The principal chief of a small Indian tribe reputed to have sold land to settlers along the Norfolk River in southwestern Connecticut in the early 1640's.
(YTB-223: dp. 386; 1. 110'; b. 26'5"; dr. 11'4"; s. U k.;
a. 2.50 cal. mg.)
Mahackemo (YTB-223) was laid down 28 December 1943 by the Elizabeth City Shipyard, Elizabeth City, N.C.; launched 15 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. J. MeCraken; and placed in service 30 October 1944.
Mahackemo operated in the Norfolk-Hampton Roads area until reporting to Philadelphia 16 April 1946 for temporary duty. Reassigned 28 June to the 6th Naval District, she proceeded to Charleston, S.C., thence to Green Cove Springs, Fla., where she was placed out of service in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet 16 August 1946. She was ordered to active duty 21 July 1948 but on 11 September 1948, while being towed to Newport, R.I. Naval Base, Mahackemo sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C., in 2,200 fathoms of water. She was struck from the Naval Register 21 October 1948.
Researcher uncovers family connection to Roger Ludow
Madeleine Eckerts' ancestry goes back to Norwalk founder Roger Ludlowe who purchased the territory from Chief Mahackemo.
Hour photo / Erik Trautmann
Madeleine Eckerts' ancestry goes back to Norwalk founder Roger Ludlowe who purchased the territory from Chief Mahackemo.
NORWALK -- If an event occurred in Norwalk's history, it's more than likely that local historian Madeleine Eckert has researched it.
In her years of countless forays to Norwalk City Hall to pore over old town records, the expert in Norwalk's past was stunned to learn recently that she's unknowingly been passing by a piece of her own family history in the City Hall atrium.
Her new-found appreciation of the WPA mural "Purchase of Norwalk" depicting Roger Ludlow's purchase of Norwalk in 1640 from Chief Mahackamo, came from the discovery of her family connection to Ludlow.
"I was doing research for someone and I discovered that I am the 9th great-granddaughter of Gabriel Ludlow, the brother of Roger Ludlow," Eckert said. "I had no idea that I had this wonderful Norwalk connection."
A Virginia native, and long-time Norwalk resident along with her husband Ed, she has traced her lineage to Thomas Ludlow and Jane Pyle Ludlow of England, and their sons Gabriel and his younger brother Roger.
"I've only started researching this family connection," Eckert said. "I've found much more information about my 9th great-uncle Roger Ludlow than I have about Gabriel. There's no record that Gabriel Ludlow left England, but his daughter-and Roger Ludlow's niece-Sarah Ludlow married Col. John Carter of Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia. John and Sarah Carter were the ancestors of many illustrious people including Carter Braxton and Benjamin Harrison V, both Signers of the Declaration of Independence President William Henry Harrison President Benjamin Harrison and Gen. Robert E. Lee."
Early in 1640, Roger Ludlow purchased land from the Siwanoy Sachem Mahackemo located in the area that would become Norwalk, Connecticut. Ludlow contracted with fourteen men for the original planting of Norwalk, and in 1649, Nathaniel Ely and Richard Olmstead became the first two settlers.
"He acted as fast as he could by recruiting Nathaniel Ely and Richard Olmstead, making it possible for that specific group of settlers to come to Norwalk," Eckert said. "If not for Ludlow, the founder's stone at the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery would have a different set of names."
Roger Ludlow (15901664) was an English lawyer, magistrate, military officer, and colonist. Ludlow sailed to America in May 1630 aboard the ship Mary & John with his wife Mary Cogan, a sister-in-law of Governor John Endicott of Massachusetts. He helped draft laws for the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and before coming to Connecticut, Ludlow was deputy governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1634-1635.)
Ludlow was a framer of a document called the Fundamental Orders, which was adopted on January 14, 1639. The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut is the world's first written constitution for a self-governing people, and the document from which Connecticut derived its title, "The Constitution State."
One of the representatives from Connecticut in the negotiations which led Connecticut to the confederation of the colonies, in 1646 Ludlow was asked by the Connecticut General Court to draft a comprehensive set of laws "grounded in precedent and authority and fitted to the necessities of the new civilization." The result was "The Code of Laws of 1650", or Ludlow Code, according to Eckert's research.
"In early 1639 Ludlow's political rival from Massachusetts John Haynes, who came to Connecticut not long after Ludlow, was elected governor. Ludlow then chose to take leave from Hartford and Windsor and obtained a charter from the General Court to begin a settlement at "Pequannocke" (present day Bridgeport). He left with a group of like minded settlers from Windsor, Watertown, and Concord to purchase property along the coast of Long Island Sound west of the New Haven Colony. While on this task Ludlow recalled the attraction of the salt marshes west of the Pequonnock River near "Unquowa" and purchased land there from the native Sachem and founded the town of Fairfield," according to research submitted by Eckert.
"Many people think of Roger Ludlow mainly in the settlement of Fairfield," said Eckert. "But I would defy anyone to find a Norwalk founder who has more recognition in Norwalk."
Eckert has cited 12 current and past Norwalk tributes to Roger Ludlow: Roger Ludlow monument at Gregory Boulevard Ludlow Manor Ludlow Park Ludlow Commons, the former Roger Ludlow Jr. High School Ludlow Shopping Center Ludlow Village City Hall WPA mural Connecticut State marker at East Wall Street and East Avenue Commemorative coins-300th anniversary Norwalk, Connecticut-Mahackemo-1640-Ludlow-Norwalke Roger Ludlow Hotel, formerly the Mohackemo Hotel in South Norwalk Roger Ludlow cigars manufactured by B.J. Reynolds, 12 S. Main St. and Roger Ludlow Men's Shop on Washington Street.
Ludlow purchased areas east of the Norwalk river (present day East Norwalk and Saugatuck) on February 26, 1641 according to the Gregorian calendar or February 26, 1640 on the then still commonly used Julian calendar.
"Norwalk was a desirable area for settlement then," said Madeleine's husband Ed Eckert "There was a fantastic two-mile river, the Norwalk Islands, an abundance of shellfish, and rich farm lands."
"A copie of a deede of sale made by Norwalke Indians unto Maste Roger Ludlowe, of Fairfield, as followeth, 26, February 1640.
An agreement made between the Indians of Norwalke and Roger Ludlowe: it is agreed, that the Indians of Norwalke, for and in consideration of eight fathoms of wampum, sixe coates, tenn hatchets, tenn hoes, tenn knifes, tenn scissors, tenn jewse-harpes, tenn fathoms tabackoe, three kettles of sixe hands about, and tenn looking glasses, have granted all the lands, meadows, pasturage, trees, whatsoever there is, and grounds between [sic] the twoe [sic] rivers, the ones called Norwalke, and the other Soakatuck, to the middle of sayde rivers, from the sea a days walke into the country to the sayed Roger Ludlowe, and his heirs and assigns forever, and that no Indian or other shall challenge or claim any ground within the sayed rivers or limits, nor disturb the sayed Roger, his heirs or assigns within the precincts aforesaid.
In withness whereof the parties thereunto have interchangeably sett their hands. Roger Ludlowe."
The deed was marked by Norwalk Indians Tomakergo, Tokeneke, Prosewanenos, Sachem Mahackemo, and witnessed by Thomas Ludlowe.
This Day in US Military History
1780 – General Benedict Arnold betrayed the US when he promised secretly to surrender the fort at West Point to the British army. Arnold whose name has become synonymous with traitor fled to England after the botched conspiracy. His co-conspirator, British spy Major John Andre, was hanged.
