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

Ballard Park

Ridgefield, Connecticut

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
Ballard Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
1. Ballard Park Marker
Inscription.
Philip Burr Bradley
was one of the earliest owners of the property. Bradley, a cousin of Aaron Burr, was placed in command of the Fifth CT Regt. in the Revolutionary War, and commanded a battalion at the Battle of Ridgefield. He also served in the State Legislature, was a Justice of the Peace, the first Postmaster, and a friend of George Washington. Lucius H. Biglow, music publisher and partner in the firm of Biglow & Main in New York City, came here at the urging of his partner who lived in Ridgefield. After purchasing the house from Dr. Adams, he had it moved back from the street and greatly enlarged it. Upon his death it became the home of his daughter, Elizabeth Ballard and her family. When Mrs. Ballard died in 1964 she deeded the land to the town to become a park, and according to the terms of her will the house was demolished.

The Park has been a popular meeting place for many activities and concerts throughout the years. The Ridgefield and Caudatowa Garden Clubs maintain the gardens and greenhouse. During the summer months free concerts are held where families picnic and enjoy a varied selection of musical performances.
The Ridgefield Woman’s Club donated the bandstand to the town in 1975. In 2003 a memorial granite stone was placed at the head of the brick walkway in memory of Dee (Mrs. Wilson) Flagg,
Marker at Ballard Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
2. Marker at Ballard Park
Ballard Park can be seen in the photo behind the marker.
who was one of the chairmen of the bandstand project, and who died with her husband when the airliner in which they were flying was crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Location. 41° 17′ N, 73° 29.919′ W. Marker is in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Prospect Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. 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. Smith Tavern – A Colonial Meeting Place (a few steps from this marker); Ridgefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Street in the Late 1800s (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Ridgefield (within shouting distance of this marker); The Village in the 1900s (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Ridgefield Train Station (about 600 feet away); The Elms Inn and Stebbins Homestead (about 600 feet away); Bailey Avenue: A Short-Cut to the Train Station (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Ridgefield.
 
More about this marker. Two photographs, courtesy of the Ridgefield Historical Society, appear on the left
Ridgefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
3. Ridgefield Marker
of the marker. One depicts the old Ballard House and the other shows the present-day bandstand.
 
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. Notable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Entrance to Ballard Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
4. Entrance to Ballard Park
The entrance to Ballard Park is found just north of the marker.
Ballard Park Bandstand image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
5. Ballard Park Bandstand
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,200 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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