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

Darien

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, December 30, 2014
1. Darien Marker
Inscription.
Darien
Originally part of Stamford, this area became Middlesex Parish in 1737. It was incorporated as the Town of Darien in 1820. Settlement had begun about 1700 when the first roads were cut “in the woods.” In 1703 a school district was set up in Noroton. Five years later Scofield’s Mill (afterward called Gorham’s Mill) was built on Good Wife’s River. By 1744 a meetinghouse was completed and the Reverend Moses Mather became first minister. During the American Revolution, Middlesex Parish was frequently raided by local Tories who had fled to Lloyd’s neck on Long Island. They disrupted services at the meetinghouse on July 22, 1781, captured Dr. Mather and forty-seven other men, and transported them across the Sound. Dr. Mather with twenty-six of his parishioners suffered five months in foul British prisons in New York City before those who survived their confinement were exchanged and returned to their homes.
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Until the advent of the railroad in 1848, Darien remained a small rural community of about one thousand farmers, shoemakers, fishermen, and merchants engaged in coastal trading. A gradual increase in population then occurred with the arrival of emigrants who came from Ireland and later from Italy. In 1864 during the Civil War, the first home in the United States for disabled veterans
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By Michael Herrick, December 30, 2014
2. Darien Marker
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and for soldiers’ orphans was built at Noroton Heights. It was named in recognition of its founder Benjamin Fitch of Darien. Following the war, Darien became a popular resort for prosperous New Yorkers who built summer homes in Tokeneke, Long Neck Point, and Noroton. A few daily commuters to New York City then were forerunners of the many who have settled here and changed Darien into a residential suburb of metropolitan New York.
Erected by the Town of Darien
The Darien Historical Society, Inc.
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1979
 
Erected 1979 by Town of Darien, Darien Historical Society, Inc., Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 3.957′ N, 73° 29.046′ W. Marker is in Darien, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Renshaw Road and Park Place, on the right when traveling west on Renshaw Road. Touch for map. Located in front of Darien Town Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Renshaw Road, Darien CT 06820, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Darien Combat Wounded Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Darien World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this
Darien Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, December 30, 2014
3. Darien Marker
marker); Darien Korean War and Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Darien Civil War and World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Oscar E. Peck (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spring Grove Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ring’s End Landing (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rowayton Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Darien.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Darien Website. (Submitted on January 5, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Darien, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 5, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 5, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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