1945 – A proclamation to the German people is signed today formally announcing the establishment of the Allied Control Council and its assumption of supreme authority in Germany.
1952 - As a pair of Northrop F-89 Scorpions of the 27th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Griffiss AFB, New York, perform a flypast, Northrop F-89C-30-NO, 51-5781, disintegrates in flight during a display at the International Aviation Exposition at Detroit-Wayne Major Airport, Detroit, Michigan, killing the Scorpion pilot, Maj. Donald E. Adams, a Korean war jet ace (6.5 kills), radar operator Capt. Kelly, and one spectator. Cause was found to be from severe torsional aeroelastic problems that led to all F-89Cs being grounded and returned to the factory for wing structural redesign.
1955 – A Vought F7U-3 Cutlass, BuNo 129592, of VF-124, misses all the wires during a landing aboard USS Hancock (CVA-19), operating off of Hawaii, and hits the barrier. "Although reported to have suffered only slight damage, it was struck off charge and never flew again."
1966 – Test pilot Pete Knight flew the X-15 to 30,541 meters (100,200 feet) and Mach 5.21.
1984 - A United States Navy North American T-2C Buckeye crashes into the Chesapeake Bay shortly after take-off from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, killing the student and seriously injuring the instructor.
1803 – Captain Meriwether Lewis left Pittsburgh to meet up with Captain William Clark and begin their trek to the Pacific Ocean.
1862 - PSS W. B. Terry was a Union stern-wheel transport steamer of 175 tons, used as an armed dispatch boat with two 6-pounder Parrotts. She was built in 1856 at Belle Vernon, Pa.
On August 21st, 1861 W. B. Terry was captured at Paducah, Ky. by the USS Lexington for trafficking with the Confederacy and flying a Confederate flag.
She was later captured by the Confederates and used to ferry troops across the Tennessee River.
On August 31st, 1862, W. B. Terry PSS ran aground 20 feet from shore at the foot of the Duck River Sucks while going up the Tennessee River. She was subsequently stripped of her furniture and burned.
1863 – Sumter was a Confederate troop transport of 212 tons, built in 1860 at New Albany, Ind.
In the night of August 31, 1863, while transporting over 600 troops to Charleston, Sumter was accidentally shelled and sunk by Confederate fire from Fort Wagner and Battery Gregg, mistaking her for a Union ship.
Sumter hit a shoal at the end of Fort Sumter and sank with at least forty killed, one wounded, and eight missing. More than 600 officers and men were saved by barges from Fort Sumter and nearby Confederate gunboats. Most of the Confederate equipment aboard was lost. The wreck was later used as a target practice.
1865 – The US Federal government estimated the American Civil War had cost about eight-billion dollars. Human costs have been estimated at more than one-million killed or wounded.
1921 - U.S. Navy airship D-6, A5972, with a C-type envelope built by Goodyear in 1920 and a special enclosed car built by the Naval Aircraft Factory, is destroyed in a Naval Air Station Rockaway hangar gasoline fire along with two small dirigibles, the C-10 and the Goodyear airship H-1, A5973, the sole H-model, a powered two-seat observation balloon built along the lines of the commercial Goodyear "Pony Blimp", and the kite balloon A-P.
1925 - U.S. Navy Naval Aircraft Factory PN-9, BuNo A-6878, '1', flying boat disappears on a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii with reported loss of crew. The PN-9 was not actually lost, it was just overdue. After staying in the air for 25 hours and covering 1,841 of the 2,400 miles to Pearl Harbor, it landed safely at sea, the crew under command of Commander John Rodgers, Naval Aviator No. 2, rigged sails from fabric from the lower wing and sailed the final 450 miles, reaching Kauai on 10 September. This stood as a seaplane distance flight record for several years. Aircraft is repaired and shipped to San Diego, California.
1939 – At noon, despite threats of British and French intervention, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler signs an order to attack Poland, and German forces move to the frontier.
1943 - Boeing B-17F-50-BO Flying Fortress, 42-5451, of the 582d Bomb Squadron, 393d Bomb Group, piloted by James A. McRaven,
crashes two miles NE of Kearney Army Air Field, Nebraska, during a routine training flight, killing all eight crew. The 393d was reassigned to Kearney AAF from Sioux City AAB, Iowa, this date.
1945 – General MacArthur establishes the supreme allied command at the main port of Tokyo, as the first foreigner to take charge of Japan in 1000 years.
1945 – The remaining Japanese troops in the Philippines formally surrender.
1945 – The Japanese garrison on Marcus Island surrenders to the American Admiral Whiting.
1949 – Six of the 16 surviving Union veterans of the Civil War attended the last-ever encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1951 – The former enemies of the world war reconvened in San Francisco to finalize negotiations on the peace treaty to formally end WW II.
1954 - Sole Cessna XL-19B Bird Dog, 52-1804, c/n 22780A, modified with Boeing XT-50-BO-1 210 shp turboprop engine, crashes 2 miles (3.2 km) W of Sedgwick, Kansas.
1954 – Under terms of the Geneva Agreement, a flow of almost one million refugees from North to South Vietnam begins.
1955 – Secretary of State John Foster Dulles supports South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem’s position regarding his refusal to hold “national and general elections” to reunify the two Vietnam states. Although these elections were called for by the Geneva Accords of July 1954, Diem and his supporters in the United States realized that if the elections were held, Ho Chi Minh and the more populous north would probably win, thereby reuniting Vietnam under the Communist banner. Accordingly, he refused to hold the elections and the separation of North and South soon became permanent.
1956 - Fourteenth Lockheed U-2A, 56-6687, Article 354, delivered to the Central Intelligence Agency 27 July 1956. Crashed at Groom Lake, Nevada this date during a night training flight, killing pilot Frank G. Grace, Jr. Pilot became disoriented by lights near the end of the runway and flew into a telephone pole.
1956 - Boeing WB-50D Superfortress, 49–315, c/n 16091, "The Golden Heart", (built as a B-50D-115-BO), of the 58th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, out of Eielson AFB, Alaska, crashed early in the morning this date on a sandy island in the Susitna River, 50 miles NW of Anchorage, Alaska, killing all 11 crew. The flight was last heard from at 0302 hrs., local time, when it was over Talkeetna, a check-in station 50 miles N of the ten-mile-long island. The wreckage was found about 5 1/2 hours later by a member of the 71st Air Rescue Squadron. "All that remained when helicopters landed at the crash scene was a smoking pile of rubble."
1957 – USAF Douglas C-124C Globemaster II, 52-1021, operated by the 1st Strategic Squadron, crashes while on an instrument approach to Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas, USA, in bad weather after a flight from Hunter AFB near Savannah, Georgia, USA. 5 aircrew are killed, 10 injured.
1961 – A concrete wall replaced the barbed wire fence that separated East and West Germany, it would be called the Berlin wall.
1962 – The last two ZPG-3W US Navy airships made a ceremonial last flight over Lakehurst — the base log noted, "This flight terminates operation of non-rigid airships at Lakehurst."
1963 - At a meeting of the National Security Council, Paul Kattenburg became the first known American official to propose withdrawal from Vietnam. He had traveled to South Vietnam many times on State Department business in the 1950s and early 1960s, and he became convinced that the regime of Ngo Dinh Diem would never survive and that the Vietcong would ultimately prevail. His recommendation was summarily rejected by Dean Rusk and Robert McNamara, and Kattenburg was promptly cut off from the advisory-decision-making process on Vietnam.
