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*Ridgefield

Ridgefield

New Jersey, United States

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725 Slocum Avenue, New Jersey, Ridgefield 07657

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  • HOME HEALTH
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  • SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTRES

Language/Culture

  • English

Age Groups

  • Adolescents(13-18 yrs)
  • Adults(19-25 yrs)
  • Children(4-12 yrs)
  • Elderly(51-65 yrs)
  • Middle Age(36-50 yrs)
  • Old(65+ yrs)
  • Youth(26-35 yrs)

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Ridgefield was first settled by English colonists from Norwalk and Milford in 1708, when a group of settlers purchased land from Chief Catoonah of the Ramapo tribe.[citation needed] The town was incorporated under a royal charter from the Connecticut General Assembly issued in 1709.[2] Ridgefield was descriptively named.[3] The most notable 18th-century event was the Battle of Ridgefield on April 27, 1777. This American Revolutionary War skirmish involved a small colonial militia force (state militia and some Continental Army soldiers), led by, among others, General David Wooster, who died in the engagement, and Benedict Arnold,[4] whose horse was shot from under him. They faced a larger British force that had landed at Westport and was returning from a raid on the colonial supply depot in Danbury. The battle was a tactical victory for the British but a strategic one for the Colonials because the British would never again conduct inland operations in Connecticut, despite western Connecticut's strategic importance in securing the Hudson River Valley.[5] Today, the dead from both sides are buried together in a small cemetery on Main Street on the right of the entrance to Casagmo condominiums: "...foes in arms, brothers in death...". The Keeler Tavern, a local inn and museum, features a British cannonball still lodged in the side of the building. There are many other landmarks from the Revolutionary War in the town, with most along Main Street.

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