While visiting this year’s American Craftsmen Show you may want to explore historic Ridgefield. While you are visiting the finest art show for traditional and handmade arts and crafts, you will also be visiting part of American history. Here are 6 interesting things about Ridgefield’s history you may not be aware of:
Ridgefield was first settled by
English colonists from Norwalk and Milford in 1708, when a group of settlers
purchased land from Chief Catoonah (also known as Chief Katonah) of the Ramapo
One of the earliest Ridgefield
entrepreneurs was Timothy Keeler, who had converted his home, now the Keeler
Tavern Museum, into a tavern in 1772. It was fired upon by the British during
the Battle of Ridgefield, April 27, 1777.
The most notable 18th century Ridgefield,
CT event was the Battle of Ridgefield on April 27, 1777. This American
Revolutionary War skirmish involved a small colonial militia force (state
militia and some Continental Army soldiers), led by, among others, General
David Wooster, who died in the engagement, and Benedict Arnold,
whose horse was shot from under him.
Among the important Ridgefield families
in the 19th century were the Rockwells and Lounsburys, which intermarried. They
produced two Connecticut governors, George Lounsbury and Phineas Lounsbury. The
Ridgefield Veterans Memorial Community Center on Main Street, also called the
Lounsbury House, was built by Gov. Phineas Chapman Lounsbury around 1896 as his
In 1966 parts of Ridgefield, CT
were designated a state and local Historic District and in 1984 a National
Historic District. This Historic District is administered by the Ridgefield
Historic District Commission.
In 1946, Ridgefield was one of the
locations considered for the United Nations secretariat building, but was
not chosen due to its relative inaccessibility.
The American Craftsmen Show
thanks http://ridgefieldhistory.com/ and http://www.ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org/ for
information about the history of Ridgefield, CT.