1990 – East & West Germany signed a treaty to reunite legally & politically.
1991 - A Tomahawk missile launched from a warship in the Gulf of Mexico to recover on a target on the test ranges at Eglin AFB, Florida, misses by
100 miles, coming down eight miles E of Jackson, Alabama,
60 miles N of Mobile. "Within minutes of the missile's falling near Jackson, a recovery team arrived by helicopter. Such teams are stationed along the missile's flight path during a test so they can get to a crash scene within 20 minutes no matter where the Tomahawk goes down."
Cause was found to be two incorrect screws used to assemble a tailfin, said Denny Kline, a Pentagon spokesman for the Navy Cruise Missile Project, on 13 December 1991. A screw, rubbing against an actuator coil disabled one of the missile's two fins. "Somebody during assembly put two screws in, which were moderately too long. Well, in fact, in this case extremely too long because it physically made contact with a coil. It was fine for the first one hour and 21 minutes, but over time it wore away the protective coating and got down to the wound part of the coil and shorted it out," said Kline. As a result, one fin worked properly but the other did not when the missile was to make a pre-planned turn causing it to crash in Alabama. The wrong screws were put in by General Dynamics Corp., said Susan Boyd, Pentagon spokeswoman for the missile program. Four Tomahawks have landed in civilian areas since the Navy began the gulf tests in 1985. There have been no injuries.
1781 – French fleet traps British fleet at Yorktown, VA.
1807 – Former U.S. vice president Aaron Burr is acquitted of plotting to annex parts of Louisiana and Spanish territory in Mexico to be used toward the establishment of an independent republic. He was acquitted on the grounds that, though he had conspired against the United States, he was not guilty of treason because he had not engaged in an “overt act,” a requirement of the law governing treason.
1821 – William Becknell led a group of traders from Independence, Mo., toward Santa Fe on what would become the Santa Fe Trail.
1849 – California Constitutional Convention was held in Monterey.
1864 - PSS William V. Gillum was a Union side wheel paddle steamer built in 1855 at New Albany, Indiana and was of 70 tons carrying a cargo of lumber from New Orleans to Matamoras, Mexico. She ran aground and was wrecked in the Gulf of Mexico on the 1st September 1864. Officers and crew were rescued by the Mexican schooner Cory.
1866 – Manuelito, the last Navaho chief, turned himself in at Fort Wingate, New Mexico.
1930 - Curtiss XF6C-6 racer, A-7147, crashes during the Thompson Trophy race in Chicago, Illinois, killing U.S. Marine Corps pilot Capt. Arthur H. Page. The only military entry, Page gained and increased an early lead but on the 17th of 20 laps, crashed to his death, a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Marine flying field at Parris Island, South Carolina, is named Page Field in his honor.
1939 – At 0445 hours German forces invade Poland without a declaration of war.
1941 – U.S. assumes responsibility for trans-Atlantic convoys from Argentia, Canada to the meridian of Iceland. The US Atlantic Fleet announces the formation of the Denmark Strait Patrol. Two heavy cruisers and four destroyers are allocated for to the force. The US Navy is now permitted to escort convoys in the Atlantic containing American merchant vessels.
1942 – A federal judge in Sacramento, Calif., upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.
1943 - "Great Falls, Mont., Sept. 2. (AP) - Ten crew members of a four-engined bomber from the Great Falls army air base, were killed early today when the ship crashed five miles east of Fort Benton, were identified tonight by Capt. John R. Lloyd, base public relations officer, as follows: Sergeant Robert H. Hall, Coldwater, Mich. Sergeant John T. Huff, Cherokee, Kan. Sergeant Carl E. Lower, Van Wert, Ohio Sergeant Chester W. Peko, Throop, Pa. Private First Class Paul Peterson, Colfax, Wis. Sergeant Curio C. Thrementi, Vassar, Mich. Lieutenant Harold L. Wonders, Waterloo, Iowa Lieutenant Warren H. Maginn, Glendale, Los Angeles Lieutenant Jack Y. Fisk, Los Angeles, and Lieutenant Arnold J. Gardiner, New York. The crash occurred during a routine training flight." Boeing B-17F-35-BO Flying Fortress, 42-5128, of the 612th Bomb Squadron, 401st Bomb Group, was flown by Lt. Maginn.
1945 – Americans received word of Japan’s formal surrender that ended World War II. Because of the time difference, it was Sept. 2 in Tokyo Bay, where the ceremony took place.
1950 – US Air Force Captain Iven C. Kincheloe, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, claimed his fifth air-to-air victory in his F-86 Sabre “Ivan” to become the 10th ace of the Korean War. Kincheloe accounted for four MiGs in six days.
1951 – At the Presidio in San Francisco, the US, Australia, and New Zealand signed the ANZUS Pact, a joint security alliance to govern their relations.
1952 - Several tornados sweep across Carswell AFB, Texas destroying Convair B-36B Peacemaker, 44-92051, and damaging 82 others of the 11th Bomb Group, 7th Bomb Wing, including ten at the Convair plant on the other side of the Fort Worth base. Gen. Curtis LeMay is forced to remove the 19th Air Division from the war plan, and the base went on an 84-hour work week until repairs were made. 26 B-36s were returned to Convair for repairs, and the last aircraft deemed repairable was airborne again on 11 May 1953.
1961 – The Soviet Union ended a moratorium on atomic testing with an above-ground nuclear explosion in central Asia.
1970 - A Vought F-8J Crusader, BuNo 150329, of VF-24 suffers ramp strike on the USS Hancock (CVA-19) and explodes during night carrier qualifications, killing Lt. Darrell N. Eggert.
1974 – The SR-71 Blackbird sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London in the time of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds at a speed of 1,435.587 miles per hour (2,310.353 km/h).
1974 - The Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk company demonstrator N671SA crashed while attempting to recover from a roll at too low an altitude during its display at the Farnborough Air Show, United Kingdom, killing its two crew.
1982 – The United States Air Force Space Command is established.
1983 – A Korean Air Lines Boeing 747-230B (HL-7442, flight 007), was shot down over Sakhalin Island by AA-3 Anab missiles fired by a Soviet Su-15 Flagon piloted by Gennadi N. Osipovich. The aircraft was off-course, likely due to a navigation error and had already overflown the Kamchatka Pennisula. All 23 crew and 246 passengers (including US Congressman Lawrence McDonald from Georgia) were killed.
1985 - A U.S. Navy Boeing Vertol CH-46D Sea Knight, BuNo 151918, '72', crashed on takeoff due to an engine failure aboard the destroyer USS Fife (DD-991) in the Indian Ocean. The helicopter struck the Sea Sparrow launcher. Quick response of Fife´s damage control team extinguished the fires and secured the helicopter which was hanging from the side of the destroyer below the helicopter deck. All 16 crew and passengers aboard escaped without major injuries. The helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 11 (HC-11) Det. 6 aboard the combat stores ship USS Mars (AFS-1).
2012 - A USMC McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet crashed in a remote range area of the Fallon Range Training Complex. The pilot ejected from the aircraft safely.
2014 - A United States Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter crashed in the Gulf of Aden whilst attempting to land on USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19). All 25 people on board were rescued.
1789 – Although the United States Treasury Department was founded on September 2, 1789, its roots can be traced back to the American Revolution.
1859 – The solar storm of 1859 (also known as the Carrington Event) affects electrical telegraph service.
