Remember Westport’s Enslaved Peoples


Monday, June 18 - October 31, 2018

All Day

As part of the  “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport” exhibit, WHS is memorializing the names of over 200 enslaved persons who made up an essential, but often overlooked part of our Town’s History.  Each name will be inscribed permanently on a brick in our Brickwalk.  Please sponsor a brick for $20 which covers cost of brick and installation at no profit to WHS.  


Upon the close of the exhibit in October 2018 we’ll invite the brick sponsors to an unveiling of this forgotten roster of names as a permanent part of Westport Historical Society. To order, click here.




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Book Discussion, Garden and House Tour!


Friday, August 24, 2018

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kelle Ruden, A professional discussion leader, WHS advisory board member and President of the Westport Garden Club will facilitate. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for the book discussion.


Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden Tour: Saturday, August 25, 10:30am – 12pm

In partnership with the Westport Garden Club.

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Bellamy-Ferriday House Tour: Home of the Lilac Girls


Saturday, August 25, 2018

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly is based on the true story of American philanthropist and former actress Caroline Ferriday who rescued 72 Polish women from the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp in Northern Germany and brought them to the U.S. for rehabilitation and the trip of a lifetime. Miss Ferriday spent 78 summers at her home, the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden in Bethlehem, CT creating a wonderland of gardens and refurbishing the 18th century home, a Connecticut Landmark.


The opportunity to enjoy a private tour of the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Gardens, Caroline Ferriday’s home and an inspiration for the novel will take place on Saturday, August 25th at 10:30 am. Please meet at the at the Bellamy-Ferriday site at s 10 am at 9 Main St N, Bethlehem, CT 06751.  To visit their website, click here.


Pre-registration is required for the tour of the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden on Saturday, August 25, 2018 as space is limited. admission for members is $12, $15 for non-members.


Reservations are required, register online here or call (203) 222-1424 using the gift shop extension. Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt.


To learn more about the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden visit their website and to read more about the book and Martha Hall Kelly visit her website here.

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Ice Cream Social


Sunday, August 26, 2018

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Skip the line and pre-buy your tickets! Visit Saugatuck Sweets at their Facebook page here.

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Traces of the Trade: Film Screening and Discussion


Saturday, September 8, 2018

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

“Traces of the Trade” Film Screening and Discussion with the DeWolf Family


Slavery and its legacy is a stain on the history of America, adversely impacting millions of lives. In Traces of the Trade: A Story From The Deep North, hidden legacy of slavery in America for both black and white families is explored.  

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