Don’t miss the Greenwich Historical Society’s exhibition, Enjoying the Country Life: Greenwich’s Great Estates, running through August 31. For hours and admission information, visit http://greenwichhistory.org/visit.php.
By 1921 Greenwich, Connecticut had the highest per capita income in the country. How did what was once a quiet, rural, coastal community of farmers, shopkeepers and oystermen become an enclave for the rich and powerful that would rival Newport, Rhode Island in wealth? This exhibition draws on the Greenwich Historical Society’s collection of clothing, photographs and objects to explore the era between 1880 and 1930–a period marked by unbridled spending by America’s elite to build estates of staggering proportions–to examine how the transformation impacted the people and cultural landscape of the town to this day.