Bush-Holley House to be featured on CPTV

Connecticut has an abundance of unique landmarks and Greenwich’s own Bush-Holley House is one such gem that will be featured on this week’s edition of Connecticut Public Television’s (CPTV) Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures.

Premiering on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m., with an encore broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 10:30 p.m., viewers can tune in and learn the history behind the Bush-Holley House.

The building, located in Cos Cob, is a historical landmark in Fairfield County. Built between 1728 and 1730, the home was bought in 1738 by Greenwich farmer and Town Selectman Justus Bush. He later passed the home on to his son David, who built and operated a tide mill there, as the home was strategically built on the Cos Cob Harbor leading to Long Island Sound. When David’s son, Justus Luke Bush, took over the house, he continued to run the mill and built a storehouse next to the main house.

In 1848, the ownership of the house was passed from the Bush family to Josephine and Edward Holley. With its sparkling harbors, streams, stone fences and beautiful pastures, Cos Cob began attracting artists in search of landscape subjects. Impressionist painters like John Henry Twachtman settled in Greenwich, drawn to the town’s rural setting and proximity to New York City, where he taught.

The Holleys began operating the house as a boardinghouse for artists in 1882. Mr. Twachtman began teaching art students in Cos Cob over the summer, and Cos Cob quickly became Connecticut’s first art colony.

For the next 30 years, the Bush-Holley House became the center for students looking for summer accommodations. Today, it is a museum with sweeping harbor views and a rich history.

Made possible by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), the parent company of CPTV and WNPR, and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources.

The vignettes are designed to deepen an awareness and appreciation for Connecticut cultural resources for state residents, while also promoting the state’s tourism economy.

The project strives to encourage Connecticut residents and visitors to look at the state more closely, in ways that go beyond the obvious star attractions.

In addition to art museums, performing arts venues and historical museums, the series includes remarkable historic districts, nationally significant landmarks, historic parks, cemeteries and the Connecticut River.

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