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Tag Archives: Sherwood Mill Pond
Westport was spared the snow, ice and wind that’s buffeting much of the rest of the country.
All we’ve gotten is light rain, and slush. This was the scene at otherwise empty Winslow Park this morning:
And here’s Camp Mahackeno, seen from the Westport Weston Family Y:
But we did not escape today’s weather unscathed.
As happens more and more often, there’s flooding all around town. Some are places that flood often; some are spots we seldom worry about.
Grove Point — off Hillspoint — saw waters high enough from Sherwood Mill Pond to close the road. Here’s the view:
Standing water is everywhere. Be careful out there!
Last week’s demolition of the old Positano’s restaurant — remembered by real old-time Westporters as its earlier incarnation, Café de la Plage — evoked a welter of emotions.
It also revived memories of Allen’s Clam House, the other waterfront restaurant in the otherwise residential neighborhood.
Allen’s was right around the corner, on Sherwood Mill Pond. Built in 1890 by Captain Walter Allen, customers flocked there for seafood — and views — from as far as New York.
It was the go-to place for generations of celebrations — proms, anniversaries, holidays, you name it.
In 1999, the restaurant and surrounding .83-acre property was up for sale. To protect it from the developers, the town bought it for $1.2 million. Private donations — including $50,000 each from Paul Newman and Harvey Weinstein — defrayed part of the cost.
The restaurant was torn down a few years later. Today — thanks to efforts of Sherry Jagerson, and a group of dedicated volunteers — the land is known as the Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve.
It’s one of Westport’s hidden-in-plain-sight gems. Of course, you can’t buy clams there any more.
But you can bring your own, and have a very fine picnic indeed.
Westporters have watched with interest as 1177 Post Road East — the new 4-story, 94-unit apartment complex — nears completion.
It’s hard to miss: It takes up much of the land between North Morningside and North Turkey Hill, directly opposiste Greens Farms Elementary School.
Which means it’s nowhere near the water.
That’s not stopping its marketing company.
A website showing off the property is — let’s say, “interesting.”
The headline reads “11/77 Greens Farms” (or perhaps “Greens 11/77 Farms” — it’s hard tell).
Technically of course the building is not in Greens Farms. The Post Road is the dividing line. Children moving into the new apartments will go to Long Lots Elementary School, not Greens Farms.
But okay, the Greens Farms neighborhood starts right across the street. Perhaps that’s why the marketing materials boast of “a coastal enclave rich with history and character.”
Without mentioning it by name, the website touts “Westport’s oldest neighborhood, lined with old stone walls weaving between pre-war colonial homes and beautiful estates, vast open meadows and saltwater marshland.”
There are no architect’s renderings of what the apartment building will look like.
There are, however, beautiful photos of:
- A stand-up paddleboarder
- Sherwood Mill Pond
- A beautiful bedroom, and
- What appears to be a woman wearing a comfy fall sweater.
Besides “11/77,” there is one nod to the Post Road. It’s this, tucked away in a headline that once again references the water (the closest beach is Sherwood Island — 1.9 miles away, according to Google Maps):
“Combining Westport’s coastal charm with the convenience of shops, restaurants and services of the Post Road.”
The website says that studio apartments rent “from the $2000s,” while 1-bedrooms begin at $2,850. Extended-stay options are available for business travelers.
(Of the 94 units, 29 — 30% — are considered “affordable” under state 8-30g regulations.)
Want to know more? Or just curious how “11/77 Post Road” is being marketed to the world? Click here!
(Hat tip: Greens Farms Association and president Art Schoeller)