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Town Focus: Day 2 in Orient

The Village House, built in 1798 originally as

The Village House, built in 1798 originally as a one-story house for Augustus Griffin, is one of six buildings filled with history as part of The Oysterponds Historical Society in Orient on the North Fork. Augustus Griffin was an early town historian. (Sept. 19, 2010) Credit: Randee Daddona

On Day 2 in Orient, I’m joining the morning crowd at the Orient Country Store for a cup of coffee and then heading to the Oysterponds Historical Society to meet with director Ellen Cone Busch.

I first met Cone Busch earlier this month during the Oysterponds Heritage Day celebration, and her passion for the community and its traditions is one of the things that made me want to come to Orient for Town Focus.

Cone Busch and I will discuss the community’s beginnings and how it’s evolved. You can find a full story and video on the history of Orient later this week.

In the afternoon, I’m heading back to the Orient Point Ferry terminal, but this time I’m boarding a boat. Since thousands of people -- many from Orient -- ride the ferry every day, I’m going to join them. I’ll ride to New London and back, chat with riders and employees and, of course, be tweeting along the way.

Follow along on Twitter and via the Storify below. You can also send me your suggestions and thoughts on the Orient community by email or in the comments section.

Above: The Village House, built in 1798 originally as a one-story house for Augustus Griffin, is one of six buildings filled with history as part of The Oysterponds Historical Society in Orient. Griffin was an early town historian. (Sept. 19, 2010)

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