Westport’s vitality is legendary. Through the centuries, Native Americans, Colonial farmers, Revolutionary War soldiers, shipping magnates, creative artists, summer residents and commuters have all prospered here, where the Saugatuck River meets the Long Island Sound. Today’s Westport is a highly involved, affluent suburban community of about 27,000 people. Artistically and culturally active, it has long been a creative center and celebrity retreat. Waterfront homes and estates abound, both at the beach and along the Saugatuck. The thriving downtown area along the river provides trendy shops amid an atmosphere still imbued with New England charm. A bit to the north, the town’s historic district is also convenient for commuting. Westport occupies 22.4 square miles and is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen.
Educational and Cultural Facilities
An exceptional school system is the focus of this
strong community. Five elementary schools, two middle schools and Staples High
School have demonstrated the efficacy of Westport’s small class sizes and outstanding
programs which produce excellent student test scores. Private schools include
the preschool Landmark Academy and Green’s Farms Academy (K-12). An artistic
mecca for over a century, Westport’s extremely active cultural life includes
a summer theater at the Westport Country Playhouse and the outdoor concerts
at the Levitt Pavilion.
Westport has over 210 acres of recreational facilities. An unusually broad selection of activities includes three town beaches, two marinas, three pools and an 18-hole golf course along the shoreline. Fourteen clay courts and ten all-weather tennis courts are available to the residents. Two summer camps are run by the Parks and Recreation department, which also provides a Beach School at Compo Beach with recreational activities for children.
Only an hour from Manhattan (a 40 mile distance), Westport is easily accessible via Interstate Route 95, the Merritt Parkway and Metro-North commuter trains.
By River and Sea