Ridgefield in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
State Police and the Benjamin Franklin School
—The Museum in the Streets —
Looking Towards East Ridge from Governor Street, the four buildings on the hill have been an important part of Ridgefield's landscape for the last 100 years. On the left is the George Rockwell home, which, with the house next door was once the Vinton School for Girls. By the 1920s, the Connecticut State Police moved into the Rockwell house and made it their home for the next 50 years. When they relocated to Southbury it became the headquarters for the Ridgefield Police Department. The three buildings to the south of the police station remain private residences.
The Cornerstone for the new Benjamin Franklin Grammar School was laid on July 4, 1914 during a day-long celebration. The school opened in 1915, and its former home on Bailey Avenue was turned into the Alexander Hamilton High School. The high school was moved to East Ridge in the 1920s, the building enlarged, and its name changed to Ridgefield High School. In 2001 the old high school building officially became the Richard E. Venus municipal building honoring a man who was a former postmaster, dairyman, selectman, columnist, musician, master-storyteller and Ridgefield's first town historian. (Marker Number 20.)
Location. 41° 16.85′ N, 73° 29.625′ W. Marker is in Ridgefield 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 Spotting Tower and Railroad Warehousing (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Confederate Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); Bissell's – Destroyed by Two Conflagrations (approx. ¼ mile away); More of the Great Fire (approx. ¼ mile away); Bailey Avenue: A Short-Cut to the Train Station (approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing); The Great Fire of 1895 (approx. ¼ mile away); The Museum in the Streets (approx. ¼ mile away); Ridgefield Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ridgefield.
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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 725 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.