1862 - PSS Gypsy was a Union stern wheel paddle steamer of 113 tons. She ran aground and was wrecked in the Sacramento River, 20 miles south of Sacramento, California.
1863 - SS Rinaldo was a Confederate small steamer that was captured by the Union 17th Wis. Infantry Regiment under Col. A. G. Malloy and burned on September 2nd, 1863, at Trinity, Louisiana.
1864 - SS Scioto was a Union screw steamer of 389 tons, built in 1848 at Huron, Ohio that collided with the CSS Arctic on September 2nd, 1864 and sank at Dunkirk, New York.
1940 – Following the agreement made in July and later detailed negotiations, a deal is now ratified between Britain and the USA by which Britain gets 50 old destroyers, veterans of World War I, but desperately needed for escort work, in return for bases granted to the United States in the West Indies and Bermuda.
1943 - "Sioux City, Iowa, Sept. 3. (AP) - All 10 crew members of an army bomber from the Sioux City air base were killed when their plane crashed five miles from the base last night while on a routine training flight. The dead included Second Lieutenant Earl G. Adkinson, Portland, Ore., and Sergeant Robert Hunter, Eufaula, Okla." Consolidated B-24E-25-FO Liberator, 42-7237, c/n 261, of the 703d Bomb Squadron, 445th Bomb Group, flown by Lt. "Atkinson", according to the crash report, crashed one mile E of the base.
1943 - Boeing B-17F-40-VE Flying Fortress, 42-5977, of the 540th Bomb Squadron (Heavy), 383d Bomb Group (Heavy), Geiger Field, Washington, on a routine local flight with three aboard, piloted by Robert P. Ferguson, clips the tops of trees for several blocks, crashes into scrub pines two miles S of Geiger Field and burns. Only three were on the bomber, said a report by Lt. R. E. Reed, public relations officer at the field. Names were withheld pending notification of next of kin.
1944 – Navy pilot George Herbert Walker Bush was shot down by Japanese forces as he completed a bombing run over the Bonin Islands. Bush was rescued by the crew of USS Finback (SS-230) his two crew members, however, died.
1945 – Aboard the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, Japan formally surrenders to the Allies, bringing an end to World War II.
1945 – Hours after Japan’s surrender, Ho Chi Minh declares the independence of Vietnam from France.
The proclamation paraphrased the U.S. Declaration of Independence in declaring, “All men are born equal: the Creator has given us inviolable rights, life, liberty, and happiness!” and was cheered by an enormous crowd gathered in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh Square. It would be 30 years, however, before Ho’s dream of a united Vietnam became reality.
1945 - "The Navy and the Marine Corps last night (7 September) disclosed that a Marine lieutenant flying a Hellcat pursuit plane has been missing in the Mojave Desert since Sunday. Daily searches by Army, Navy and Marine planes have yielded no trace of the missing ship or its pilot, First Lt. Herbert L. Libbey of Tomaston, [sic] Maine. Lieutenant Libbey left Las Vegas, Nev., at 4:15 p.m. Sunday en route to the Marine Corps air base at Mojave. He was last seen flying over Searles Lake, near Trona. -The country between Searles lake and Mojave is sparsely inhabited and includes large tracts not reached by roads or trails. Persons with any clues to the whereabouts of the plane or pilot have been asked to telephone Mojave 140 collect or Franklin 7321 at San Diego. The military search for Lieutenant Libbey has been carried out over a constantly-widening territory, much of it far off of the supposed line of flight. The Navy public information office of the eleventh naval district at San Diego indicated that points as far distant as the Inyo and Colorado deserts and various desert mountain ranges were being searched. No ground hunt has been made." Lt. Libbey had flown F6Fs with VMF-124 from USS Essex (CV-9). F6F-5, BuNo 71033, of VMF-255, wreck found 13 June 1957. 1st Lt. Herbert Lee Libbey lost his life when he crashed 20 miles N of Wildrose Ranger Station in the Panamint mountains.
1958 - A US Air Force C-130A Hercules (60-528) of the 7406 CSS, flying from Adana Turkey, was shot down near Sasnashen, Soviet Armenia, about 55 kilometers northwest of the Armenian capital of Yerevan by Soviet MiG-17 Fresco pilots Gavrilov, Ivanov, Kucheryaev and Viktor Lopatkov. The C-130 was a Sun Valley SIGINT aircraft. The remains of John E. Simpson, Rudy J. Swiestra, Edward J. Jeruss and Ricardo M. Vallareal were returned to the US on September 24, 1958. The remains of the other crew members, Paul E. Duncan, George P. Petrochilos, Arthur L. Mello, Leroy Price, Robert J. Oshinskie, Archie T. Bourg Jr., James E. Fergueson, Joel H. Fields, Harold T. Kamps, Gerald C. Maggiacomo, Clement O. Mankins, Gerald H. Medeiros and Robert H. Moore were recovered in 1998.
1965 – Test pilot John McKay flew the X-15 to 73,091 meters (239,812 feet) and Mach 5.16.
1966 - A U.S. Navy Grumman F-11A Tiger, BuNo 141764, of the Blue Angels aerobatic team, Blue Angel 5, crashes on the shore of Lake Ontario during the International Air Exhibition at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander Richard "Dick" Oliver, 31 years old, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, is killed. Coming out of a knife edge pass, followed by a roll, 5 contacts the lake surface at
500 mph and literally skis across the surface, striking a six-foot high sheet steel piling retaining wall on the edge of Toronto Island Airport and disintegrating. Wreckage (turbine) is thrown as far as 3,483.6 feet from point of initial impact.
1987 - A Schweizer RG-8A, 85-0048, c/n 4, ex-civil registration N3623C, modified Schweizer SGS 2-32 motor glider for U.S. Army Grisly Hunter reconnaissance project. Crashed at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, killing the two-man crew.
1991 – President Bush formally recognized the independence of the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
1993 – The United States and Russia formally ended decades of competition in space by agreeing to a joint venture to build a space station.
1996 – The US launched cruise missiles at selected air defense targets in Iraq to discourage Sadam Hussein’s military moves against a Kurd faction.
2004 – Former YTLX-318 was a US Navy tug that was used as a target 750nm SE of Hilo, Hawaii.
Mahackeno: An Old Camp For A New Age
Mahackeno — the Westport Weston Family YMCA camp just south of the Bedford Center — has a long, storied history.
It’s as old as the Merritt Parkway. And as new as the work currently be done there, not far from the Saugatuck River site.
The Y opened its camp in 1938. Six years later they were offered 30 acres of land — including the site of the present camp.
Enjoying the Saugatuck River, at Camp Mahackeno back in the day.
F.T. Bedford — son of the Y’s founder, Edward T. Bedford — said his family’s trust would pay half the price, provided the town ponied up the other half.
Within a few weeks, Westporters pledged their portion: $10,000.
In March of 1945, the Y took possession of the property. That summer, 72 boys attended “Camp Bedford.” One of the highlights: a rope swing, dangling from the nearby Merritt Parkway.
A year later — at F.T. Bedford’s request — the name was changed to “Mahackeno.” That honored “Mahackemo” (with an “m”), a sachem (chief) of the Norwalke Indian tribe who in 1639 met Roger Ludlowe and traded land between the Saugatuck and Norwalk Rivers — including that very spot — for wampum and other goods.
Over the years, Camp Mahackeno grew. It added girls, a pool and other amenities. It (reluctantly) packed away the rope swing (and an enormous military-style float that it’s a miracle no one ever drowned underneath.
