Indian Harbor, built by “Commodore” E.C. Benedict, 1895,
on an-80 acre waterfront peninsula. The home and outbuildings were designed
by Carrere & Hastings , who collaborated with renowned Olmstead,
Olmstead & Eliot on the landscape. The home, although modified, still
By 1921 Greenwich, Connecticut had the highest per capita income in the
country. How did what was once a quiet, rural, coastal community of farmers,
shopkeepers and oystermen become an enclave for the rich and powerful that
would rival Newport, Rhode Island in wealth? This exhibition draws on the
Greenwich Historical Society’s collection of clothing, photographs and objects
to explore the era between 1880 and 1930–a period marked by unbridled spending
by America’s elite to build estates of staggering proportions–to examine how
the transformation impacted the people and cultural landscape of the town to
The Bush-Holley House is currently open to the public through guided tours.
The house museum has a dual interpretation including documentation and
presentation of two significant periods in the history of the house: the
Colonial Period when the Bush family was in residence from 1790 to 1825 and the
Cos Cob art colony from 1890 to 1920. Eight evocative, well-documented rooms
tell a story of change over time, beginning with the turn of the century and
moving backward in time to the Federal era.
Bush-Holley Historic Site is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a
partnership of 15 world-class museums and historic sites across the state.
Discover collections rich in history and heritage, including European
masterpieces, American Impressionism, ancient art and contemporary culture.
Visit www.arttrail.org for information
about member museums.