The Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center has been a farmhouse, tavern, stagecoach stop, post office, hotel for travelers, and the home of noted architect Cass Gilbert. In 1966, a group of Ridgefield residents decided to preserve its rich history and established it as a museum. Today, Keeler Tavern continues with its mission of assisting visitors, students, and scholars in understanding the significant lives and events during its 300-year history. It pursues this mission by preserving and protecting the museum’s physical and intellectual assets in addition to sharing them with the widest possible audience, whether on campus or through programs of outreach.
What about the cannonball?
On April 27, 1777, after the Battle of Ridgefield during the Revolutionary War, the Tavern was fired on by British troops proceeding south on Main Street. Timothy, a patriot, was making musket balls in the basement. One British cannonball was imbedded in a corner post where it remains today.