Titicus: A district and a neighborhood of Ridgefield just northwest of the village; name comes from the Titicus River that flows through it; word in turn is shortened form of Mutighticoss (or something similar), which probably meant “place without trees” in Mahican tongue, says Huden; first mention, as Metiticus, occurs in 1709 Proprietors order for a survey; because of the swift river here, was an early small-scale industrial area, with mills and a tannery; by the late 1800s, Titicus had a store, post office, cider mill, saw mill, flour mill, tannery, sash and blind factory, a blacksmith, and town’s biggest cemetery; almost had a railroad station.

From Jack Sanders, Ridgefield Names.

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