Westport History Tours


Welcome to our new smartphone app!

Head of Westport Walking Tour

“Where the past meets the present”

The Westport Historical Society offers a new “dynamic” walking tour of the historic Head of Westport. A new mobile app “Westport History Tours” enables users to explore the architectural, social, cultural, and industrial past of the Head of Westport. The app is free and accessible anytime and anywhere with a smartphone or on your desktop computer.

The Head of Westport provides a unique physical space in which to explore history. The tour offers context for some commonly asked questions: Where did shipbuilding take place? How were ships launched? Who lived at the Head? What’s the story of the iconic stone house?

Special features of the tour include a GPS enabled map with more than 20 tours stops, narrated by Greg Morton and a curated selection of historic images, allowing users to compare “then” images with the present day.

Sample the tour here


The iconic stone house at the Head of Westport

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Westport Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Helen Ellis Charitable Trust administered by Bank of America.

Click here to view the tour from your desktop computer.

Download is available for iphones and android. The tour is free.



Archaeology Tour

We are excited to introduce our first mobile tour designed for use on your smartphone. You can consider this to be your personal audio guide! Our first smartphone tour focuses on the theme of archaeology. Visitors can walk the Handy House Heritage Trail in the virtual company of Holly Herbster, a professional archaeologist who has worked in southern New England for more than 30 years. As you walk along the trail, she will guide you through the more than 10,000-year human history of Westport. From the era of woolly mammoths to the current future advances in archaeological techniques, her tour enables you to see the landscape from a new perspective.

The easy-grade 0.7-mile trail can be accessed from the parking lot at 202 Hix Bridge Road. This land is part of the historic Handy House property. Today, the property is owned by the Westport Historical Society. The tour is free.

Download is available for iphones and android.