Quonochontaug Historical Society
We have put two of our QHS programs, “West Beach Recollections”, by Hope Greene Andrews and “East Beach Recollections”, by Phylis Reynolds on DVDs.
West Beach Recollections
The family of Hope Greene Andrews has been at West Beach, Quonochontaug since the late 1870’s and 1880’s. Her maternal grandfather built one of the first cottages on the breachway and also ran a general store, which later became the store of the beloved “Mother Brindley” of local legend.
In her lifetime, Hope witnessed the large hotels, boardwalk and the Coast Guard Station and the demise of all in the great Hurricane of 1938. She now resides in West Beach year-round in her little cottage, enjoying visits of her two great grandchildren, the seventh generation to grow and love Quonnie.
East Beach Recollections
The family of Phylis Burdick Reynolds has had a presence in Quonochontaug since the early 1800’s. Her ancestor Robert Burdick was an earlier settler in this area and was a part of the Misquamicut Purchase in 1660.
Phylis is an enthusiastic family historian. She and her son, Stephen D. MacKenzie, have researched the area’s Native American history and her family’s history taken from historical records, documents and photos preserved by her grandfather, Hazard Hoxsie Burdick. Hazard H. Burdick built his summer farmhouse on Ninigret Pond in Quonochontaug in 1906.