Saturday, September 18, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
Ridgebury is the northern part of Ridgefield, the part that adjoins Danbury. RIDGE-field, Dan-BURY. It is the part of town through which the British troops traveled south in 1777 on their way to the Long Island Sound after burning the munitions stored in Danbury.
A Congregational church dates to 1760, though the building is from 1851. George Washington stayed in a nearby tavern in 1780.
6,000 French troops under le Comte de Rochambeau met Washington in the vicinity and traveled south through southwestern Connecticut and New York.
The road at the side of the church passes some big houses and the north side of Ridgefield Golf Course.
There are numerous horse farms in Ridgebury as well as across the state line in New York.
I caught a glimpse of a rider behind a stone wall.
On the way back to Ridgefield proper, I took a detour that allowed me to befriend a couple of horses.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Exploring an unfamiliar neighborhood, I stopped John and Stephanie to ask a question.
They both grew up in Ridgefield, lived in Bloomfield for a while (next to my longtime home of West Hartford) and moved back to Ridgefield 15 years ago. They also have a home in Naples, not far from mine. And John is in an exercise class with my Ridgefield neighbor. Small world.
Monday, September 13, 2021
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
The tragedy of planes hijacked by terrorists intentionally crashing into the twin towers at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, is among the century's most memorable and traumatic events.
The New Britain Museum of American Art commissioned Graydon Parrish to paint an 18 foot-long mural commemorating the events. The central figures of his allegorical painting are the twins, Terror and Tragedy, representing the agony of the two falling towers.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Thursday, September 9, 2021
High on a hillside in South Salem, New York, Le Château was commissioned by J.P. Morgan in 1907 as a gift for his pastor and friend, the Rev. William S. Rainsford. Originally called Savin Rock, the country retreat was designed by Atterbury & Atterbury, prominent architects of the day.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Fine stained glass windows are at the end of the hall.
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Most houses in New England are made of wood because of the plentiful trees. Brick houses are often the next step up in elegance and cost. Stone houses are uncommon and are at the design and cost peak.
Stone facing and careful window design on one wall of a farmhouse brings the glam up.
Monday, September 6, 2021
The property where American impressionist painter J. Alden Weir lived and painted in the decades before and after 1900 straddles the southern part of Ridgefield and the northern part of Wilton. The National Park service manages 71 acres. Weir Preserve, 110 acres of adjoining fields and woodlands, is owned and managed by a local stewardship group.