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Ridgefield in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Titicus: An Industrial Center

The Museum in the Streets

 

—Ridgefield, Connecticut —

 
Titicus: An Industrial Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
1. Titicus: An Industrial Center Marker
Inscription. Mills first appeared along the Titicus River in the early part of the 18th century. Sawmills, the first to come, permitted the proprietors to build frame houses instead of rough log cabins. Titicus also boasted the largest tannery in town, which was owned by Jabez Mix Gilbert, known as “Uncle Mix.” Uncle Mix was known for his generosity towards the poor, and was a founder of the Methodist Church here. Later, his business was sold to David Valden whose homestead, built in 1857, still stands at 118 North Salem Rd. During the Civil War leather was shipped as far away as Chicago. Other businesses in the area were a bark mill, a flour and cider mill, and a hatting shop. A sawmill located on Sawmill Hill Road remains today as the only existing mill in Ridgefield. (Marker Number 27.)
 
Location. 41° 17.53′ N, 73° 30.2′ W. Marker is in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of N Salem Road (Connecticut Route 116) and New Street, on the right when traveling south on N Salem Road. 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. Settler’s Rock (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Settlers Rock
Markers on N Salem Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
2. Markers on N Salem Road
Two different "Museum in the Streets" markers are found at this location. The Titicus Industrial Center Marker is the one on the left.
(a few steps from this marker); Battle of Ridgefield (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Ridgefield Dead (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Battle of Ridgefield, April 27, 1777 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Gilbert House (approx. half a mile away); The Elms Inn and Stebbins Homestead (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Ridgefield (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ridgefield.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take the Museum in the Streets Walking Tour in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Ridgefield Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
3. Ridgefield Markers
The marker can be seen in the photo to the right of the Ridgefield American Legion hall.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 805 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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