Greenwich Historical Society hosts lecture about Great Estates

Take a tour through Greenwich real estate history in a lecture on great estates given by Davidde Strackbein at Greenwich Historical Society on Wednesday, May 7, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The talk, Country Homes in the Gilded Age: Greenwich’s Great Estates” covers some of the town’s finest architecture during the years of 1880-1930.

During this period, Greenwich made the transition from a small farming community to the preferred retreat of New York’s legendary tycoons. “Boss” William Tweed, William Rockefeller, Henry O. Havemeyer and E. C. “Commodore” Benedict were just a few of the storied businessmen who created grand country homes in town. Families with recognizable names arrived on the well-tailored coattails of these icons followed by “small armies of retainers, gardeners, masons and maintenance crews.” Pleasure yachting and “gentleman’s” farming became favored pastimes, and new recreational, philanthropic and social events were established.

Ms. Strackbein is a historian and current chairman of the board of the Greenwich Historical Society. Her lecture will beaccompanied by images of interior and exterior views, gardens, family portraits and more. She will explore the lavish lifestyle that came to be associated with these properties and how their builders forever changed the face of Greenwich. Ms. Strackbein’s lecture is being held in conjunction with the exhibition at the Greenwich Historical Society, Enjoying the Country Life: Greenwich’s Great Estates, which will run through Aug. 31.

Greenwich Historical Society’s Vanderbilt Education Center is located at 39 Strickland Road. Tickets for members are $10,  $15 for nonmembers.

Reservations may be made online at or by calling 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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