The early days of Fairfield County, CT, and its various communities -- Fairfield, Danbury, Danville, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Darien, Greenwich, West Greenwich, Bethel, Huntington, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newtown, Norwalk, Old Well, Reading, Ridgefield, Sherman, Stamford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 64 page booklet, reprinted from the 1836 edition of John Warner Barber's Connecticut Historical Collections. The 8 1/2 x 11"spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper, with the print enlarged 20% for easier reading. A clear plastic sheet has been added to protect the front cover. INSERTED IN THE BOOKLET is a copy of the 1836 Map of Connecticut which accompanied the Barber book. Among the many fascinating topics in the booklet are: Early settlers, industries and churches; Inscriptions, extracts from newspapers; Detailed accounts of the burning of Fairfield and Green's Farms; Buckley Tavern, Religious harmony and controversy in Danbury; Destruction in Danbury in 1777 with names of "Principal Losers"; Burning of Danbury; Epidemic of 1775 in Danbury; The Sandemanian Church; the Hat industry; Luther Holcomb's "Army"; plan of Main St. in Bridgeport; Exchange of Prisoners(a Rebel general and a Tory judge); Darien Church invaded in 1781; Putman's Hill skirmish; Burning of Norwalk; Gen. Putman's Quarters in Reading; Joel Barlow, poet and politician; Sarah Bishop, hermitess of Ridgefield; the Rev. Dr. Samuelis Johnson and Gen. David Wooster. The booklet is illustrated with Barber's delightful hand-drawn sketches, such as the one on the cover below. These Illustrations include two views in Fairfield; Greenfield Hill and Southport in Fairfield Township; four views in Danbury; a full page view of Bridgeport and two other Bridgeport views; views of Brookfield, Darien, Greenwich, Huntington, Monroe, New Canaan, New Town, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport and Stratford; two Norwalk views, Old Well Village, Gen. Putnam's Headquarters;and the church and academy in Weston.
Fairfield County, CT
Sources: Connecticut Historical Collections; Fairfield County Connecticut Excerpt
Authors: John Warner Barber
Original Publication Year: 1836
Original Publisher: Durrie and Peck and J.W. Barber
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