Loss of Greenwich Point tower shouldn’t be forgotten

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

The sentry is gone for no good reason. I saw it weather countless storms and it weathered many before I knew it. But the coastal watch tower could not weather the “indifferent gentrification of Greenwich Point.”

We have lost a landmark that I know visually gave a nobility to Tod’s Point/Greenwich Point. I saw a “nobility in the tower” that no amount of gentrification and/or money could create.

Every time I saw it while driving into the Point it gave me a proud feeling because it, in its very being, visually shouted out “a heroic honor.” It was “a veteran of a more noble time,” a time that I fear will never surface again.

The coastal watch tower at Greenwich Point was torn down for no good reason and I know there are excuses in Town Hall. Yet, there is no excuse that can justify the tower’s destruction for it was a piece of American history.

I have stayed in Greenwich and my Family moved to Greenwich because of the Point.

And now the pain of the loss of our tower makes me turn around and head home every time I start to approach the last leg of Tod’s Driftway. The entrance comes into sight but there is no longer “the mighty tower sentry that I knew so well for so long.

Over the years, I have seen so much lost both aesthetically and historic from our great Greenwich landscape. Now, with the loss of the tower, it is just too painful. I see the loss of this tower as an issue that cannot be dropped.

With the loss of this civil defense tower, to me, a Catholic and a symbolic marriage of nature and man’s will to defend itself and fight for freedom has been broken. It has been broken and lost and, with all the gentrification of what is supposed to be the Greenwich Point Nature Preserve, enough is enough.

All this undoing of a natural spot may be the work of a few and I tell you that every time you enter Greenwich Point you  should yell, “Bring back our sentry.”

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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