GHS Newsletter 16.2 Summer 2014
THE REXMERE (1898–2014)
A very special local landmark is gone. A fire on March 25, 2014, razed the Rexmere Hotel, which had hosted activities and events in Stamford since 1898. The fire, which engulfed the wooden structure in mere minutes, brought 26 fire departments and a total of nearly 300 first responders to the scene to contain the blaze.
As we recall our personal memories of the building and the surrounding park, we review some of the history of Stephen Churchill, the man whose vision created the noteworthy facilities in Stamford that culminated in the Rexmere. After thriving as a hotel, the Rexmere served other purposes, from a religious retreat to ground-breaking high technology.
Other topics in this issue include the stamping out of bovine tuberculosis in the early 1930s; and the final installment of the letters from Orrin Curtis, back in the army with General Sherman, marching from Chattanooga south to Atlanta and Savannah, then north to Columbia, South Carolina, and then northeast to Fayetteville, North Carolina.
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