Summer Camp has been part of growing up for decades. In 1953, Westport artist Stevan Dohanos used Camp Mahackeno for this Saturday Evening Post cover.
This year, Mahackeno opened its new, now 34-acre facility. After a year of construction there’s a new amphitheater, archery range, climbing walls, 2 slides and 5 rainy-day pavilions.
A counselor gives an assist at a new climbing wall.
The basketball court, Beck Lodge and swimming pool have been renovated (with a new splash pad too). Playing fields were leveled.
The refurbished pool. Y members can register to swim for one hour slots on weekends.
Every tree of 8 calipers or more has been replaced by 2 new trees. Oh, yeah: the port-a-potties are shielded too.
Westport Weston Family Y CEO Pat Riemersma checks out one of several new wood chip paths.
250 or so boys and girls attend one or more of 9 week-long sessions. This being a pandemic, they remain in strict groups of 10, with the same (masked) counselor all week.
Scroll down for some photos of Camp Mahackeno, 2020. It’s not 1938 — but then again, what is?
Between canoe sessions, a counselor sanitizes railings.
Gaga is a ground-level form of dodgeball.
Two new slides are a huge hit.
The new amphitheater seats 360 campers and staff members.
No camp is complete without an archery range.
The newly renovated basketball court gets plenty of action.
Rainy day pavilions: shelter from the storm.
18 responses to &ldquo Mahackeno: An Old Camp For A New Age &rdquo
What a well done historical perspective you’ve provided Dan, it sure is a special place. What a much needed transformation has taken place at the former Camp Bedford!. Congrats to the Y staff and volunteer leadership for another job well done. And special thanks to Ruth Bedford for having the confidence that this YMCA would perform great miracles with her generous gift she left behind, and they sure have. Where are all the “nay-sayers” now who battled and defamed the YMCA and the volunteer leaders for so many years, while costing their town and the YMCA many valuable dollars? Even after a sales agreement for the former location was signed and sealed, (and look what that has become?) they continued to verbally assault the many dedicated volunteers who persevered because of the vision they all had of what could be. Those short-sighted critics continued on with one goal only, and that was to make sure this treasured organization would fail which would have caused this YMCA to fold and cease to exist. I am so proud of the small part that I, and the many other dedicated and talented YMCA staff who came before me and who are working there now, was blessed to have played in what currently is one of the most beautiful and mission-driven YMCAs in our country. “Well done, Good and Faithful Servants!”
My kids both went the first week and one of my kids is also attending Mahackeno this week. We did not take the decision lightly. The good news: I’ve seen what an impact some level of (safer) connection and (spread out) group activity can provide. I think the dozens of precautions the Y has taken has made this as safe as it can be, and still be camp. I signed them up after hearing the NPR news story about Y camps. I also knew our Y had months of planning to open the new camp and wellness facilities safely. They’ve been beyond careful…and have the luxury of space.
My kids both went the first week and one of my kids is also attending Mahackeno this week. We did not take the decision lightly. The good news: I’ve seen what an positive impact some level of (safer) connection and (spread out) group activity can provide. I think the dozens of precautions the Y has taken has made this as safe as it can be, and still be camp. I signed them up after hearing the NPR news story about Y camps. I also knew our Y had months of planning to open the new camp and wellness facilities safely. They’ve been beyond careful…and have the luxury of space.
How fortuitous that this new beautiful space is open just when families need it most. A wonderful renovation and 34 acres of creatively used outdoor space means that kids can get some fun in after months at home. The Y really stepped up, modifying virtually every aspect of camp for these Covid times. Kudos to the counselors smiling (behind their masks) at kids each day, and to the kids for adding joy to the new Camp Mahackeno. We all needed something to smile about!
This is a wonderful historical view of the Y. Kudos to YMCA staffers and everyone responsible who make the camp experience safe for our children at this crucial time in their lives for social and physical activity.
The Y did such a wonderful job with Camp Mahackeno, thoughtfully incorporating the much needed updates into the camp’s natural surroundings overlooking Lee’s Pond…
Thank You Bedford Family and all other donors…Generations Start Here…for the next 100 years!
My children (now 29/27) attended Camp for many years including the younger being part of the CIT program. They loved it and have memories that will last a life time! I was fortunate to have a tour in June with Pat and my 27 year old daughter. It was fun to watch my daughter’s expression as she was in total amazement at the transformation. And yes-she too had a ride down the slide and was giggling at the end. Her final comment was that she wished she could go back now as a camper!
And yes, I too can see the counselors smiling behind their masks! Congratulations to the Y. And I agree, at least for my family, Generations Do Start Here!
The Camp was Downshifters HQ during the winter. We worked on our cars (my ‘38 Ford Deluxe). We had welding tanks, and kept a pretty clean shop.
I think we called the big inflatable raft that was a waterfront feature for so many years “Moby Dick.” It was great fun to play on and around. I got all my swimming proficiency badges at Camp M. “minnow”, “fish,” “flying fish” and “shark.” Many years later a train with a special car attached picked us up at the Saugatuck train station and took us up to New Haven to the Selective Service induction center where we were all poked, prodded and otherwise evaluated for service in Viet Nam. The great thing about what would have otherwise been a very sobering experience was that many of my old buddies form Camp M. that I hadn’t seen for years were on that same train! Fortunately, everyone I knew was either exempt or came home alive.
Hidden history all around city
1 of 3 Astrid Stephenson of Norwalk, dressed in Colonial attire, points out the British Cannonball on Hillside place while she participates in a "Scavenger Hunt of Norwalk History" for her history class at Roton Middle School recently. Contributed Photo Show More Show Less
2 of 3 Roton Middle School students (l to r) David Civil, Ralph Manigat, Pierre Coffy, Kyle Davis, Jean Duron, Anthony Bombace and Emmanuel Valdovinos bring history to life at the Roger Ludlow Monument in East Norwalk during a "Scavenger Hunt of Norwalk History" for their eighth-grade history class. Contributed Photo Show More Show Less
Wendy Allen and her husband were amazed by the number of historical monuments in Norwalk that they've driven by repeatedly and never noticed in the 10 years they have lived in the city.
They recently got a history lesson when their daughter, Astrid, participated in a Scavenger Hunt of Norwalk History for her eighth-grade history class at Roton Middle School.
"I thought this was a wonderful project," Allen said. "Astrid was so excited about this assignment that she borrowed period-style clothing from my parents and actually dressed up. Going around town it was fun to watch people watch her and her friends exploring the various monuments and pose for photos."
Astrid's teacher, Dean Vaccaro, said that he and Robert Pennington have been having their students participate in this scavenger hunt around this time of year for the last four years.
For the project, students explore historic landmarks and monuments in the city that pertain to the founding of Norwalk and to the Burning of Norwalk during the American Revolution. Afterward, the students have to answer questions about the monuments.
"They have to visit the sites and have parents take an interactive `living history' picture of them playing a role, such as the role of a patriot at Calf Pasture Beach, spotting the 70 British ships approaching," Vaccaro said via email. "What is especially important about this is that parents learn about Norwalk history right along with their kids.
"So many parents tell me that they have lived here their whole lives and have driven by these landmarks and markers forever without ever knowing of their existence or relevance. So many Norwalkers do not much about the great history of this city."
