Tarry-A-Bit, 8 Tarry-a-Bit Road

George W. Mead, Sr. and Sarah Frances Studwell Mead, c. 1896
Horace and Florence Mead Brightman, early 1900s

George Washington Mead and some of his children, at Tarry-A-Bit

George Washington Mead and some of his children, at Tarry-A-Bit

It was Florence Mead’s idea to build a house large enough for her parents, brothers and sisters and friends.  The family was growing up and drifting away from Waccabuc.  She admired a house designed by Child and Degoll and engaged them to design the Queen Anne style home with ample space for everyone to have their own room, a luxury denied them at Lakeview Cottage.

Water was pumped from a spring in front of the house by a windmill to a tank in a tower by the garden.  The house was closed in the winter months.  The house remained in the Mead family until 1948.  It was extensively restored in 1985.

The boys built a log cabin and named it the Bungalow Club.  Their parents would not allow liquor or smoking in the house.  David Mead writes: “There all classes met on an equal footing.  Every afternoon and on Saturdays we held ‘sessions’ which were often attended by farmers and workmen of the neighborhood who would not have been comfortable at Tarry-A-Bit.”

Later it became the center of a local political uprising where a “reformers faction” bolted from the local (Republican) party, headed by James Lawrence, and nominated George W. Mead, Jr. for Supervisor of Lewisboro.  He was elected on the Independent ticket and served from 1903-1908 after which he served in the New York State Assembly 1908-09.

Soon after construction

Soon after construction

Sarah Frances Studwell Mead, inside Tarry-A-Bit – with what appears to be a birthday cake!

Sarah Frances Studwell Mead, inside Tarry-A-Bit – with what appears to be a birthday cake!

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2010

2010

A group photo of Sarah Frances Studwell Mead (center, with flowers) and nine of her ten surviving children, taken on the front steps of Tarry-A-Bit.

A group photo of Sarah Frances Studwell Mead (center, with flowers) and nine of her ten surviving children, taken on the front steps of Tarry-A-Bit.

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