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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Martha Stewart Back at Former Westport Home for Benefit

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Martha Stewart in her Turkey Hill Road South garden in an undated photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marthastewart.com photo

Martha Stewart will return to her former Westport home on Saturday, June 3 for a benefit garden tour, organizers announced today.

The Turkey Hill Garden Tour will benefit Positive Directions, the Center for Prevention and Counseling. The Westport-based not-for- profit is primary provider of alcohol and substance misuse prevention and individual counseling services.

For $400, guests can get a private tour of the original home spaces with Stewart, attend a garden talk, get a copy of her new book, “Martha Stewart’s Vegetables,” and make a self-guided garden tour.

For $250, they can attended the garden talk and do the self-guided garden tour. For $75 ($100 day of event), they can do the self-guided garden tour. Details and tickets are available at http://www.positivedirections.org.

The original farmhouse known as Turkey Hill was home for Stewart for almost four decades years and is where her “empire” began, an announcement said.

“Turkey Hill was a dream place for my family so many wonderful and instructive ways,” Stewart was quoted as saying. “I would not be who I am today without the vast knowledge I gained there, on that small bit of paradise.”

Stewart had been a fixture in Westport since 1971, when she and her former husband, Andrew, purchased the nine-room, 19th-century colonial house on Turkey Hill Road South for $50,000.

Stewart sold the 1805 farmhouse in June 2007 for $6.7 million. She lived there until she went to prison in October 2004, serving a five-month sentence as part of an insider trading scandal that led to her conviction for obstruction of justice.

She later served her house arrest in her estate in Bedford, N.Y. While she was in prison, her late mother lived in the Westport home.

She has been an occasional visitor to Westport in recent years, showing up at favorite restaurants and attending a book launch party at Terrain.

Stewart once filmed garden segments for her former television show at the property, but the studio filming was performed at a facility on the Norwalk and Westport border, now closed.

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Posted 05/09/17 at 03:32 PM  Permalink



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