The required sites for the living history project are the Roger Ludlow Monument in East Norwalk, the founding of Norwalk sign on Wall Street near Mill Hill Historic Park, the "British Invasion" placard at Calf Pasture, the Grumman's Hill Daughters of the American Revolution monument in front of the Norwalk Inn, and the Battle of the Rocks DAR monument near West Rocks Road.
Extra-credit sites include the British Cannonball and Flax Hill Monument on Hillside Place behind former Ben Franklin School, the Founding of Norwalk DAR Monument next to the East Norwalk train station, and the mural of Roger Ludlow and Chief Mahackemo in City Hall.
Hotel life returns to South Norwalk with 'sky bar' and freebies
From a rooftop deck this week overlooking Norwalk Harbor, Tom Rich reflected on South Norwalk&rsquos heyday when trains and trolleys dropped off visitors at SoNo venues like Hotel Mahackemo and the Clifford Hotel, just a stone&rsquos throw away.
Rich sees SoNo setting up for fresh glory days of prosperity &mdash and aims his newest development to be at the center of it all.
The Residence Inn by Marriott&mdashSoNo opens its doors at 3 p.m. Thursday, it&rsquos daily check-in time, with the South Main Street hotel offering about 100 suites geared toward travelers looking for kitchenettes as part of extended stays.
It is Norwalk&rsquos first new, full-service lodging venue since the 2013 opening of Hotel Zero Degrees just south of the Merritt Parkway on Main Avenue. And it is South Norwalk&rsquos first since the closure of the Roger Ludlow Hotel, built in the late 19th century as the Hotel Mahackemo on the corner North Main Street and Washington Street by real estate investor Dudley Ely, who served as South Norwalk&rsquos first mayor when it was incorporated in 1870.
It is the second big project in South Norwalk the past few years for the Stamford-based developer F.D. Rich along with the SoNo Pearl apartments around the corner on Washington Street. It represents as well F.D. Rich&rsquos second collaboration with Bethesda, Md.-based Marriott International, after building a Courtyard by Marriott that is among downtown Stamford&rsquos signature buildings.
CEO Tom Rich told Hearst Connecticut Media that his firm acquired the property prior the the 2008 recession as part of a larger South Norwalk portfolio.
&ldquoBased on our experience developing the Courtyard by Marriott . we had an idea that because of the high (walkability) of this neighborhood and proximity to the waterfront and Maritime Aquarium and restaurants, that a hotel here would be a good idea and targeted this site for it,&rdquo Rich said. &ldquoNorwalk itself is on an upward trajectory &mdash the office markets are pretty good (and) the hotel markets here are stronger than they are in Stamford.&rdquo
As the new Norwalk hotel neared completion in April, it was one of more than 1,575 hotels under construction nationally as tracked by Henderson, Tenn.-based STR, a 10 percent increase from a year ago.
&ldquoSomething like 20 percent of the hotels under construction (are) heading towards our brand,&rdquo said Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson two weeks ago on a conference call with investment analysts. &ldquoYou can see investors &mdash owners of real-estate &mdash moving with their feet, because I think they see the strength of (Marriott).&rdquo
Free breakfast, quintuple-paned glass
As designed by Norwalk-based Beinfield Architecture and F.D. Rich, the Residence Inn Norwalk is dominated by a soaring, street-level foyer where guests can congregate with bar and food service. And atop the hotel, another &ldquosky bar&rdquo will serve patrons on a rooftop deck still under construction, with seating looking out across South Norwalk and the harbor entrance to Long Island Sound. The hotel includes a restaurant open to the general public.
The Residence Inn by Marriott is only the latest addition to South Norwalk during an extraordinary period of development, the most visible being the SoNo Collection mall under construction just off Interstate 95, but with several new apartment buildings having opened the past few years and more on the way, including F.D. Rich&rsquos Harbourside SoNo on Water Street ready to begin construction in June in partnership with the Norwalk firms Spinnaker Real Estate Partners and Fuller Development.
On the South Norwalk corner once dominated by the grand edifice of the Hotel Mahackemo, the 50 Washington Street high-rise represents the lone major office structure.
But F.D. Rich CEO Tom Rich believes that the Residence Inn Norwalk will draw plenty of business travelers &mdash it is unmatched among Connecticut Marriott properties for proximity to Metro-North, with the South Norwalk Transportation Center just three blocks away opposite the city&rsquos train station &mdash as well as leisure visitors.
In addition to the kitchenettes, the Norwalk hotel includes the usual smorgasbord of Residence Inn amenities, to include conference space, free breakfast, free grocery delivery, a fitness room and a pet-friendly policy. And it includes a few other perks, to include a gaming area that will include a billiards table overlooking the main lobby quintuple-paned windows and extra sheet rock and insulation in walls to minimize noise and top-floor suites that open to exterior balconies with vistas overlooking the harbor.
The new hotel has a staff of about 25 led by general manager Dawn Gasper, who worked previously at the Residence Inn Shelton, one of a dozen Residence Inn locations in Connecticut including Danbury, Milford and Stamford.
&ldquoWe&rsquore running into June which is our busy month and we&rsquove already hit our goal for our special corporate (reservations),&rdquo Gasper said.
Yachts For Sale In Norwalk
City of Norwalk&rsquos harbor and beautiful coastline with offshore islands entice boaters to visit from all over the East Coast. Just minutes from marinas, yacht clubs, and town Visitors Docks are family-friendly attractions, fine dining, high-end shopping, and nightlife in the revitalized, trendy SoNo (South Norwalk) area. Located in southwest Connecticut on the Long Island Sound in Fairfield County, Norwalk&rsquos Norwalk River runs 20 miles south to form Norwalk Harbor where it flows into the Sound. The mouth of the river, from Wall Street to the south, shapes the Harbor. Called &ldquoThe Jewel of Long Island Sound,&rdquo much of Norwalk&rsquos history centers on the Harbor, as one of the most important areas for recreational boating and commercial shellfisheries, among other water-dependent activities. The century-old oystering industry of Norwalk endures to this day.
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Norwalk was settled in 1649 and incorporated in 1651 on land east of Norwalk River purchased from Chief Mahackemo of the Algonquian-speaking Norwaake Indians in 1640. In the Battle of Norwalk during the Revolutionary War, most of the town was burned. In 1836, the borough of Norwalk was formed encompassing the central area of town. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Norwalk was a major stop on the New York-New Haven & Hartford Railroad. In 1910, the City of Norwalk and other parts of the Town of Norwalk were combined to form the current City of Norwalk. Preservation efforts led to the creation of Washington Street Historical District in South Norwalk.
Today there are 15 marinas, 13 private clubs with marina facilities, and 5 commercial port facilities that collectively offer over 1800 boat slips and over 500 mooring locations for recreational vessels in the Harbor. During the 1800s the area near Wall Street where the first commercial wharves were located, was the hub of the City. The &ldquoGreat Bridge&rdquo over the Norwalk River was where E. Lockwood & Sons had their mercantile establishment and wharf from where they shipped to all major East Coast ports and the West Indies. In the mid-1950s, major hurricanes flooded the Norwalk Harbor and much of the Wall Street business district was destroyed, to the point of changing the City&rsquos appearance. The Connecticut Thruway was built across the Norwalk River in 1958. For years, a site on the west bank south of the I-95 bridge was used as a garbage and landfill site but has now been transformed into a beautiful waterfront park&mdashOyster Shell Park, a component of Greater Norwalk Heritage Parks. The Federal Navigation Channel extends to the Wall Street area.
