Mabel Osgood Wright is best-known as an early conservationist and author, but she was also a talented, self-taught photographer. Wright often turned her camera toward her hometown of Fairfield, documenting its countryside, homes, gardens, and people at the turn of the twentieth century, when effects of modernization and urbanization were beginning to infiltrate. At times nostalgic and sentimental, her photographs picture Fairfield as a traditional New England country town, emphasizing its natural beauty and historic character
Through her photography, Mabel Osgood Wright, provides a nostalgic and sentimental look at Fairfield’s homes, gardens, people and local countryside at the turn of the twentieth century, just as the United States was shifting from an agrarian to an industrial and urban country. From early on, photography was instrumental to Wright’s conservationist efforts, a means to document the disappearing landscape around her. The exhibition, on view through September 16, showcases photographs Wright created for her lectures which were taken from hand-pointed, glass slides.
Located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield, CT, the Museum will be open daily from 10am-4pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. Members of the Museum and children are free. Admission on Mondays and Tuesdays is free courtesy of People’s Bank. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or view us online at www.fairfieldhistory.org.