Destination Westport: Stroll Through Saugatuck History

September 22nd, 2018

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet on West Bound Side of Saugatuck Train Station in the waiting room.

Stroll Through Saugatuck and relive the history of the little village at the mouth of the Saugatuck River and its importance to the town of Westport through time even as Saugatuck undergoes an impressive renaissance.


As you make your way through the neighborhood your guide Bob Mitchell, Westport Historical Society Chairperson, will discuss Saugatuck’s past as a manufacturing hub and the tight-knit, immigrant community it was become. The walk will begin at the NY-bound side of the train station, where rail service was launched in 1848, making Westport more accessible for visitors and, in turn, giving residents better access to New York City. Railroad construction brought an influx of jobs, filled mostly by Irish and Italian laborers, and the young community eventually was called Little Italy. In 1958, a swath of buildings bisecting Saugatuck was demolished to make way for the Connecticut Turnpike.

Here are some bits of Saugatuck lore you’ll learn about: The Saugatuck Grain & Supply Company (1929), Luciano Park, the Westport Bank & Trust branch office, the Hedenbury Tin Shop, the Baynham Coffin Tack Factory, the first Saugatuck firehouse, the mattress factory, the William F. Cribari Bridge (the oldest movable span in Connecticut), and the Saugatuck Manufacturing Company, which made buttons from Brazilian ivory nuts.



Online pre-registration is $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the tour admission $10 for members, $15 for non-members,  $5 student with ID.  No charge for children 12 and under.  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 x5.




Join us at the Black Duck after the tour for a complimentary drink.