Tucked behind the hedges at the junction of Byram Road and the Post Road/AKA Route 1 /AKA West Putnam Avenue there's a weather-beaten fish-scale salt box house.
Most motorists may not even notice it ... unless they're waiting in traffic in the heavily-travelled intersection that joins Greenwich with Port Chester.
The saltbox sits as a sentry on the state border, across two lanes of macadam where a triangular grass oasis is the 'Gateway to New England.'
The Thomas Lyon House is indeed one of Greenwich's oldest vestiges to harken back to the town's Colonial birth in 1640.
The Board of Selectmen have agreed to conceptually support a plan to relocate the house with its fish-scale shingles to yet-to-be-designed tourist and park center on the town's border.
At its Oct. 25 meeting, the board heard from Jo Conboy of the Greenwich Preservation Trust, and architect Eric Brower who said the group is developing a plan to move the building that's on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the plans under consideration is to move the building uphill to the nearby, town-owned Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink property to create a recreation area.
"We are ready to prepare drawings on how to stabilize and restore the building and do the same for the new site," Brower said. "We hope to come back in nine months with a plan for review for an MI (municipal improvement project)." Brower said the group already has received assurances from the state Historic Commission that the building's historic designation would remain intact despite any relocation plans.
First Selectman Peter Tesei said, "I’ve already endorsed what she (Conboy) is proposing. I hope this will ignite more interest and get more people to support financially, the overall goal of rehabilitation of this home."
The selectmen previously endorsed the relocation and restoration concept in 2010, Conboy said.