2022 marks the 245th Anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield, an important Revolutionary War action fought on the very roads and paths of Ridgefield, CT that are universally used today.
2022 marks the 245th Anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield, an important Revolutionary War action fought on the very roads and paths of Ridgefield, CT that are universally used today. The Town of Ridgefield and Ridgefield Historical Society are celebrating the occasion with a full weekend of events, turning back the clock, and bringing the history and characters of the time alive, as well as introducing new important discoveries regarding the Battle.
The 245th Anniversary Weekend promises to be an extraordinary occasion. We invite you to put the present on hold, immerse yourselves in the past and pretend, just for a few days, that it’s 1777.
View the list of events:
245th Anniversary Weekend Kickoff
First Selectman Rudy Marconi and the Historical Society launch the anniversary weekend with a special event featuring a performance by the Ridgefield High School Symphonic Orchestra, followed by a panel presentation unveiling the most recent Battle of Ridgefield findings. Friday, April 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
East Ridge Middle School Auditorium, 10 East Ridge Road
Revolutionary War Reenactment Camps
Revolutionary War reenactors arrive and set up camp for the weekend, with camp tours and demonstrations Saturday and Sunday. Friday, April 29 @ 7:00 pm – Sunday, May 1 @ 5:00 pm
British encampment: Ballard Park
American encampment: Jesse Lee Methodist Church
Battle of Ridgefield Walking Tours
Revolutionary War characters will be stationed at several stops along Main Street. Each stop will feature a short, entertaining, and informative script. Saturday, April 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Battle of Ridgefield Reenactment
Revolutionary War reenactors will re-stage the historic Battle of Ridgefield on the streets of the town. Main Street will be closed to traffic from 10 am until 1 pm. Saturday, April 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Army formations will start at Jesse Lee and Ballard Park campgrounds. Battle begins at Ballard Park with focal points at Main St. at Catoonah St.; Main St. at Governor St.; and Main St. at Market St.; ending at Jesse Lee.
Archaeology Day: Digging for History
Meet the field historians who have been working on the Battle of Ridgefield project and participate in a mock dig and other fun activities. Great for all ages. Saturday, April 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Scott House, 4 Sunset Lane
Keeler Tavern: Tavern Tours
Tour the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center for a deeper look and another perspective on the Battle of Ridgefield. Saturday, April 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, 152 Main Street
The Musket Ball: A Community Celebration of the 1777 Battle of Ridgefield
Join friends and neighbors, mingle with re-enactors, and party like it’s 1777. Cocktails, dinner, dancing, magic, art lounge, and more! Saturday, April 30 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Lounsbury House, 316 Main Street
Battle of Ridgefield Funeral Procession and Ceremonial Salute
The 5th CT Regiment and The Brigade of the American Revolution will conduct a funeral procession and ceremony for the soldiers discovered in Ridgefield in 2019. Sunday, May 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm