|"Golf House" Danbury, CT - December 2012 photo: © Golf Girl Media|
That's what we've been doing of late, and it's inspired us to look a bit more closely at history. The fact that we live in a historic home... in a town that was settled in 1685... means we don't have to look too far to find it.
Truth be told, for the past year we've been doing quite a bit of research on the history of our own Victorian house and the venerable Danbury, CT neighborhood that surrounds it, and... as I mentioned briefly a couple of months ago... we've discovered a fortuitous connection to our favorite obsession: golf.
Built by Scottish immigrants John and David Mclean in the1880s, for almost four decades the stately Queen Anne structure we've lived in for the past 13 years was home to another Scotsman, George Ferrier, who arrived in the US to promote golf equipment, made his way to Danbury, and in the early 20's became the golf pro at the town's new and burgeoning Ridgewood Country Club. The dapper Scott married John McClean's daughter, Christine, in 1925 in a wedding that took place right here in the home her Father had built. The newlyweds moved into the house and spent the rest of their lives here. George officially retired from Ridgewood in 1958 but remained active in golf in Danbury and became involved nationally with the PGA Seniors and as part of the Ryder Cup Committee.
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