The Norwalk Islands are a 6-mile-long archipelago of low-lying islands and partially submerged boulders, reefs, and mudflats located about a mile off Norwalk&rsquos coast and southwest Westport, in the Long Island Sound. The Islands offer a range of recreational activities such as camping, boating, kayaking, swimming, clamming, and bird watching and are Norwalk&rsquos &ldquonatural summer playground.&rdquo About half dozen islands are privately owned, some are owned by the City of Norwalk and the Town of Westport (Cockenoe Island), and others are part of the Stewart B McKinney Wildlife Refuge. Various laws and Acts protect the islands that are a prime nesting site for migrating birds like ospreys, egrets, herons, terns, gulls, cormorants, American oystercatchers, and piping plovers. 57-acre Sheffield Island features hiking trails and the Sheffield Island Lighthouse built in 1868 and added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1969. It is also the wintering ground for harbor seals.
Sheffield Island is maintained by the Norwalk Seaport Association and is open to the public. For a nominal landing fee, boaters can drop-off and pick-up visitors at the dock. Norwalk Parks & Recreation manages Shea Island and Grassy Island with 16 campsites (seasonal May-Sept) a permit must be obtained. Copps and Betts Islands are privately owned. Tavern Island, also privately owned, was reputedly used by rumrunners in the 1920s. Chimon, Goose, and Sheffield Islands are part of the Stewart B McKinney National Wildlife Refuge system. Kayakers can launch from Calf Pasture Beach to paddle the Norwalk Island Canoe & Kayak Trail. Boaters can launch at Norwalk City ramp and Visitors Docks for boating to the islands.
The non-profit Norwalk Seaport Association was founded in 1978 by a group of local citizens with a common vision to revitalize South Norwalk and preserve Norwalk&rsquos maritime heritage. To increase awareness of Norwalk Harbor and raise funds for the non-profit, Norwalk Seaport Assoc. held the first Oyster Festival in 1978. Today the Oyster Festival is a major event, drawing an average of 90,000 and bringing $5million to the local economy and has expanded to become a community service event, benefitting other non-profits&rsquo missions. Norwalk Seaport Assoc. is the keeper of the Sheffield Islands Lighthouse. The historic lighthouse and cottage were added to the NRHP in 1989. Visitors can take the Norwalk Seaport&rsquos ferry&mdasha 49ft catamaran, to Sheffield Island to tour the historic Light during the May &ndash September season.
The Oyster Festival is held the weekend after Labor Day at Norwalk&rsquos Veterans&rsquo Park. This 43-year annual tradition is a 3-day weekend community event featuring fresh oysters and other popular food, craft beer, carnival rides, arts & crafts vendors, and much more. Oysters have been cultivated in Norwalk since the late 1800s and Norwalk became known as &ldquoOyster Town&rdquo and the oyster capital of the world! The industry crashed in the 1950s due to a series of storms and hurricanes that ravaged the oyster beds along with a waning demand for new oyster seed. Many oyster companies went out of business. In 1972 Bloom Brothers bought Tallmadge Brothers Oyster Company (established 1975) and was able to rebuild the Norwalk oyster industry as a top producer once again.
The Connecticut shoreline has more tributary rivers per linear mile than any other region of the United States, creating unique geographical features that are ideal for oysters to thrive. The intertidal flats and shoreline that oysters and other shellfish inhabit, provided a rich source of protein for Native American Tribes&mdashattested to by the myriads of shell mounds that were uncovered by archeologists. For European settlers, oysters were more than a valuable food source, they were also traded, beginning the commercial shellfish industry in the cold, nutrient-rich waters along the coast of Connecticut. Demand for the high-quality oysters led to the threat of overfishing and the industry had to be managed and cultivated. At its peak in 1911, Connecticut&rsquos oyster production topped at 25 million pounds, surpassing the combined production of its neighboring states.
Copps Island Oysters, founded in Norwalk by Norm Bloom & Son LLC in 1994, started as a one-boat operation with a crew of three. Norm learned the business of harvesting and farming oysters from his father, Norman Sr and uncle, Hillard Bloom (twin brothers) who revived the Tallmadge Brothers Oyster Co. (est. 1875) which they had purchased in 1972. Norm Sr had previously purchased unoccupied grounds to rehabilitate the industry and create new market demand. Tallmadge expanded to control 22,000 acres of shellfish grounds from Greenwich to New Haven and 2,000 acres in Delaware Bay. After Norm Jr&rsquos father passed away in 1989, Norm decided to branch out on his own and in 20 years became one of the largest privately held oyster farms on the east coast of the United States. His son and daughter joined him in business and are looking to continue the Bloom family oystering legacy.
Boaters can Dock & Dine at SoNo Seaport Seafood on the Norwalk Harbor waterfront. Established in 1984, this restaurant and fish market offers slips for small to mid-size boats, though larger vessels can dock at nearby Norwalk Visitor&rsquos Dock (fee) and walk or dinghy over to the restaurant. Indoor or outdoor family-style dining. Serves a typical seafood menu, ranging from steamed lobster dinners to whole belly fried clams, and other favorites such as fresh local oysters, shrimp calamari, steamers, chowder, lobster rolls, king crab legs, fish & chips, hamburgers, sandwiches, and more.
South Norwalk (SoNo) was once a rundown area in 1970s with vacant buildings about to be demolished. A community group formed the South Norwalk Revitalization Project to save the area and by 1977 a downtown historic district was developed, protecting 35 buildings from destruction, and in 1988, a former iron works factory on the Norwalk River was transformed into The Maritime Aquarium, a primary SoNo attraction. Today the area is an upscale, desirable destination with great restaurants, luxury condos, SkyZone Trampoline Park, Bow Tie Regent Cinemas, and SoNo Collection, a high-end experience-driven shopping mall.
A popular historical attraction is the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion built in 1864-68 for railroad and banking tycoon, LeGrand Lockwood. This Victorian-era Second Empire style country residence is a 44,000 sq ft mansion with 62 rooms and is one of the earliest and best surviving examples of the Second Empire style ever built in America. It was listed on the NRHP in 1978 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is located at 295 West Ave in Mathews Park, a recreational area with two museums and public tennis courts. It was used as location footage for the TV Series, &ldquoDark Shadows&rdquo (1966-1971) and the 2004 remake of the film, &ldquoStepford Wives.&rdquo
The estate was sold to Charles & Rebecca Mathews in 1876 four years after Lockwood&rsquos untimely death in 1872. The Mathews family resided in the mansion until 1938, and in 1941, it was sold to the City of Norwalk and designated a public park. The immense building was set to be demolished in the 1960s, but citizens united in a major preservation effort and succeeded in saving the historic mansion in 1965, that became the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum of Norwalk, Inc. a non-profit corporation.
Norwalk&rsquos Visitor Docks with mooring and docking, offers transient daily and seasonal dockage. Season opened April 16, 2021. Dockmaster is on duty to collect fees&mdashdaily $40. Apply for seasonal dockage. Conveniently located within minutes to fine dining, nightlife, shopping, boutiques, museums, Maritime Aquarium & 6-story IMAX theater, library with free Wi-Fi, and more.
