New Fairfield in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
In the year 1724 twelve men from Fairfield, Connecticut , came to this area to purchase land from the Indians who then inhabited it. They negotiated with Chief Squantz of the Schaghticoke tribe, who lived near the pond in this town which still bears his name. returning in the spring of 1725 with the necessary documents, they learned that Chief Squantz had died, but his four sons and heirs refused to sign any deeds. Four years later, on April 24, 1729 the Indians finally deeded the land to the white men. The purchase price was sixty-five pounds sterling. This tract of land, together with a prior grant known as “Mitchellís Purchase”, became the Town of New Fairfield. The original town comprised what was commonly called the “Upper Seven Miles” – now the Town of Sherman, and the “Lower Seven Miles” – the area that forms the present Town of New Fairfield.
The town was incorporated in 1740, and the twelve “Proprietors” carried on civil affairs. When the first meeting house was built in 1742 by the South Society of New Fairfield (later known as the Congregational Church) it also served as the seat of government. In 1759 the civil government was separated from the Church and a town hall was built. During
Erected 1979 by Town of New Fairfield, New Fairfield Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Commission.
Location. 41° 28.003′ N, 73° 29.224′ W. Marker is in New Fairfield, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is on Connecticut Route 37 0.1 miles north of Brush Hill Road (Connecticut Route 39), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Fairfield CT 06812, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Fairfield Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); New Fairfield Fire Department Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); David Wooster Monument (approx. 4.7 miles away); Black Soldiers Memorial Monument to Soldiers in Unknown Graves (approx. 4.8 miles away); Brookfield Veterans Monument (approx. 5.1 miles away); Wooster Square (approx. 5.1 miles away); Danbury Disasters (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Fairfield.
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