One of Stamford, Connecticut's favorite open water areas is Cove Park, home to the Cove Island National Register of Historic Places. The Cove Island houses are actually a mansion, first built in 1791. It's a Georgian-style house with an older federal-style wing. The Cove Island houses are the last remaining building from the great fire that destroyed the Stamford Mills in 1919.
The Cove Island homes began as a small sewer mill on the eastern edge of Cove Island. In the following century Stamford grew to become Stamford's largest factory.
In 1832 the mill was at the forefront of the science of dyeing textile dyes needed for the emerging textile industry. In the late 1800s, the Stamford Manufacturing Company employed more than 500 workers in the Stamford Cove on a 70-pound water pipe. The main product of the mill was the extraction of textile paints from exotic tropical forests, barks and sweet pastes used in drugs.
On February 19, 1919, a fire broke out in one of the giant acid storage rooms at the Cove Mills Complex and quickly spread to become the most devastating fire in the history of Stamford.
Flames were burning from strong north-west winds, which completely suppressed the combined force of all fire-fighting units in the surrounding community. The sky was filled with Apocalyptic red glitter, and thousands of spectators gathered on the high ground above the mills as the boilers exploded, the extraction vessels exploded and the factory walls collapsed.
The winds were so strong that the two dams broke away from their gloom and in danger of exploding, and the audience watched anxiously as two women and three men demanded salvation by blasting into the chaos.
Emperors who were set on fire by tribal blast exploded in General Skiddy's Pound Rocks Palace and Holly House, which was the center of the Cos Cob Artist's colony, but the rooftop crowd filled them. Fortunately, most of the firebombs from the burning desert were blown up into the sea, and the fire eventually burned itself out, leaving a tangled ruin of coal and charcoal.
Today, Cove Island Park is one of the most peaceful places in the sea and one of Stamford's favorite beaches. Since 2000, the park has been part of SoundWaters, a nonprofit environmental education organization that offers free small aquariums, school trips and family-run venues located 80 feet away. Cove Island Park is 84 acres on two sandy beaches, has a mile-long trail for hiking, cycling and skating, and a children's playground.
Cove Island Parks located in Cove Island Park are in Stamford, Connecticut National Register of Historic Places, and two of Stamford's best beaches for visiting Long Island Sound.