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Ridgefield Overview

Ridgefield is a town of about 24,000 (up 6% since 2000) located near U.S. Highway 7 at the intersection of several Connecticut Highways in Fairfield County in Southwest Connecticut. Ridgefield was settled by English colonists from Milford and Norwalk in 1708 and was incorporated the following year. The “Battle of Ridgefield” occurred on 27 April 1777 with colonial forces led by Generals Wooster and Benedict Arnold faced a superior British force. The battle was won by the British but is considered an overall victory for the colonial forces because the British conducted no further battles in Connecticut. Many famous people have, or have had, ties to Ridgefield including: Actors Robert Vaughn and Harvey Fierstein; writers Howard Fast, Cornelius Ryan, Eugene O’Neill, and Maurice Stendak; Time Magazine owner Henry Luce and his wife Clare Booth Luce; singer Judy Collins, and many more. The town of Ridgefield boasts a significantly higher per capita income than the rest of the state and the home values are over double the average for Connecticut.

Ridgefield has a significant historic district with a number of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There are 4 historic districts and 10 individual locations in Ridgefield listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ridgefield also has the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Keeler Tavern Museum, and several performing arts venues. Weir Farm National Historic Site is also nearby.

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