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Meet RHS Intern, Antonia ten Holder

It’s January. The days are long yet short, and the prospect of spring is still many months away. But at the Ridgefield Historical Society, there is a definite energy and light. And we know where it comes from — our college intern, Antonia ten Holder.

Take a moment to meet her.

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Cultural history

Scott House Journal, January 2023

This edition of the Scott House Journal includes Jack Sanders’ recommendations on what items are worth saving to help future historians provide an accurate view of the past; as well as an account of a curious 1925 Ridgefield court case over that most simple of resources — wood. This story was recently uncovered while reviewing documents in the Ridgefield Historical Society archives.

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Picks from the Archive: Rob Orr

In this “Picks from the Archive,” Ridgefield Historical Society volunteer, Rob Orr, shares some of the resources he used to learn more about his home and its history.

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History

Meet RHS Intern, Antonia ten Holder

It’s January. The days are long yet short, and the prospect of spring is still many months away. But at the Ridgefield Historical Society, there is a definite energy and light. And we know where it comes from — our college intern, Antonia ten Holder.

Take a moment to meet her.

Read More »
Cultural history

Scott House Journal, January 2023

This edition of the Scott House Journal includes Jack Sanders’ recommendations on what items are worth saving to help future historians provide an accurate view of the past; as well as an account of a curious 1925 Ridgefield court case over that most simple of resources — wood. This story was recently uncovered while reviewing documents in the Ridgefield Historical Society archives.

Read More »
Uncategorized

Picks from the Archive: Rob Orr

In this “Picks from the Archive,” Ridgefield Historical Society volunteer, Rob Orr, shares some of the resources he used to learn more about his home and its history.

Read More »
Black History

Scott House Journal, October 2022

This edition of the Scott House Journal includes stories on the inaugural Witness Stones installation in Ridgefield at the David Scott House, also the Historical Society headquarters; and a wonderful biography of Mabel E. Cleves, a champion of kindergarten in Ridgefield in the earlier 1900s.

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Programs & Events

Scott House Exhibition

Scott House Exhibition

Scott House, 4 Sunset Lane
Ridgefield, CT 06877 United States
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Free

On Tuesday, November 15, Ridgefield Public School students installed two Witness Stones at the Ridgefield Historical Society's David Scott House, honoring the lives of the enslaved individuals who inhabited the home centuries ago.

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January 01, 2023
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Sunday, January 1 - Tuesday, March 21
January 2023
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January 01, 2023
Scott House, 4 Sunset Lane
Ridgefield, CT 06877 United States

On Tuesday, November 15, Ridgefield Public School students installed two Witness Stones at the Ridgefield Historical Society's David Scott House, honoring the lives of the enslaved individuals who inhabited the home centuries ago.

Free

Research Our Collections

The Ridgefield Historical Society is dedicated to collecting photos, documents, and objects that tell a story about the history of Ridgefield. Since 2002, when the collections originated, the Historical Society’s diligent volunteers have carefully preserved over 10,000 pieces of Ridgefield’s past that are stored in archival materials and placed in our climate controlled vault beneath the Scott House.

Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Committee has its roots in the founding of the Historical Society as the Ridgefield Preservation Trust in 1999 by saving the 18th Century David Scott House from demolition. The Historic Preservation Committee is tasked with monitoring changes to our landscape that may have the potential to undermine the cherished 300-year character of Ridgefield’s streets and neighborhoods.

Become a Member

The Historical Society seeks to highlight the significance of its amazing town, its people, its architecture, its resources, and its history. And that means you!

Members are an essential part of the work we do bringing local history to life through online and in-person offerings including exhibits, lectures, genealogy services, tours, our state-of-the-art archives, and much more.

The Historical Society is an independent non-profit that depends on grants and private funding. Your contribution is vital to the future of our organization. Thank you for supporting your community!