Ridgefield in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
The Elms Inn and Stebbins Homestead
—The Museum in the Streets —
Dr. Amos Baker was a prominent physician in Ridgefield’s early history who served as surgeon’s mate with Colonel Philip Burr Bradley’s Battalion at the Battle of Ridgefield. He was also one of the early founders of the Methodist Church; classes in Methodism were held around his kitchen table. By chance, he discovered an apple. It is mentioned in The Apples of New York which states “ . . . that the original tree was in full bearing in its native place, Ridgefield, Conn. during the Revolutionary War.”
Benjamin Stebbins arrived in Ridgefield from Northampton, Massachusetts in 1714. He was granted a rocky plot at the northernmost part of Main Street in 1721 and built his home there six years later. He and his home were at the center of the Battle of Ridgefield in 1777 as it was next to the barricade set up to stop the British advance.
Location. 41° 17.103′ N, 73° 29.919′ W. Marker is in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Connecticut Route 35) and Gilbert Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch 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. The Gilbert House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Ridgefield (about 400 feet away); Ridgefield (about 600 feet away); Smith Tavern – A Colonial Meeting Place (about 600 feet away); The Battle of Ridgefield, April 27, 1777 (about 600 feet away); Ballard Park (about 600 feet away); Battle of Ridgefield Dead (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Ridgefield (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ridgefield.
More about this marker. Old photographs of the Elms Inn
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 Buildings • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,214 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.