Series: Local History by Jack Sanders

Cultural history

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.

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Cultural history

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.

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Cultural history

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.

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Main Street, Ridgefield, CT during November 1933 snowstorm
Cultural history

Notable Snow Storms

What was winter weather like in Ridgefield in decades and centuries past? A synopsis of memorable storms over almost 2 centuries.

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Cultural history

John D. Edmonds (ca. 1832-1865)

John D. Edmonds was probably a Ridgefield native and as a teenager taught school in town. In 1861 he enlisted for three years in the Civil War, and may have been the town’s first lawyer.

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Cultural history

Hidden Barn Gift Shop

A gift and antiques shop operated from a red barn just south of Ballard Park next to where Grand Union, now CVS, stands. (Read More)

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Art

Larry Adler (1914-2001)

Larry Adler, harmonica virtuoso, gave concerts around the world; made many recordings; lived at James Waterman Wise house on … (Read More)

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