Pemberwick/Glenville Tour, Sunday May 31st, 10 a.m.
The Pemberwick/Glenville Historic Rail-Bed-Trail
Tourwill be held on Sunday, May 31st and begin
at 10:00 a.m. All participants will walk the first
section of the former rail bed led by a guide who will
relate the history of the proposed Pemberwick/
Glenville rail line, the topographical changes which
resulted overtime, the recent history, and notable
local sites along the trail.
At the end of the first section, walkers may
either detour on a path for pickup by a minibus, or
hike along the unfinished section of the rail bed
with a guide, before joining the rest of the tour group.
Those taking the bus, will stop in Glenville at the
“Train Depot” to visit the site of the former American Felt Mill and Dam and learn about its early history.
The final leg of the Tour will travel north through the center of the original “Mill Town” to another site the rail line was proposed to traverse, noting other historical sites. The Tour will then circle back so that participants will have the option of joining the festivities at the Pemberwick/ Glenville Annual Celebration (also free admission) at Pemberwick Park, which begins at Noon.
Shuttle service back to the Comly Ave parking lot will be available throughout the day until the end of the event at 5:00 pm. (Tour participants will assemble at the Yantorno Center/Tennis Court in Pemberwick Park. Because parking is only available for bicycles, those coming by car will be asked to park in the large lot at the corner of Comly Avenue and Pemberwick Road, the former Russell, Burdsall and Ward Nut and Bolt Company site, where a bus will take them to Pemberwick Park.) If you would like to join the tour, click on RSVP above.Please note that space is limited and reservations for this tour are required. The tour will take place rain or shine.
The Pemberwick/Glenville Tour is one of the many neighborhood tours to be held in May, June,
and July. They are sponsored by the Greenwich 375th Anniversary Neighborhood Tours Committee.
Click here for more information about other events in celebration of the Town's 375th Anniversary.
Saturday, July 11th, 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Round Hill Community House
On Saturday, July 11th, two minibus tours of Northwest Greenwich will be departing from the Round
Hill Community House. The morning tour, led by Helen O'Malley, will depart at 10:00 a.m. The afternoon tour will follow the same route, but led by Louisa Stone and departing at 1:00 p.m.
Both tours will trace the rich history of the massive stretch of land which began as farmlands and transitioned into mills and factories, and then golf courses, country clubs, Great Estates, Greenwich Audubon, Greenwich Land Trust, private schools, corporations, and even at one time the potential
headquarters of the United Nations. Tour is fully booked! Reservations are not available.
A Brief History
Greenwich, the tenth town settled in Connecticut, was founded in 1640. Sited along the southeastern shore of Long Island Sound, bordered by Stamford, Connecticut, to the east and New York to the west and north, the Town encompasses almost 50 square miles of broadly diverse populations and neighborhoods shaped by centuries of political, geographic and demographic adaptations. During the 375 years since its founding, Greenwich has evolved from a seventeenth century woodland inhabited by Native Americans into a patchwork quilt of unique historical communities pieced together over the centuries that has become the dynamic twenty-first century multicultural town it is today.