Candlestick Factory

NUGGET #67

Brothers John W. and Francis A. Rockwell first operated in the building that was afterward part of Bailey Inn, then moved to Catoonah Street in a building which stood on the site of Sperry’s Livery Stable. That factory was destroyed by fire in April 1859, with a loss of $5,000. “More than 20 hands are thrown out of employment,” says the Hartford Times. Diary of Anna Ressiguie (April 15, 1859) says it was insured. Then was at Catoonah Hall, 1860-68. The factory chiefly made brass and tin candlesticks, but also produced newspaper holders used by libraries and special patented clamps to keep the covers fastened on a child’s bed.

Jack Sanders

By Jack Sanders

A Fairfield County native and graduate of Holy Cross, Jack Sanders retired in 2014 after 45 years as an editor of The Ridgefield Press. He’s written nine books on history and natural history, including Wicked Ridgefield, Ridgefield Chronicles, Hidden History of Ridgefield published by The History Press, The Secrets of Wildflowers (Lyons Press), Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles (McGraw-Hill), and Five Village Walks (Ridgefield Historical Society). He also created and administers the 10-year-old Old Ridgefield group on Facebook, which has more than 6,000 followers. He and his wife, Sally, a retired newspaper editor who is on the board of the Ridgefield Historical Society, live in a 250-year old farmhouse in Ridgefield.