Norwalk Cove Marina Inc, located at 48 Calf pasture Beach Road, is a top-notch full-service marina and repair facility in a well-protected, deep water basin at the mouth of Norwalk Harbor. Features 400 slips on well-maintained floating docks, piers, and ramps. Accommodates vessels up to 138ft LOA. Fuel dock with high-speed pumps offers ValvTect gas and diesel and pump-out services. Dockmaster and security guard on premises. Amenities include private showers & restrooms, laundry facilities, WiFi & cable TV, picnic and BBQ areas, mini golf course, The Galley Waterfront Café and seasonal Sunset Grill on site, Ships Store & Nautical gift Boutique, and complimentary shuttle to South Norwalk restaurants, museums, Metro North Train station, and grocery stores. 30 & 50amp, 100amp single phase, and 100am 3-phase Shore Power is available (fees apply). Marina is across the street from Calf Pasture Public Beach, dog park, and town tennis courts. Norwalk Cove Marina offers Travelifts up to 150 tons and experienced staff of mechanics and technicians for repairs and maintenance. Apply on website or call. Restaurant dockage is $1/ft for 4 hours&mdashcall in advance of arrival.
Norwalk Yacht Club, located at 10 Nathan Hale Drive, is a casual, family-oriented sailing club established 1894 inside Greens Ledge Light in a quiet cove with a small beach. The membership club has a long tradition of racing and cruising. Marina consists of a total of 130 slips including 6 transient slips and moorings. Accommodates vessels up to 5ft LOA. Dockside depth is 8ft. Fuel dock offers diesel and gas. Amenities include water, restrooms & showers, ice, picnic tables, and grills. The marina has a 4-ton and 1-ton travel lift for launch service. The mooring field opens in May (commissioned season to Oct.) for sail and power boats of varying drafts. Visitors of reciprocal clubs are welcome to rent guest moorings. To reserve, call or book via Dockwa.com. The village of Rowayton is an easy walk from the Norwalk Yacht Club and conveniently located for kayaking and paddling to the Norwalk Islands, Village Creek, and Farm Creek. Rowayton and historic SoNo district are easily accessible by cab.
Wilson Cove Yacht Club is a membership yacht club set in a small, protected harbor in the Rowayton area of Norwalk, located under a mile from open waters of Long Island Sound. The WCYC maintains club facilities at The Boatworks marina, a full-service yacht yard with 100 deep-water slips on floating docks. Dockside depth is 6ft and marina can accommodate vessels up to 50ft LOA. The marina offers great views of the Norwalk Islands and Long Island Sound. Amenities include 30 & 50amp electric, water, ice, grills, security, and pet friendly. Restrooms and showers are on the ground floor of the facility that features a second story party room with bar service, microwave, sound system, and wrap around deck.
The Boatworks marina has a 35-ton travel lift (max. 18ft beam), 17-ton crane, and full repair service (hull, engines, props). During the 1920s and 1930s, the northernmost area of Wilson Cove was a shallow tidal basin used mostly by commercial vessels for activities like ice harvesting&mdashice was used to keep things cold before refrigeration. Harvested ice was transported from Wilson Cove to Oyster Bay on Long Island for distribution to Long Island and New York City. On the return, coal was transported for distribution to Fairfield County.
Oyster Bend Yacht Club & Marina at 23 Platt Street has 75 slips with 6 transient slips on fixed docks. Maximum slip width is 15ft and can accommodate boats with up to 36ft LOA. Dockside depth is 6ft and tide range is 8ft. Channel depth is 6ft. Amenities include 50amp and 110v electric, water, restrooms and showers, and gated docks. Pet friendly. Located in a well-protected area up the Norwalk River on the right bank of Norwalk Harbor, past Washington Street traffic and Metro North Railroad bridges, across from Oyster Shell Park. OBYC offers daily, seasonal, and annual rates go to Dockwa.com to apply for a seasonal lease. Services, fuel, and restaurants are nearby.
Total Marine of Norwalk, located at 160 Water Street, has 90 slips with 10 transient slips on floating docks for vessels up to 80ft LOA. Dockside depth is 9ft approach is 15ft. Amenities include 30 & 50amp electric, restrooms, and showers.
Mahackemo YTB-223 - History
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In 1826 the Sheffield Island Light was illuminated by oil on what was then known as"Smith Island" in Long Island Sound off the coast of Norwalk. In 1857 the light was equipped with a fourth order Fresnel lens. Then in 1868 the lighthouse structure was rebuilt as a stone tower. [ 20 ]
In 1836 the central area around Wall Street and the Green was incorporated as the Borough of Norwalk with an area slightly smaller than the present day First taxing district. [ 21 ] [ 22 ]
In January 1849 the New York and New Haven Railroad began operating between its nominal terminal citiesthrough Norwalk. In 1852 the Danbury and Norwalk Railroad connected Norwalk with Danbury. The South Norwalk station was used by both railroads. The first major U.S. railroad bridge disaster occurred in Norwalk in 1853. The engineer, Edward Tucker, carelessly neglected to check the open drawbridge signal as his one hundred and fifty passenger train approached the Norwalk River. He only realized the bridge was up within about four hundred feet of the gap, which proved to be insufficient to stop the train. The engineer and the fireman jumped from the train and then the locomotive, two baggage cars (the latter also a car for smokers) and two and a half passenger cars (the third car split when the train finally came to a stop) went plunging off the tracks into the river. Forty-six people drowned or were crushed to death, and an approximately thirty people were more or less severely injured. [ 23 ] Tucker, who survived, never overcame his feelings of guilt, and five years later committed suicide [ 24 ] . By 1872 the NY&NE merged with the Hartford and New Haven Railroad to form the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad which lasted until its merger with Penn Central in 1969. The Housatonic Railroad leased the D&N in 1887. The Housatonicwas then purchased by the NYNH&H in 1892 and the D&N became the Danbury Branch of that railroad.
Norwalk is reputed to have been one of the stops on the northward land route of the Underground Railroad. Several trunk lines emanated from New York City, a central point in the escape route, which one passing through Greenwich, Darien, Norwalk, and Wilton. Several era-houses still standing have secret chambers or passageways that could have been used to hide runaways but no documentation exists that identifies one particular house or even one area. However, tradition states that a house at 69 East Avenue was Norwalk’s stop on the Railroad. 
Oyster farming in Norwalk peaked from the late 1800s to the early part of the 20th century. By 1880, Norwalk had the largest fleet of steam-powered oyster boats in the world, its fishermen having made the change from sails only a few years before.  Although eventually overfishing pushed Norwalk's industry into a decline, a renaissance has been occurring since the later part of the last century, although eastern oyster diseases Dermo and MSX remain a problem for the industry. [ 25 ]
In 1871 the area known formerly known as Old Well was chartered by the state legislature as the City of South Norwalk. In 1893 the Borough of Norwalk was reincorporated as the City of Norwalk and at that time both cities were wholly within and subject to jurisdiction by the Town of Norwalk. [ 26 ] [ 27 ]
In 2002 Norwalk Superior Court was the location of the extensive media covered trial of Michael Skakel for the murder of Martha Moxley in 1975. After a four-week trial, Skakel was convicted on June 7 for the crime. On October 23, 2013, Skakel was granted a new trial by a Connecticut judge who ruled that Sakel's attorney failed to adequately represent him when he was convicted in 2002. Subsequently, On November 21, 2013, Skakel was released on a $1.2 million bond along with other conditions. In December 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court reinstated Skakel's murder conviction with a 4-3 majority decision.
On Sunday May 25, 2008, the last service at the First United Methodist Church of Norwalk was held prior to a deconsecration ceremony that marked the end of the church use of the distinctive yellow brick building at 39 West Avenue. The Methodist congregation had been formed in 1789 during the visit by Jesse Lee, but is survived by three other Methodist churches in the city.