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Battle of Ridgefield Commemoration - Cemetery Walking Tour

Date: April 30, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location Olde Town Cemetery
Member Price: FREE
Non-Member Price: FREE
Summary:
Join in the three days of festivities April 27 -30th commemorating the Battle of Ridgefield on April 27,1777 - 240 years ago! Discovery Center will be participating in the Cemetery Walking Tour.
Detailed Description:

After a detachment of 2000 British troops lead by Major General Tryon destroyed patriot supplies and then burned the town of Danbury, they thought their march back to the coast would be as easy as their march northward.  However, the patriot militia had been mustered and skirmished with them in several locations in Ridgefield.  These skirmishes culminated in the building of a barricade across Main Street.  The  engagements resulted in the mortal wounding of a famous American general.  Another (later infamous) American general led the patriots at the barricade.  In the end the British made the village pay for it transgressions, but their march back to the sea was a lesson well learned.  They never visited the interior of Connecticut again.

Sunday April 30 - 1-4pm: Walking Tour at Olde Town Cemetery - Meet some of the individuals who helped create the town during this self-guided walking tour.  Hear about their contribution to the Battle, War and founding of the town. Discovery Center is proud to be a part of this program. 

Location:  Ridgefield's Olde Town Cemetery is located in the triangle formed by North Salem Rd., North Street, and Mapleshade.  The entrance is at the corner of North and Mapleshade.

Admission is Fee to this program

For a list of the many events over the weekend:  Click here

Some Highlights:

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7pm:  Separating Fact From Legend: A Discussion with Historian Keith M. Jones III, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, North Hall - Sponsored by the Ridgefield Historical Society - We recommend you reserve your seats in advance

Saturday, April 29, 2017 -11:00am to 3:00pm - Masons of Jerusalem Lodge #49 will be organizing a massive 240th celebration of General David Wooster’s leadership during the 1777 Battle of Ridgefield. This reenactment will showcase professional actors from all over the country. The day long, rain or shine, event will take place on Main Street, to include Ballard Park, Keeler Tavern and other locations throughout the Town of Ridgefield.

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