The sands of time have hidden many a treasure around the world. But who knew that the recent series of storms scouring the beaches at would reveal a cache of whiskey bottles apparently buried for decades.
The bottles were discovered Monday by Barbara Clark of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and her twin Carol Bornhuetter of Cos Cob. "We were looking for sea glass and I saw the neck of the bottle. I thought 'This is interesting' ... then I realized it it was the whole bottle," Barbara said.
So Carol contacted parks employees who, a short time later, gingerly dug into the sands of the popular town beach, affectionately known by locals as Tod's Point. They unearthed nearly 20 drab green bottles, most with corks and liquid intact. The labels have long since disintegrated but markings embossed on the bottle bottoms have yielded a few clues.
Some bottles are embossed with stampings from Peter Dawson Distillers, others Buchanan's Black & White Whiskey. Both were whiskey producers from Scotland founded in the late 1800s and eventually became a part of larger scotch whiskey producers. They're now both owned by Diageo, a Norwalk-based beverage importer, according to OldGlasgowPubs.com and chwisgi.com
The group surmised that perhaps J. Kennedy Tod, the business magnate who established his Innis Arden estate on the 147-acre peninsula, buried the whiskey bottles. Another theory is that rum runners buried the cache during Prohibition, the national ban on alcoholic beverages which ran from 1920 to 1933. (Please see video.)
Manning the shovels were Mike Henry, who's worked as a caretaker at The Pointfor 27 years, and Edward Fesko, the Point's foreman caretaker for 11 years.
"You wouldn't believe the glass I've found during my 27 years here," Henry said.
Fesko said he plans to have some friends who are knowledgeable in antique bottles check out the find and hopefully, shed some light on the origin and age of the bottles.
As far as the liquid contents are concerned, it doesn't seem it's time for a toast. Fesko said, "one of the guys poured some into a cup ... it smelled disgusting."
And, oh, don't think about bringing a shovel to the beach for a private search and excavation.
"We don't want people coming down here and digging up the beach," said Henry.
In the interest in keeping the shoreline intact, Greenwich Patch agreed not to divulge the location of the whiskey find - other than it was found during low tide.
Editor's note: This story was updated to correct the name of the original owner of 'Tod's Point.'