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Ridgefield is rich in history, but unlike neighboring communities, for most of its existence it had no active historical society - a central location for collecting, preserving and interpreting materials that document the history of the town. In 2001 that gap was filled by the newly-formed Ridgefield Historical Society.
The Society occupies the Scott House, a reconstructed 1714 saltbox on town land at the corner of Sunset Lane and Grove Street, facing a small park. It is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
Some of the services the society provides to the community are:
- Collecting and Cataloging:
Forming a reference library of manuscripts, photos, records and books relating to the history of Ridgefield.
- Archival Storage:
Providing a climate-controlled storage area for holding and protecting original documents.
- Town-wide Data Base:
Maintaining a list of the historical documents and materials that exist at other sites in Ridgefield.
- Oral History:
Recording the recollections of older residents and preparing transcripts for use by researchers.
- Working with Schools:
Helping local students examine documents and learn about the history of Ridgefield.
- Historic Preservation:
Updating and disseminating information on Ridgefield's historic buildings and sites.
- Helping Researchers:
Assisting genealogists and others who seek information about old Ridgefield and its residents.
Sponsoring exhibits, lectures and workshops at the Scott House and at other sites.
Publishing the results of individual research and offering for sale books such as Five Village Walks and Images of Ridgefield.