“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Redding in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)


Redding Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 20, 2010
1. Redding Marker
Inscription. Originally part of Fairfield and unclaimed land, Redding was settled about 1711, made a parish in 1729, and incorporated in 1767. It was named for John Read, gentleman, lawyer, early landowner, and spokesman for the settlers. One of his land purchases was from the Mohawk Indian sachem Chickens in 1714. In 1777, during the Revolutionary war, General Tryon led British troops over Redding Ridge on their way to burn Danbury. The right wing of the Continental Army under General Israel Putnam encamped here in the winter of 1778-1779. Putnam Memorial Park marks the only remaining preserved campsite. A wire mill founded by native-born Benjamin Gilbert in 1818 is the Town’s only industry. The library was founded by Mark Twain, famous American writer and humorist, who lived here 1908-1910. The high school is named for Joel Barlow, born 1754, poet, patriot, and statesman. Collis P. Huntington State Park was a gift of Archer and Anne Hyatt Huntington, philanthropists and long-time residents here.
Erected 1980 by the Town of Redding, the Redding Historical Society, and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
Location. 41° 18.351′ N, 73° 22.907′ W. Marker is in Redding, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection
Redding Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 20, 2010
2. Redding Marker
of Lonetown Road (Connecticut Route 107) and Hill Road, on the left when traveling south on Lonetown Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Redding CT 06896, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hill Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of Redding World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Church of Christ Congregational (approx. 0.2 miles away); Redding Citizens (approx. 1.7 miles away); John Read, Gentleman (approx. 1.7 miles away); Guard House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Unknown Heroes (approx. 2.2 miles away); Winter Quarters of Putnam’s Division (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Redding.
Also see . . .  History of Redding. (Submitted on January 24, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
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