Where Westport Meets the World

Destination Westport: In Gatsby’s Shoes

Join Westport Historical Society on Saturday, July 27, from 9:15 am until 11:30 am, for a gorgeous, vigorous 120 minute walk in one of the East Coast’s most beautiful settings.

Additional dates for this tour are Aug. 10 and Aug. 24.

Imagine it’s the summer of 1920. Westport is a sleepy farm community that lures New York’s most glamorous couple-F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald—to its shores. 

Seeking respite from their whirlwind Jazz era lives, the Fitzgerald’s set up in an 18th century farmhouse that has seen Revolution and the building of a nation over many decades. Zelda swims daily in the peaceful waters of the Long Island Sound while Scott takes advantage of the bucolic quiet to work on what he hopes will be his next great novel—The Great Gatsby. Join Richard “Deej” Webb and Robert Steven Williams, as they recreate the summer of 1920 and the sites and characters that influenced Fitzgerald’s Great American novel. 

Come prepared for a gorgeous, vigorous 120 minute walk in one of the East Coast’s most beautiful settings. Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

PARKING INFORMATION: Guests should park at Longshore Marina, along the asphalt and dirt areas. Parking passes will be distributed by tour guides the day of, to place on cars. 

$25 for members, $30 for non-members. No charge for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, register online or call (203) 222-1424.

Saugatuck Socials: Bastille Day

Join us on Thurs., July 18th, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for the next in our series of Saugatuck Socials. 

The Westport Historical Society began in Saugatuck in 1889. Members read interesting historical documents aloud or shared local stories. We invite you to join us for a drink and a nibble while we share stories, poems, historic essays and music with the rest of our community. Listen as others present original works or pre-selected pieces from history such as the Declaration of Independence or the Gettysburg Address. Join in with a related work or artifact of your own!

Discuss the International reactions to the revolution of France—the once allies of the fledgling United States—and the Terror that followed, near the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789.

There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Light refreshments will be served. 


Tavern Night

A special taste of Presidential ale awaits those who enter the museum’s Tavern Night on Sat., July 13th, from 6 to 8 pm, memorializing the burning of the Connecticut coast in 1779. Enjoy colonial fare and music while sipping specialty cocktails made specifically for this event.

Online tickets are $25. If you choose to attend our “The Burning of Green’s Farms Family Day” on July 13th, a bundle ticket may be purchased online for $30.

Reservations are recommended, register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424.

The Burning of Green’s Farms Family Day

Cannons, dancing and delicacies…oh my! Take part in the Westport Historical Society’s full day of activities on Sat., July 13th, from 10am until 4pm, memorializing the burning of towns along the Connecticut coast during the War for Independence. British troops burned Fairfield and the Green’s Farms Meeting House in Westport before moving on to Norwalk in July of 1779. Learn more about this event while enjoying games and hands-on demonstrations from the period.

Online tickets are $10. If you choose to attend our “Tavern Night” the evening of July 13th a bundle ticket can be purchased online for $30.

Reservations are recommended; register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424.



before and after 100yr storm on buckley pond sept 24 2019

before and after 100yr storm on buckley pond sept 24 2019

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Westport Makes Waves for Swim Across America - Shop & Dine for a Cause

Shop and dine for a cause! Mark your calendar for the 3rd annual "Make Waves Day" for Swim Across America Fairfield County on June 20, with Westport area restaurants and retailers. This annual event is a community fundraising initiative for Swim Across America Fairfield County to help raise funds for groundbreaking cancer gene therapy research with the swim's beneficiary, Stamford-based Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT). Participating retailers and restaurants contribute a portion of their sales from June 20 to Swim Across America. Look for the Swim Across America balloons at participating stores/restaurants June 20 or visit http://bit.ly/MakeWavesDay2019.

Exhibition Series: Washington Black by Esi Edujyan

A new series begins Wed., June 19! Join us from 3 to 4:30 pm for a docent-led tour of our current exhibition followed by a book discussion to gain greater insight into the historical context of the exhibit.  Professional moderator Kelle Ruden will lead the book discussions.

Selected as one of the New York Times Best Books of 2018, this novel follows the early life of George Washington “Wash” Black, a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, chosen at age 11 as the manservant of his master’s brother, who to his surprise, turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.  The novel won the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

Before our discussion, visit our award-winning exhibit Remembered for a deeper understanding of the contributions of African Americans to Westport and national history.

“Perfectly executed . . . Soaring . . . More than a tale of human bondage, it’s also an enthralling meditation on the weight of freedom, wrapped in a rousing adventure story stretching to the ends of the earth.” —The Boston Globe 

This program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended. Reserve your space online at www.westporthistory.org or by calling 203-222-1424 ext. 5. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form. 

Foraging 101

Spring is prime foraging season for wild salad greens and pungent ingredients. Join naturalist, Veronica Swain, for an introductory class on the safety and how-tos of sustainable foraging, and take a short walk to sample what nature has to offer. Free event. Registration is required.  For additional information visit www.earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400.