Way Back When ... 1902
Published 4:36 pm, Thursday, January 12, 2017
In 1902, Anson Phelps Stokes, a New York merchant, banker and philanthropist, bought the southern tip of Long Neck and built “Brick House,” where he and his family lived for “many years,” according to Henry Case and Simon Cooper, who wrote “The Town of Darien” in 1935.
“During Stokes’ ownership of Brick House, Andrew Carnegie, above, occupied it several summers,” they wrote.
In 1916, Carnegie’s wife, Louise, wrote a friend: “We leave in 10 days for Brick House, Noroton, Connecticut right on Long Island Sound where the yacht will be within hailing distance all the time and I expect we shall be on the water as much as on land this summer.”
The property was later occupied by the Convent of the Sacred Heart, which once ran an elite girls’ school there. Sisters of President John F. Kennedy were educated there, including Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Kathleen Kennedy.
On Sept. 5, 1929, the town’s theater opened with a seating capacity of 700.
The year Anson Phelps Stokes bought the southern tip of Long Neck and built “Brick House.”