Biking tour illustrates Point history

Pedal your way through history on June 23 at 2 p.m. when the second annual History on Wheels family bike tour will take place at Greenwich Point in partnership with the town’s Experience the Sound festival.

Participants will cycle around the point, stopping along the way to engage with historians and naturalists to discover how the idyllic 19th Century island estate, built by millionaire J. Kennedy Tod on the original 1640 Greenwich founders’ Elizabeth’s Neck, evolved into a beloved recreational facility.

While pedaling along, people will learn about Mr. Tod’s original beachfront golf course, the historic “Chimes” and other remaining buildings, how the eagle statue came to stand guard over the estate’s pond and much more. You’ll also hear stories and see photographs from the Historical Society Archives taken at different times in the park’s history.

Mr. Tod built a 40-room mansion, a road system and a nine-hole golf course on his estate. When he died and the town bought the Point for $550,000 in 1945, the mansion was remodeled into apartments for returning veterans. Today the structure no longer stands but the history lives on.

The tour is open to bike-riding singles, families and children over the age of seven who are able to ride a bike. Kids will enjoy their very own scavenger hunt as part of the tour.

Experience the Sound is co-sponsored by the Greenwich Shellfish Commission and To The Point, whose aim is to expand the community’s awareness of coastal marine life, nature, outdoor recreational pursuits and the environment by showcasing local organizations and educational institutions that care for and promote them.

Gather at Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point to participate in the tour. Bring bikes and wear helmets (water bottles are also recommended). Participation is free but a valid park pass is required.

To reserve space, call 203-869-6899, ext. 10. For more information visit greenwichhistory.org.

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