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Ridgefield in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Keeler Tavern
 
Keeler Tavern Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Herrick, October 17, 2009
1. Keeler Tavern Marker
 
Inscription. The Keeler Tavern served as headquarters for the Patriots during the Battle of Ridgefield, April 27, 1777. It is now owned by the Keeler Tavern Preservation Society and maintained as an historical building.
 
Location. 41° 16.378′ N, 73° 29.821′ W. Marker is in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is on Main Street (Connecticut Route 35) 0.1 miles from West Lane, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ridgefield CT 06877, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Keeler Tavern and the “Big Shop” (a few steps from this marker); Ridgefield's Colonial Plans (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ridgefield Veterans Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Town Common and Hauley House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rev. Thomas Hawley House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benedict Arnold's Betrayal and Lieutenant Joshua King (approx. ¼ mile away); Ensign James Benedict House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ye Burying Yard (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ridgefield.
 
Regarding Keeler Tavern. The Keeler Tavern Museum occupies Lot II of the original 1708 Main Street plan of the Proprietors of Ridgefield. By about 1713 Benjamin Hoyt had built the home where he and his wife raised their family. In 1769 Timothy Keeler, Benjamin’s grandson, purchased the property from his Uncle David. Timothy and his wife Esther turned the building into T. Keeler’s Inn in 1772.
On April 27, 1777, after the Battle of Ridgefield during the Revolutionary War, the Tavern was fired on by British troops proceeding south on Main Street. Timothy, a patriot, was making musket balls in the basement. One British cannonball was imbedded in a corner post where it remains today.
 
Keeler Tavern Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Herrick, October 17, 2009
2. Keeler Tavern
The marker is on the corner of the tavern, behind the latttice.
 

 
Also see . . .  Keeler Tavern Museum. (Submitted on October 17, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Keeler Tavern Sign Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Herrick, October 17, 2009
3. Keeler Tavern Sign
 
 
North Side of Keeler Tavern Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
4. North Side of Keeler Tavern
On April 27, 1777, British Troops retreating from a raid on Danbury passed the Keeler Tavern.
 
 
Keeler Tavern Battle Damage Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
5. Keeler Tavern Battle Damage
During their retreat through Ridgefield, British troops fired on known patriot buildings. The north side of the Keeler Tavern still contains a cannon ball fired on April 27, 1777.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,442 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   4, 5. submitted on October 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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