The community of Ridgefield was founded by five English farmers who purchased 20,000 acres of land from the Ramapoo Indians in the early 1700s. In 1777, American Generals Wooster and Arnold attempted to hold off the British during the Revolutionary War in the Battle of Ridgefield, the only land battle on Connecticut soil during the Revolution. After the Civil War, Ridgefield remained a farming village. In the mid 1800s wealthy New Yorkers discovered Ridgefield to be a delightful summer retreat. As a resort area, it attracted many artistic and professional people. Between 1960 and 1970, Ridgefield´s population swelled from 8,000 to 19,000. The population has now stabilized at around 24,000.
Ridgefield students are under the jurisdiction of Ridgefield Public Schools. Comprised of six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, the district prepares students for college by providing them with challenging curriculum. Additionally, parochial and private schools are ready to educate students in a faith-based learning environment. For those who are looking to continue their education, there are a number of colleges and universities located within proximity to Ridgefield, including the University of Bridgeport, Western Connecticut State University, Fairfield University, and Norwalk Community College, among others.
Ridgefield is filled with many historical sites of interests, landmarks and attractions that will surely pique every visitor’s and resident’s interest. Since this is such a historically laden community, it only makes sense that many of the buildings in town are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, part of the town center is mentioned on the Register. Many of the sites within the town center include representations of architecturally styled buildings, including that of the Late Victorian era, Colonial revival, and mid-19th century revival.
There are plenty of cultural points of interests in and around Ridgefield. From attending the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum or taking in the symphonic offerings of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, to taking in a live performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse or visiting the Weir Farm National Historic Site, there is plenty to see and do in this lovely community.
If you’re looking to spend some time in the outdoors, Ridgefield has plenty of public open space including state parks, public parks, trails, and historic sites for one to take advantage of. Golfing can be enjoyed at the George and Tom Fazio designed Ridgefield Golf Course.
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