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

Weston

 
 
Weston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2010
1. Weston Marker
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Inscription.
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Weston
Originally the Nor'field parish of old Fairfield (1639) to the south, present Weston was divided into long lots circa 1670, commencing our agricultural development. By 1757 there were enough families to become a separate ecclesiastical society. During the Revolution British General Tryon's forces passed nearby en route to and from the burning of Danbury. To escape, Weston mothers fled with their children to the Devil's Den, a wilderness landmark since earliest times. Near dawn, December 14, 1807 a large meteorite exploded over Weston, one of the first such phenomena recorded in America. A thirty-pound fragment became the nucleus of Yale University's meteorite collection. Incorporated since 1787, Weston prospered from onion farming and numerous early industries. Our forested slopes provided charcoal and our rapidly falling rivers the water power for iron forges and foundries shipping their products all over the East.
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Peaking at 2997 in 1830, the population steadily fell of to 1117 in 1860, 840 in 1900, and 670 in 1930. The decline resulted from the loss of territory to form Westport and Easton, the opening of the richer Ohio farmlands, the rise of steam powered industry on the coast, and isolation from canals and railroads. Lyon's Plain and Valley Forge, once
Weston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2010
2. Weston Marker
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thriving villages, lingered as population centers. As late as the 1880's wandering Indians still camped in the Den. Early in the 1900's artists, musicians, theatre people, writers, and summer colonists discovered Weston, the vanguard of the waves of commuters who arrived by automobile after the Second World War and brought the sleepy town vigorously back to life. The mixture gives Weston its special character.
Erected by the Town of Weston
The Weston Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1977
 
Erected 1977 by the Town of Weston, The Weston Historical Society, the Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 12.111′ N, 73° 22.741′ W. Marker is in Weston, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is on Norfield Road 0.1 miles east of Weston Road (Connecticut Route 57), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located in front of Weston Town Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56 Norfield Road, Weston CT 06883, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Weston Vietnam War & Persian Gulf War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Honor Roll Weston, Connecticut (within shouting distance of this marker); Norfield Grange World War II Memorial
Weston Marker and Weston Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2010
3. Weston Marker and Weston Town Hall
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilton (approx. 2.6 miles away); Captain Clapp Raymond (approx. 2.6 miles away); Wilton Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Wilton Roll of Honor (approx. 2.9 miles away); Hillside Cemetery World War Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Weston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Weston. (Submitted on May 17, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Weston, Connecticuton Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 17, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Weston Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2010
4. Weston Town Hall
Weston 9/11 Memorial in front of Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2010
5. Weston 9/11 Memorial in front of Town Hall
In Memory Of
Scott T. Coleman Keith E. Coleman Robert T. Jordan Glenn D. Kirwin Robert A. Lawrence, Jr. Bradley H. Vadas
September 11, 2001
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 730 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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