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You Can Ring Your Bells!
A long-standing tradition in which local churches, institutions, and individuals ring their bells 13 times at 2:00pm to celebrate our freedom and independence.
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Treasures from the Archives
This wooden voting box was used by the Ridgefield Italian American Club to vote on membership.
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Now on Exhibition
When the French Marched Into Ridgebury: Town Hall Exhibit
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Cultural history

Scott House Journal, July 2022

Topics: The ‘New’ Ridgefield High School turns 50; Josie Hoyt’s Diaries offer offer insights into Ridgefield history in the late 1800s — births and deaths, the Blizzard of 1888, escapades at the Titicus School, a murder-suicide, and more.

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Cultural history

Scott House Journal, July 2022

Topics: The ‘New’ Ridgefield High School turns 50; Josie Hoyt’s Diaries offer offer insights into Ridgefield history in the late 1800s — births and deaths, the Blizzard of 1888, escapades at the Titicus School, a murder-suicide, and more.

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Programs & Events

Peter Parley Schoolhouse Open House (Samuel Goodrich’s Birthday)

Peter Parley Schoolhouse Open House (Samuel Goodrich’s Birthday)

Peter Parley Schoolhouse, West Lane at South Salem Rd
Ridgefield, CT 06877 United States
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Free

The Peter Parley Schoolhouse opens on Sunday, August 28, 1 - 4 pm. Jack and Sally Sanders will be on hand to welcome guests and answer questions.

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August 28, 2022
Peter Parley Schoolhouse Open House (Honoring Pupil Cyrus Northrup)

Peter Parley Schoolhouse Open House (Honoring Pupil Cyrus Northrup)

Peter Parley Schoolhouse, West Lane at South Salem Rd
Ridgefield, CT 06877 United States
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Free

The Peter Parley Schoolhouse opens on Sunday, September 25, 1 - 4 pm. Jack and Sally Sanders will be on hand to welcome guests and answer questions.

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September 25, 2022
Peter Parley Schoolhouse Open House (Early Halloween)

Peter Parley Schoolhouse Open House (Early Halloween)

Peter Parley Schoolhouse, West Lane at South Salem Rd
Ridgefield, CT 06877 United States
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Free

The Peter Parley Schoolhouse opens on Sunday, October 30, 1 - 4 pm. Jack and Sally Sanders will be on hand to welcome guests and answer questions.

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October 30, 2022

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 tax-deductible contribution is vital to the future of our organization. Thank you for supporting your community!