|Bringing Back Holleywood||
return of the Rudds
The last family residents of Holleywood were Jay Rudd and his wife Karly who delighted us with a visit from Michigan this weekend. They came bearing old photos and wonderful tales. We learned that the stately maple in the center of the front yard is a memorial tree for Jay's mother, Virginia (Jinny) Rudd who passed away in 1985. The tree was sent by a relative in the South who wanted to honor Jinny's memory with something more permanent than flowers. Jay's father John planted the tree when it was just a few feet tall. He placed it in the center of the lawn, where it would be visible from every front window. Almost thirty years later, it brings daily pleasure not only to us, but to passersby--and I'll never again look at it without thinking of Jay's mom, though we never met.
who we are
We are a couple of Upper West Siders from NYC who never set out to buy an old mansion in Connecticut. But the moment we walked through its massive front door, we were smitten. The info on this site is earnestly cobbled from a variety of sources, including the web. Please let us know if we've gotten something wrong, or if there's a story about Holleywood you'd like to share.