Lit Site: The Weissmanns’ Westport

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Want to see the beach cottage that Betty Weissmann and her two middle-aged daughters, Miranda and Annie, live in? Take a stroll on Fairfield, Norwalk and Danbury avenues along the Westport, CT, shore, and pick any of the gabled-roof or picked-fenced cottages that line these adorable streets. All inspired the house in The Three Weissmanns of Westport, said author Cathleen Schine, who grew up in this beachside community.

Indeed, most of the setting of The Three Weissmanns is right there at Westport’s Compo Beach, which is bordered by both Long Island Sound and the Saugatuck River. Fans who want to visit Compo and walk where the Weissmanns do will also find at the 29-acre park a boardwalk, pavilion, concession stand, two sand volleyball courts, large wooden playscape, and bathroom facilities with lockers. The beach is adjacent to the Ned Dimes Marina and is handicapped accessible.

Additional recreational facilities include a baseball field, basketball court and skate park. No visit, however, would be complete without a stop at the two Revolutionary War-era cannons that mark the landing and departure point of British forces in 1777 and appear in The Three Weissmanns of Westport.

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