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The House That Witnessed History

By Linda Tancs

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991, Bush-Holley House is a saltbox in cozy Cos Cob, a Greenwich, Connecticut suburb on the north side of Long Island Sound.  Initially constructed in 1728, the colonial home’s coastal vantage point provided front row views decades later to our nation’s battle for independence.  Purchased in the early 1700s by Justus Bush, a wealthy farmer in Greenwich, the family operated a tide mill on the property and later added a storehouse that would become the Cos Cob post office for a time.  The house passed into the Holley family, who ran it as a boarding house for artists and writers.  In the 19th and early 20th centuries, an art colony for impressionists flourished in Cos Cob.  Serving as part of the Connecticut Art Trail, the house museum honors the area’s artistic legacy through temporary and permanent exhibitions.

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