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Monday, October 28, 2013

Preservation Award Winner: Compo Mill Cove Island House

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Among the nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2013 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Wednesday is the Compo Mill Cove Island House. The HDC said the award is being given to its owner, Jeff Northrop, in recognition of its “rehabilitation of a historic structure.” It added, “With an outsized presence for such an undersized structure, the Island House on Rocky Hummock Island is a landmark structure known visually to virtually every Westporter.  Probably known more colloquially as the Compo Mill Pond shed, this little building sits on a rock only slightly larger than its own footprint, out in the middle of the pond. Like numerous other buildings as old as this, it wasn’t built in its current location and for its current use. Town records indicate that this modest building was built in 1747 as the cooperage (a structure for making wooden casks or barrels) for the first tidal grist mill on the Mill Pond, located alongside the tide gates on the south side of the pond. According to the current owner, whose family has been associated with the shellfish operation in the Mill Pond for multiple generations, the shed was moved out to the island in about 1870 by the Nash family who were the owners at that time. It was relocated to the middle of the pond to serve as a guard house to protect the shellfish beds from poachers It has been serving that purpose ever since. Over that period it has been inhabited by a series of solitary figures. After the last occupant left and Sandy flooded it completely, the present owner, decided it was time for a total renovation. The little building has been refreshed but still retains its simple primitive character and, hopefully, will remain as a focal point for the mill pond landscape for many generations to come.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Thanks for the little history on the house. I never knew about all the moving of houses until recently when working on the moving of the Kemper Gunn House.

So many houses have moved in this town. People didn’t used to tear down, they moved them and then built new in their place.

The Spotted Horse house was moved twice, and the one next to it used to be where Kemper Gunn was. Now Kemper Gunn will move.

The beautiful Victorian at Riverside and Treadwell was moved when 95 came in.

Posted by Matthew Mandell on October 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM | #