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Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut


View of Tokeneke
"View of Tokeneke"

Card dates from the 1920s. It is believed that the name Tokeneke comes from that of a sachem or chief of the Native Americans who inhabited the land before the arrival of settlers from Europe. The name and mark of this sachem are on some of the original land deeds in the state archives.

About Tokeneke

"The Tokeneke area became popular about the same time (after the Civil War), although a small vanguard of discerning New York people had long since discovered its charm. In 1866 Vincent Colyer had bought 40 acres of Contentment Island for a house and studio. His friend, John F. Kensett, a distinguished painter of the Hudson River school, visited him there, and painted a number of landscapes of the shoreline.

Among the prominent people who owned property or spent summers in Tokeneke in those days were: Herbert Witherspoon, the director of the Metropolitan Opera; John McCormack, the famous tenor; the authors Richard LeFallienne and Honoré Willsie Morrow; Laurette Taylor, an actress; and Richard Tjader, a big game hunter.

And so it was that Darien became a summer resort."-Louise H. McLean

Case, Henry J. and Simon W. Cooper Town of Darien: Founded 1641 Incorporated 1820. Rahway, NJ: Quinn & Boden Co., 1935.

McLean, Louise H., "A Brief History of Darien" Darien Historical Sketches. Essex, Connecticut: Pequot Press, 1970.

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