sequel

This morning’s post about Kid Gloves — the boxing gym where heavyweight boxer Floyd Patterson once trained — offered a fascinating look back at a brief, forgotten piece of Westport history.

It also contained one error. The Nash’s Barn building on Kings Highway North — behind what was once the Small Car Company, and most recently was Dragone Classic Motorcars — was not torn down.

The Revolutionary War-era structure still stands. It’s now home to Nice Threads, a custom logo-wear and promotional products company.

Nash’s Barn today … (Photo/Kris Nash)

The owner is Tim Nash — a descendant of the original property owner (for whom the nearby pond is also named). The family has owned the barn since 1784.

The barn has undergone many incarnations. Thanks to the stewardship of the Nash family, it will likely see many more.

… and in 1952.

(Hat tips: John Terpening and Kris Nash)

Pics Of The Day #968

Compo Beach, in this morning’s snow … (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

… and Nash’s Pond (Photo/Katherine Bruan)

… and Ford Road (Photo/Michael Tomashefsky)

Pics Of The Day #963

This morning’s spectacular sunrise, as seen from Nash’s Pond … (Photo/Tricia Freeman)

… and looking out over Compo Cove … (Photo/Matt Murray)

… and Cross Highway (Photo/Mark Yurkiw)

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


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.