The Playhouse sits on land forcibly taken from the Paugussett and Wappinger people.
The Westport Country Playhouse acknowledges the indigenous peoples and nations of the Paugussett and Wappinger that stewarded the land and waterways of Westport, Connecticut. We honor and respect the enduring relationship that exists between these peoples and nations and this land.
It is our goal to do more than just say or print the above words. We want to understand the history of this land long before the theater opened in 1931, and long before the barn was built in1865 as a tannery.
This September, we began our research into the history and displacement of the indigenous people of Connecticut. We wish to form an ongoing relationship with these peoples and current tribal communities. Our goal is to be able to honor their cultural heritage as well as their present-day stories.
We will be sharing what we learn with the Playhouse family. We welcome all to join us on this path and help us build a stronger community in the future.
If you would like to learn more about the land you sit on as you read this, visit Native Land Digital.