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8. Revolutionary Compo Beach

To reach the Minuteman Sculpture and Compo Beach, take a right onto Rte. 136 south /Compo Rd. South off of Rte 1.  At the fork continue straight on Compo Rd. South under two overpasses.

This is a lovely drive architecturally with many beautiful Connecticut homes that epitomize the affluence of Westport. The word Compo (Compaug) derives from the Native American word meaning “the bears’ fishing grounds”.

On April 25, 1777, approximately 1,850 British Soldiers landed on Compo Beach enroute to sack the supplies in Danbury.  After their raid on Danbury the British marched to Compo Beach to retreat to their ships.  Minutemen were waiting for the British and a final skirmish took place—the British with their superior numbers successfully retreated to their waiting ships.  After this skirmish, the British continued to raid the Connecticut coast but never left their ships again.

The Statue of the Minute Man is located just beyond the Inn at Longshore Westport’s Country Club at the intersection of Compo Beach Rd. and Compo Rd. South.  This statute perched on top of a mound and commemorates this battle as a symbol of colonial militia.  Legend has it that the Long Grave near the statute on Compo Beach Rd. holds the bodies of the colonists killed in this skirmish. If you continue past Westport’s best known sculpture you will catch a glimpse of Long Island Sound.   Retrace your steps and take a right onto Rte. 1 (Post Rd.) to continue your drive.