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Ridgefield

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Ridgefield
State:
Connecticut
County:
Fairfield County
Probate District:
45
Year Established:
1709
Year Incorporated:
Form of Government:
Selectman - Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
Ridgefield Town Hall
400 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 431-2700
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday
Web Address:
www.ridgefieldct.org/

History Brief:
The Indians called this place, Caudatowa, for the 800-foot ridge here. On 30 September 1708, men from Norwalk purchased the land from the Ramapoo tribe. In October 1733 the settlement here became the town of Ridgefield. Town vital records begin 1709. Barbour collection records cover 1709-1850.

   
Other City Names (0)
No Data Available.
 
Settled From (0)
No Data Available.
 
Population (22)
Year:1790
Population:1947

Year:1800
Population:2025

Year:1810
Population:2103

Year:1820
Population:2310

Year:1830
Population:2305

Year:1840
Population:2474

Year:1850
Population:2337

Year:1860
Population:2216

Year:1870
Population:1919

Year:1880
Population:2028

Year:1890
Population:2235

Year:1900
Population:2626

Year:1910
Population:3118

Year:1920
Population:2707

Year:1930
Population:3580

Year:1940
Population:3900

Year:1950
Population:4356

Year:1960
Population:8165

Year:1970
Population:18188

Year:1980
Population:20120

Year:1990
Population:20919

Year:2000
Population:23643
 
Founding Families (17)
Surname:Belden

Surname:Bennedick

Surname:Brown

Surname:Canfield

Surname:Crampton

Surname:Hickcock

Surname:Hyot

Surname:Keeler

Surname:Olmstead

Surname:Rockwell

Surname:Seamor

Surname:Smith

Surname:St. John

Surname:Stevens

Surname:Stirdevant

Surname:Whitney

Surname:Wilson
 
Cemeteries (20)
Name:Beers Cemetery
Location:US 51

Name:Branchville Cemetery
Location:Brooklane Road

Name:Davis Cemetery
Location:Silver Spring Road on Wilton line

Name:Fair Lawn Cemetery
Location:48 North Salem Road

Name:Florida Cemetery
Location:Route 7

Name:Gamaliel Smith Cemetery
Location:West Lane District

Name:Hurlbutt Cemetery
Location:In Titicus District

Name:Lousbury Cemetery
Location:In Titicus District

Name:Mapleshade Cemetery
Location:In Titicus District

Name:Old Episcopal Cemetery
Location:Top of Ridgebury Hill

Name:Old Florida Cemetery
Location:Route 7

Name:Old Town Cemetery
Location:54 North Salem Road

Name:Revolutionary War Battle Ground Cemetery
Location:Main Street

Name:Ridgebury Cemetery
Location:Ridgebury Road

Name:Scott's Cemetery
Location:In Titicus District

Name:Selleck Bennett's Farm Cemetery
Location:Bennett's Farm District

Name:Seymour Cemetery
Location:Olmstead Lane

Name:Smith Cemetery
Location:Northwest part of town, half in New York State

Name:St. Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery
Location:Copps Hill Road

Name:Town Cemetery
Location:In Titicus District
 
Churches (10)
Name:Christian Science Church (203) 438-4780
Location:260 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:www.christiansciencect.org

Name:First Congregation Church (203) 438-8077
Location:103 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:www.firstcongregational.com

Name:Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church (203) 438-8791
Location:207 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:www.jesseleechurch.com

Name:Ridgebury Congregational Church (203) 748-2806
Location:605 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:www.ridgeburychurch.org

Name:Ridgefield Baptist Church (203) 438-5751
Location:325 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:www.ridgefieldbaptist.org

Name:St. Andrews Lutheran Church (203) 438-0606
Location:6 Ivy Hill Road Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:standrewselca.com/contact.php

Name:St. Elizabeth Seton Roman Catholic Church (203) 438-7292
Location:520 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Name:St. Mary Roman Catholic Church (203) 438-6538
Location:55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:www.stmarysridgefield.org/

Name:St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (203) 438-3789
Location:351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:wwwststephens-ridgefield.org/

Name:Temple Shearith Israel (203) 438-6589
Location:46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:www.tsiridgefield.org/
 
Monuments (0)
No Data Available.
 
