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On Thursday, Nov. 9, co-authors Jill Smyth and Laurie Heiss will discuss their recent book, The Merritt Parkway: The Road that Shaped a Region at Westport Historical Society at 6 pm. Decorated with a breathtaking landscape and a treasured collection of diversely styled bridges, the Merritt Parkway runs thirty-seven and a half miles through Fairfield County. From its complicated beginnings to the present, Heiss and Smyth navigate the hard-fought yet picturesque path of this beloved road, introducing the bridge artist, the landscapers, the politicians, and the activists whose involvement in the Merritt transformed Fairfield County from farms and country estates to one of the wealthiest counties in the nation. With the dedication of preservationists and conservationists, the Merritt Parkway today remains both functional and beautiful, holding a unique place in the heart of Connecticut's drivers.