Destination Westport: Industrial Boomtown Walking Tour

June 2nd, 2018

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

As early as the 18th century the Saugatuck River running through the center of downtown river, presented a commerce “highway” that encouraged trade and the growth of industry. Wharves and factories lined both shores of the river well into the 20th century and some of those buildings still stand today. Join us for a glimpse into Westport’s commercial past  on Saturday, June 2, on a walking tour of the town’s Business Center District and discover facts about such historic sites as National Hall and the former Westport Bank & Trust Company building.


The one-hour walk kicks off at 4 p.m. at Jesup Green and will be led by Bob Mitchell, Westport Historical Society Chairperson. “This tour demonstrates how critical the Saugatuck River was to the commercial and economic development of Westport,” says Mitchell.


Journey across the river to view National Hall, a historic building that has housed a variety of businesses since it was built in 1873. It is now listed on the National Register. Back on the east bank you’ll see the site of the old library, former YMCA and the wedge-shaped Westport Bank & Trust company. End with a sweet site at 76 Post Road East, the former Petrie’s Ice Cream Parlor. 


$10 suggested admission for members, $12 for non-members. No charge for children 12 and under. Meet at Jesup Green  in front of  Westport Public Library’s lower entrance. Parking is available at the town lot on Jesup Green (Taylor Public Parking Lot).  Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt. Register online here or call (203) 222-1424. Join us at Rothbard Ale + Larder after the tour for a complimentary drink.