Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
The Seal of the City
– The Museum in the Streets –
— Danbury, Connecticut —
On April 19, 1889, Governor Morgan Bulkley signed a document granting Danbury official designation as a City within the State of Connecticut. Plans were immediately underway to create a city seal.
Committee member Henry Hoyt was assigned the task. He drew inspiration from many events and symbols of Danbury history and incorporated them into his design.
Two central elements of the design refer to the British Raid on Danbury that occurred on April 26, 1777. The motto, on the diagonal band, reads “Restituimus” or “We Have Restored.” Underscoring this point is a phoenix rising from a fiery crown located at the top of the seal. The bird carries in its beak a second motto, “Perge Modo, “ translated from the Latin as “Ever Onward” or “Let Us Go Forward.”
A locomotive, depicting the railroad line established in 1852, appears on the left side and on the right, a group of elm trees symbolizing Elmwood Park. The water below the trees signifies the flood caused by the breaking of the Kohanza Reservoir Dam in 1869.
In the upper right corner of the shield, a derby hat
The outer circle has the words “Seal of the City of Danbury, incorporated 1889”.
No matter the designation – plantation, village, shire, town, borough or city – throughout its history Danbury has continued to grow and evolve. The people f the city look forward to the future and the possibilities it holds.
Erected by Danbury Museum & Historical Society. (Marker Number 4.)
Location. 41° 23.707′ N, 73° 27.201′ W. Marker is in Danbury, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Library Place, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 256 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 248 Main Street (a few steps from this marker); Charles Edward Ives – The Father of Modern Music (a few steps from this marker); Marian Anderson (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury – The Hat City (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury Fair Days (within shouting distance of Trains, Trolleys & Transportation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Danbury Fire Department (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Savings Bank of Danbury at Bankers’ Row (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 8, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.