Seems like there are a lot of wrought iron fences in town.
One surrounds Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Another sits outside “Fort Apache” — the medical center on Kings Highway North,near Wilton Road.
Neither of those fences was last week’s Photo Challenge, though. Amy Schneider captured the one at Winslow Park. It was built for a previous use of the rolling land bordered by North Compo and the Post Road: originally handsome estate for Henry Richard and his wife Mary Fitch Winslow (click here for that amazing back story), then part of the mysterious and spooky Westport Sanitarium (click here).
The first person to correctly recognize that fence was Fred Cantor — though he qualified “Winslow Park?” with a question mark.
We see that fence all the time, stuck at that Post Road/Compo traffic light. Next time, look a bit more closely.
Today’s Photo Challenge is a cornerstone. No one is alive today who remembers it being laid — but it was an important one. Click “Comments” below if you know where it is.
Last week’s Photo Challenge — showing what looked like a valve — drew this in-depth comment/possibly tongue-in-cheek explanation from John Terpening:
Spillway gate valve for Nash’s Pond overflow protection. You can see by the reverse thread (counterclockwise arrow) that it also acts as a survey marker for determining when Westport was founded in 1681. By the fact that it was stamped into the valve three times it relates to the number two (also stamped) that most second graders have to be told something three times in order to retained it. The valve is located on the east end of the dam in order to avoid large waves as the prevailing winds are from the west.
Interesting– but wrong.
The image can be seen at Winslow Park. It is — according to the photographer, Jay Dirnberger — the “last remaining structure from the sanitarium” at the property on the Post Road, at North Compo.
No one correctly identified the photo (click here to see). No wonder: We’re too busy chasing our dogs (or chatting with friends) at the park to look down and notice. And the sanitarium is long gone. But what a building it was!
Here’s another magnificent building. If you know where in Westport you’d see it, click “Comments” below.
Witches’ house at Winslow Park? (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)
Meanwhile, there was a special guest player at last weekend’s Challenger Little League game. (Photo/Beth Cody)
Winslow Park (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)
Another great Eagle Scout project: behind Saugatuck Congregational Church, next to Winslow Park. (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)
Tracy Porosoff is an alert “06880” reader/frequent Pic of the Day photographer. She’s also an avid — and perturbed — dog lover. She writes:
Westporters are fortunate to have such a wonderful place as Winslow Park to bring our dogs.
The people are friendly. The dogs are too.
There are acres of beautiful wooded terrain to let your dog run off-leash. And a freshwater stream where dogs can paddle in refreshing, clean water, even take a drink.
Just another day at Winslow Park.
Other resources include a bulletin board of dog-related notices, and a water fountain during warm months for both dogs and people to hydrate after their romp through the woods.
The town even provides trash bags and garbage cans to pick up and dispose of your doggy’s waste.
Unfortunately, some people take these fabulous resources for granted.
Bag after bag of poop litters the park. Despite the presence of garbage cans, people leave their waste on the ground, benches and wherever they choose.
Some are surely inadvertently left. But if everyone takes an extra moment to remember to toss their poop, Winslow’s beauty can be preserved.
So please: The next time you visit Winslow Park, toss your (pup’s) poop!
It looks pastoral.
But beware of poison ivy, at places like Gray’s Creek …
… and Winslow Park, by the Westport Country Playhouse.
The “playground” is the dog run at Winslow Park. Don’t worry — the rest of Winslow is open for Sunday’s Dog Festival. (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)
Dancing in a Winslow Park tree (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)
Winslow Park kids (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)