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Settlers Rock

Large boulder at edge of Fairlawn Cemetery on North Salem Road, opposite New Street, where, legend says, five Norwalk men, exploring for the new settlement of Ridgefield, spent a night.

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Settlers Rock: Large boulder at edge of Fairlawn Cemetery on North Salem Road, opposite New Street, where, legend says, five Norwalk men, exploring for the new settlement of Ridgefield, spent a night. “The howling of wolves and the cry of the wild-cat filled them with terror, and one can imagine that daylight was greeted with much joy,” speculated George L. Rockwell [History of Ridgefield, 1927]. Silvio Bedini [Ridgefield in Review, 1958] says “they built fires around the base of the great boulder to protect them against wild animals.” There is no contemporary written record of all this. The rock bears a plaque, installed in 1958 for the town’s 250th anniversary.

Jack Sanders, Ridgefield Names.

More Historical Nuggets

First Pride Day, 1998

FIRST ‘PRIDE’ DAY: “A Celebration of Community: Straight, Gay and Lesbian“ took place in 1998, on the Community Center lawn. Just a year later, a Rainbow Flag was flown for the first time in the nation over a state capitol, Hartford, on March 21, 1999.

Hezekiah Scott (1789-1879)

Hezekiah Scott was a weaver and operated a distillery on the brook near his home on Barlow Mountain Road — a stream now called Kiah’s Brook.

Paving

The first road paving, part of a state experiment, was done on the eastern end of Branchville Road around 1912. Catoonah Street was paved in 1922.