"It's very nostalgic we had a lot of Farrell family members here today."
The Rowayton Community Center and Library is celebrating the impact of local family legacy in collaboration with the Rowayton Historical Society through photographs, architecture and memorabilia.
In 1911 James Farrell, President of America's first billion-dollar company, U.S. Steel, brought his family to Rowayton to build his home on Rock Ledge, a 21 acre estate located on Highland Avenue. After being rebuilt and restored it is now the location of Graham Capital Management. Across the way stood stables and a carriage house, now the Rowayton Library.
"He was a very prominent businessman one of the wealthiest of his time," said Nancy Lione. "And he had two sons and three daughters and they have a great heritage that remains here in the community."
The Farrell family legacy goes back to international the shipping and steamship business. Family members branched out into various professions, many establishing business and financing schools, such as the Canterbury School in New Milford.
"We had many family members work within the company at many at one point or another in their life and it was very good because we come from a seafaring family and in that respect we have a lot more history then a lot of people give us credit for," said Peter Lowman.
"A lot of people here in Rowayton are interested in boating because we're right here on the water, but they are in many different professions," said Lione.
"We've got a lot more rules, a lot more regulations today throughout the world than you didn't have we were the first guys to set the bar a little higher and we continue to set the bar higher," Lowman.
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