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15. Historic Rowayton

To learn the fascinating history of a small maritime village on the Long Island Sound stop in at the Seeley-Dibble-Pinkney House located in the Pinkney Park. The Rowayton Historical Society furnished the house in keeping with a prosperous farm home of the period 1850-1890.  The focus is the period when oystering was the main industry, boats were powered by sail, and visitors came by train, trolley and steamer to Rowayton’s Roton Point Park.  Exhibits include archives, memorabilia and artwork.

Of special interest is Remington Rand’s early computer research. James Rand, chairman of the board of the Remington Rand Corporation, known for its office furniture, machines and systems ran his business on a rambling estate in Rowayton.  A select group of engineers were situated in the stable area on the estate from 1947 - 1951, working on the Remington Rand 409 – now recognized as the first working business computer.  Today the house and stable area serves as Rowayton’s community center and library.

To continue your tour, retrace your steps along Rte. 136 South. At the junction of Washington Street, Water St. and North Water St., take a left on Washington St., a right on North Main St., at the junction of North Main St. and West Ave., go straight on West Ave. toward the Lockwood Matthews Mansion.