Local History Series Finale: Saturday, November 2

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Greenwich Library and Greenwich Historical Society will wrap up their informative, five-session local history series with a presentation by Director of Planning and Zoning Diane Fox on Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. Fox will discuss the role of her department in the development of Greenwich and how the Town's Plan of Conservation and Development guides land use planning. 

Director Fox received a B.A. from Clark University and a Masters Degree in International Relations and Economics from the University of Chicago. She worked in Washington D.C. for the Appalachian Regional Commission and for the City of Chicago in the Planning and Development Department. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association, and was Chairman of MetroPool. Director Fox has led the Planning and Zoning Department since 1995. She and her husband live in Riverside. 

Greenwich was composed of several separate communities which united for budgetary reasons to form the Town of Greenwich. Each community had its own personality or character based on demographics, industry and agriculture. Once they united, a rich, diverse community emerged. Previous talks covered Horseneck, Cos Cob, Byram and Old Greenwich.  


Architect Patricia Baiardi Kantorski presented the Byram program on Saturday, May 4. Kantorski is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Greenwich Preservation Trust. She used her architectural background to describe Byram's evolution. 

Historian Davidde Strackbein discussed the Horseneck neighborhood on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. Strackbein is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Historical Society. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in History from Sarah Lawrence College. She explained how Horseneck changed primarily from an agricultural community to the central business section of town. 

The history of Cos Cob was presented on Saturday, September 21 at 2 p.m. by Lou Caravella, the unofficial "Mayor of Cos Cob". Cos Cob was the main maritime port for shipping agricultural products including apples and potatoes to New York, Long Island and Connecticut communities. In the early 20th Century, Cos Cob became the center of an art community. 

Author and historian Missy Wolfe presented the history of Old Greenwich on Saturday, October 19 at 2 p.m., as well as her recent book Insubordinate Spirit. She discussed the hardships faced by early settlers in the early 1600s.

Town Planner Diane Fox will wrap up the series on Saturday November 2 at 2 p.m. by talking about the role of Planning & Zoning in the development of Greenwich. The Greenwich Plan of Conservation and Development has served as a guide in land use planning. 

Residents who have a unique perspective and first-hand knowledge of the history of the various sections of Greenwich are encouraged to contact the Local History office at (203) 622-7948 to share their information. The series promises to be as entertaining as it is informative. Free and open to all.

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