Byram , a mile long enclave of Greenwich, is defined by Long Island Sound on one side and the Byram River on the other. It was one of the earliest settlements in Greenwich, founded in the 1660s, and was said to first be home to the sea captains who ran regular trade routes to and from New York City up the coastline. In the early years, Byram was primarily a fishing and farming community, as well home to some of the area’s largest quarries. One of these was located on what is now Byram & Rosenwald Park. This park holds the only public pool of Greenwich and boasts public tennis courts, ball fields, and water activities including a let-in for kayaks and other small water vessels.
Industry expanded in Byram during the 19th century with a number of foundries and furnaces attracted to the convenient means of transporting coal and raw materials via the Byram River and Long Island Sound. Though the area initially attracted primarily Yankees and Germans, as factories expanded in Byram, a variety of immigrants landed here, including a large number of Irish, Italians and Poles.
For many years, Byram was more associated with East Port Chester rather than the town of Greenwich and when residents said they were going “downtown” they meant Port Chester. Byram was not named such until 1947; rumor has it that the name came about to commemorate the activity of buying illegal rum offshore during they days of prohibition. Hence the name-Buy Rum to Byram.
Byram continued to develop with homes of all sizes from the gracious mansions that lined the waterfront to the smaller residences of the factory workers, located inland. As land was bought up and homes built, the commercial aspect of Byram also flourished with a downtown that had shops, services, a school, library and firestation. The building of I-95 in the 1950s is believed to have adversely impacted the anticipated growth of Byram, as land that was expected to be developed for midrange priced homes,was purchased by the State and used to build the highway.
Byram is enjoying a resurgent in recent years. The Byram River waterfront has seen the development of commercial and residential properties. Top flight restaurants such as Tarry Lodge, the Kneaded Bread , Nesa and Bar Taco have energized the nightlife in nearby Portchester. Add to this it’s own park, fishing club, garden club, active downtown and waterfront, and with some of the most affordable housing in Greenwich, Byram is a place to be discovered.
Community Highlights include:
The Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink
Named in honor of two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, the Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink has been operating since 1973. Its fun and popular enclosed ice rink is open for public skating sessions during the months of September through March. Skate rental is available on site. Its school offers group and private lessons in both ice skating and ice hockey. Skaters from all over the area also look forwarding to competing in the Town-wide Figure Skating Competition which the rink hosts annually.
Phone: (203) 531-8560
The Byram Shubert Library
The Byram Shubert Library, originally opened in 1931, is the cultural heart of the neighborhood. The library offers a new collection of current popular books, magazines, movies, and CDs. Its building boasts a fine example of modernist architecture. Book clubs and educational events are also organized by the library.
Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM-8:00 PM
Phone: (203) 531-0426
The Greenwich Community Pool at Byram Park
The main pool located within Byram Park grounds is a brand new 6,400 square foot structure with six 25-meter lap lanes. It has been purposefully designed with zero depth entry, making it accessible to all. Additional pools and features include a designated area for aquatic aerobic exercise, a splash pad with interactive waterworks, and a kiddie pool. Perfect for the entire family!
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Hours: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Phone: (203) 531-8938