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Encyclopedia > Southport (Fairfield)

The Southport area of Fairfield, Connecticut (settled in 1639) has been designated as a historic district for its harbor, churches, public buildings, and the homesteads of some of the first families. Image File history File links I made this. ... Fairfield is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ...

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Southport, Connecticut 06890 (formerly 06490)

In the Eighteenth Century, Mill River village was a small hamlet (still part of Fairfield) of a few houses and a wharf at the mouth of Fairfield's Mill River. By 1831 the village had changed its name to Southport and was a bustling commercial area with warehouses, churches, schools, stores and elegant houses. Southport became a leading coastal port on Long Island Sound, its ships carrying produce and goods back and forth to New York City. A measure of its success is the fact that throughout the 1800s it possessed the only two banks in town. However, competition from steamboats and the railroad took its toll on prosperity. Resourceful shippers teamed with local farmers and businessmen to keep the port going; the Southport onion, a high quality onion was developed and grown on Fairfield's hills and shipped in Southport market boats, keeping the harbor profitable until the end of the century. Today, much of the old village area is part of an historic district, where buildings from three centuries are protected for future generations.


Information is courtesy of The Fairfield Historical Society, 636 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824


Southport was the setting for Sloan Wilson's novel The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. Sloan Wilson (8 May 1920 - 25 May 2003) was an American author. ... The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, by Sloan Wilson, is a novel about the American search for purpose in world dominated by business. ...


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Southport remains an serene enclave where traditional living remains both cherished and espoused. Recent developments include the long-awaited re-opening of the historic Mill River Bridge (@2006), Old-time Wharf/Boatyard revitalization along with the reknown Annual Pequot Library Book Sale held each summer on the grounds of this architectural gem. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Anatole Broyard (July 16, 1920–October 11, 1990) was an American literary critic for The New York Times. ... John Fellows Akers (born 1934) is a U.S. computer businessman. ...


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