Trivia Time

Fun facts that you may not have known about our town.



1. Until 1947 Byram was originally known as New Lebanon. Legend has it that Indians who lived in the Westchester area used to paddle across the river to “buy rum” in what is now considered Byram.

2. The first known “country club” to be formed in Greenwich was the The Fairfield County Golf Club (renamed the Greenwich Country Club in 1909), which was also the fourth country club established in America. Seasonal dues in 1896 were set at $40 for a family membership. Today there are ten yacht clubs, ten country clubs and eleven garden clubs in Greenwich.

3. Obama in backcountry? Believe it or not, backcountry Greenwich was a potential site for the United Nations in 1946. The proposition was heartily fought down by protesting residents. Imagine if things had gone differently. Conyers Farms might not exist and Cary Grant would have filmed his iconic U.N. scene in North by Northwest just off North Street.

4. In the early 1900s, Greenwich Avenue, originally called The Road to Piping Point, was paved with soft yellow stones and was dubbed the “Yellow Brick Road.”

5. Legend has it that in the early 1900s, Long Island Sound completely froze over and residents were able to drive their cars out to the lighthouse at Great Captain’s Island.

6. Round Hill has an elevation of more than 550 feet, and at its peak offers up a coveted view of the Manhattan skyline. Over two centuries ago, it was still prized for its vistas, but for an entirely different reason: Round Hill was a lookout point for the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

7. Did you know that Greenwich Academy, the oldest girls’ school in Connecticut, used to be coed when it was founded back in 1826 on Putnam Avenue? It later became all-girls like the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Rosemary Hall (which moved back to its original location in Wallingford to merge with Choate) and Misses Ely’s School on North Street (which burned down and was never rebuilt).

8. Move Over, Hamptons! Back in the day, Greenwich was a hopping resort community where New Yorkers summered at places like the Shorehame Club, Ye Old Greenwich Inn and Homestead Hall (now the Homestead Inn). The Edgewood Inn boasted a nine-hole golf course, barbershop, tennis courts, bowling alley and a clubhouse called the “casino” that was a hot spot on the nightlife scene.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance's Go For Pink Shopping Event

    2014.10.02
     @ Greenwich Avenue area

    Breast Cancer Alliance announced that it is partnering with Greenwich merchants for a special day of events and shopping on Thursday, October 2nd...

  • New Goergen Lecture

    2014.10.02
     @ Bruce Museum

    Reflections on Highlights of the Hohenbuchau Collection featuring Peter C. Sutton Known today as the "Golden Age" of Netherlandish...

  • Muddy Up 5k Adventure Run & Family Fun Walk

    2014.10.05
     @ Camp Simmons

    Are you ready for some MUDDY fun? Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is proud to host the 3rd annual Muddy Up 5k Adventure Run & Family Fun...

  • Muddy Up 5k & Family Fun Walk

    2014.10.05
     @ Camp Simmons

    Race starts at 9:15 a.m. REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MON. SEPT. 29 at 8:00 A.M. DON'T LIKE THE MUD? SPONSOR A CLUB MEMBER TO RUN...

  • Sweat for a Cause

    2014.10.05
     @ SoulCycle Greenwich

    The Young Women's League of New Canaan (YWL) is sponsoring its first fundraiser of the season, "Sweat For A Cause" at SoulCycle...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Tuesday Toddler Tours

    2014.10.07
     @ Bruce Museum

    Come to the Bruce this fall to take part in our exciting new children and family programming! No advance registration is required and programs...

  • Flower Power

    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

  • Lyme Research Alliance 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

    2014.10.09
     @ The Stanwich Club

    Tee up and raise funds & awareness for Lyme disease awareness at one of the area’s finest golf courses. The golf tournament is part of...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • Outdoor Arts Festival

    2014.10.11
     @ Bruce Museum

    Come and enjoy the Bruce Museum’s 33rd Annual Outdoor Arts Festival. More than 85 artists from all over the country, many of them new to...

  • Lookbook Live Tour

    2014.10.12
     @ Westchester Mall

    In September + October 2014, Simon will team up with three of the world's top fashion magazines, Glamour, GQ, and  Vogue on a nationwide...

  • The 29th Annual American Artisan Show

    2014.10.17
     @ Wilton Historical Society

    This nationally recognized fundraiser is held on the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society, and features 25 artisans who will show their work...


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