Going back to the 1920’s and 30’s, the inner portion of Wilson Cove was a shallow tidal basin used primarily by commercial craft. On the east side -- now occupied by the Norwalk Yacht Club -- there was a steamboat landing. A spur of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad ran along the east side to the end of Wilson Point. An oil transfer station for the Standard Oil Co., today’s Mobil Oil, hugged the shore along Wilson Avenue where its tank farm was located.
The Norwalk Yacht Club was originally located on the West side of Wilson Cove -- the antique Red building w/dock is still there; now a residence.
Just south of Wilson Cove Y.C. is the original “Reverend Thomas House”, now part of the Thomas Place Condominium Group of homes. This antique home was originally located on Wilson Point, but because it obstructed the view for “Mr. Wilson”, it was moved over to its present location -- by pushing it over the ice during one of the winters when all of Wilson Cove was solid ice!
Eventually, commercial uses ended, and the inner basin of Wilson Cove was dredged and using the excavated materials, the area, which is now the parking lot, was filled and formed. Daniel Toomey bought the land from the Lunelle Burchard Estate in 1922 and started a marine construction business. After his death in 1945, the property was sold to John & Cecilia Spangle, also for marine construction. In 1960 they installed floating piers and finger slips, and in 1961, some of the yard's patrons, about 12, founded the Wilson Cove Yacht Club, donating $10 each to start the Treasury. That is when Betty Ann Smith made the "Cocktail Flag" that is still used at every Commissioning & Decommissioning. Her Mate, Dick Smith, shot the Cannon at each event also, and donated his cannon to us.
Since 1961, the property has passed on to several owners Grove Ely is the present owner. The Wilson Cove Yacht Club leases the property from him. We now have members from a wide area who are delighted to have their boats in an attractive protected area that is so near the extensive Long Island Sound.
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By Jeannine Soper (Honorary Member & Past Commodore)