Self-Guided Walking Tour

Greenwich Point Park

Approx. Time

1.5 Hours

Greenwich Point Park Tour

Tour Overview

This tour features original structures, historical markers, a holly grove, a walled garden, large saltwater tidal ponds, an islet with a sculpture of an eagle, a marvelous view from the hilltop site of the Tod manor and many stories about the development of this historic property.

Visiting all the stops on this tour in order will take a leisurely 1.5 hours. You may wish to spend the rest of the day enjoying everything the park has to offer!

The tour narrative is written so that you can read along as you go. We have included some positioning suggestions to help you rest periodically and refresh yourself.

The Stops

  • Innis Arden Cottage
  • Sue H. Baker Pavilion at the Old Barn
  • The Holly Grove
  • Eagle Pond
  • Eagle Sculpture
  • Old Greenwich Yacht Club
  • The Thames Anchor and Plaque
  • The Chimes Building
  • Chimes
  • Seaside Garden
  • Innis Arden House (foundation, tower)
  • 375th Anniversary Plaque

Before you start the tour

Greenwich Point Park has had many names over the past 400 years:

The native Siwanoy referred to it as “Monekewaygo” which translates roughly into “shining sands.”

Early settlers referred to it as “Elizabeth’s Neck,” referring to the particular purchase of this point of land by Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake in 1640.

J. Kennedy Tod built his 147-acre Victorian estate here in the 1880’s and named it “Innis Arden,” using his native Scots Gaelic for (again, roughly) “tall island.”

A public park was established and named Greenwich Point Park in 1945 when the town purchased the property from New York City’s Presbyterian Hospital.
Today, it’s often just called: “the Point!”

Greenwich Point Park has had many names over the past 400 years:

The native Siwanoy referred to it as “Monekewaygo” which translates roughly into “shining sands.”

Early settlers referred to it as “Elizabeth’s Neck,” referring to the particular purchase of this point of land by Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake in 1640.

J. Kennedy Tod built his 147-acre Victorian estate here in the 1880’s and named it “Innis Arden,” using his native Scots Gaelic for (again, roughly) “tall island.”

A public park was established and named Greenwich Point Park in 1945 when the town purchased the property from New York City’s Presbyterian Hospital.

Today, it’s often just called: “the Point!”

Origins of Greenwich

The Town of Greenwich traces its origin to 1640 when Robert Feake and Captain Daniel Patrick exchanged “twentie five coates” for the land between the brook that runs along the southern border with Stamford through Innis Arden Golf Club and the brook that runs through Binney Park to Greenwich Cove from the local Native Americans, the Siwanoy. Elizabeth’s separate purchase of Monakewaygo, which encompasses all the land now part of the park, is one of the earliest instances of a woman individually holding title to real property in the New World.

The Winthrop Woman

 Elizabeth’s personal story is the stuff of fiction – literally The Winthrop Woman by the local Greenwich author Anya Seton. Printed in 1958, Seton weaves historical fiction out of the temperament of and the choices made by the spirited, thrice-married, singularly adventurous woman.

The Tods

John Kennedy Tod
 1852 - 1925

 John Kennedy Tod was a Scotsman born in Glasgow on September 11, 1852, to Andrew and Mary Kennedy Tod. He was third oldest of thirteen children. Initially, he came to America in 1868 for a few years. He spent most of the 1870s back in Scotland, where he worked in the iron trade and played rugby for the Glasgow Academicals. 

Tod returned to the US in 1879 and started working for his uncle, John Stewart Kennedy at his investment firm, J. S. Kennedy & Co., key financiers of the explosive growth, expansion and reorganziation of railroad companies in the late 19th century. When Kennedy retired in 1883, he, having had no children of his own, set up his nephew to succeed him and the company was soon reorganized as J. Kennedy Tod & Co.

Maria Howard Potter Tod
 1855 - 1939

Just a year prior Tod married a woman of impressive pedigree, Maria Howard Potter. Shortly thereafter, in 1884, they purchased a 40-acre parcel at the western end of Greenwich Point from the Ferris family. By 1887, the Tods owned the entire 147-acre peninsula – and the Ferris family,  farmers who had lived on the land for 200 years, were replaced in the Gilded Age by a wealthy couple from New York.