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

Settler’s Rock

Ridgefield, Connecticut

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
Settler’s Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
1. Settler’s Rock Marker
Inscription. The first surveyors came north from Norwalk to determine the suitability of the land for settlement as a plantation. Tradition says that they spent their first night on top of Settler’s Rock and that fires were built at its base to protect them against wild animals. It is probable that they singled out the rock as a prominent landmark in the wilderness because of its great size and elevated location along the Indian trail to the Titicus River.

Titicus was part of the second purchase of land in 1715. It was bought from Tackora (Oreneca), the Sachem of Titicus Village, for four pounds in Connecticut currency.

Titicus School, now the home of the American Legion, was built around 1761 as a one-room schoolhouse which housed Grades 1-8. Organized in 1920, the American Legion took over the building in the 1990s and named it for Everett Ray Seymour, the first Ridgefield soldier to lose his life in World War I. (Marker Number 26.)
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ridgefield CT 06877, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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 Settler’s Rock Marker is the one on the right.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Titicus: An Industrial Center (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Settlers Rock (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ridgefield.
 
More about this marker. The left of the marker features a photograph of the unveiling of the Settler’s Rock plaque in 1958. A photograph on the bottom right of the marker shows school children standing in front of the Titicus School.
 
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. EducationSettlements & Settlers
 
Settler’s Rock image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
3. Settler’s Rock
Settler’s Rock is located across the street from the market, near Ridgefield Cemetery.
Settler’s Rock Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
4. Settler’s Rock Plaque
The Settler’s Rock Plaque, which is being unveiled in the photo on the marker, can be seen in this photo.
Titicus School image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 17, 2009
5. Titicus School
The marker can be seen in front of the American Legion hall, which once served as the Titicus School.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,037 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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