Communities (6)
Name:Branchville

Name:Ridgebury

Name:Titicus

Name:West Lake

Name:West Mountain

Name:Whipstick
 
Historical Locations (0)
No Data Available.
 
Notable Citizens (15)
Name:Andy Luckey - Author
Type:Contemporary

Name:Carolyn Kepcher - Actor
Type:Contemporary

Name:Clare Booth Luce
Type:Contemporary

Name:Cornelius Ryan - Author
Type:Contemporary

Name:Curt Onalafo - Head coach of the Kansas City Wizards
Type:Contemporary

Name:Eugene O'Neil - Author
Type:Contemporary

Name:Harvey Fierstein - Actor/Playwright
Type:Contemporary

Name:Henry Luce - Time Magazine owener
Type:Contemporary

Name:Howard Fast - Author
Type:Contemporary

Name:John Howard Sander - Portrait Artist
Type:Contemporary

Name:Judy Collins - Singer
Type:Contemporary

Name:Maurice Sendak - Author
Type:Contemporary

Name:Richard Scarry - Author
Type:Contemporary

Name:Robert Vaughn - Actor
Type:Contemporary

Name:Theodore Sorenson - Advisor to John F. Kennedy
Type:Contemporary
 
Newspapers (2)
Name:The News Times
Type:Contemporary
Location:333 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Website:www.newtimes.com

Name:The Ridgefield Press
Type:Both
Location:16 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:www.acorn-online.com
 
Schools (11)
Name:Barlow Mountain Elementary School Pk-5 (203) 894-7700
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:115 Barlow Mountain Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Name:Branchville Elementary School K-5 (203) 438-6555
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:112 Bennetts Farm Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Name:East Ridge Middle School (203) 438-3744
Type:Middle School
Location:10 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Name:Farmingville Elementary School K-5 (203) 431-2830
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:324 Farmingville Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Name:Ridgebury Elementary School K-5 (203) 438-6555
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:112 Bennetts Farm Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Name:Ridgefield Academy, Private School Pk-8 (203) 894-1800
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:223 West Mountain Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:www.ridgefieldacademy.com

Name:Ridgefield High School (203) 438-33785
Type:High School
Location:700 North Salem Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Name:Scotland Elementary School K-5 (203) 438-6563
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:111 Bsarlow Mountain Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Name:Scotts Ridge Middle School (203) 894-3400
Type:Middle School
Location:750 North Salem Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Name:St. Mary's Elementary School Pk-8 (203) 438-7288
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:183 High Ridge Avenue, Ridgefielfd, CT 06877
Website:www.smsridgefield.org

Name:Veterans Park Elementary School K-5 (203) 438-6571
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:8 Governor Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Ridgefield Library Asscoiation (203) 438-2282
Type:Current
Location:47 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:www.biblio.org/rdgfld/index.htm
 
Published Histories (4)
Name:1708-Ridgefield, Connecticut-1908 Bicentennial Celebration
Author:Bicentennial Committee
Date Published:1908
Publisher:Case, Lockwood and Brainard Co.

Name:History of Ridgefield, Connecticut
Author:George Lounsbury Rockwell
Date Published:1927
Publisher:reprint Harbor Hill Books 1979

Name:The History of Ridgefield, Connecticut from its Settlement to the Present Time
Author:Daniel W. Teller
Date Published:1878
Publisher:T. Donovan

Name:The Proprietors of Ridgefield, Connecticut
Author:Glenna M. Welsh
Date Published:1976
Publisher:Caudatowa Press
 
Genealogy Websites (0)
No Data Available.
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (2)
Name:Contact the:
Contact Data:Ridgefield Historical Society
4 Sunset Lane
Ridgefield, cT 06877
(203) 438-5821
www.ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org
ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net
Notes:The Ridgefield Historical Society occupies the Scott House, a reconstructed 1714 saltbox on the corner of Sunset Lane and Grove Street

Name:Kay Ables
Contact Data:74 Ashbee Lane
Ridgefield, CT 06877
kables@snet.net
 
Vital Records (1)
Birth:1708 - Present
Marriage:1708 - Present
Death:1708 - Present
 





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