Ridgefield’s Keeler Tavern Museum offers visitors insight into American history

Noble Horvath

News 12 Staff Sep 24, 2020, 2:17pm EDT Updated on:Sep 24, 2020, 2:17pm EDT The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center in Ridgefield Connecticut has a rich history of both the American Revolution and the Gilded Age. The site goes back to 1708 and tells the story of how Ridgefield […]

The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center in Ridgefield Connecticut has a rich history of both the American Revolution and the Gilded Age.

The site goes back to 1708 and tells the story of how Ridgefield was settled. 

Since the foundation of the town in 1708, the property has not changed much beyond the old home. 

There was the early Homestead and then Timothy and Esther Keeler, who opened it up as a tavern.

The home was also the post office.

The museum’s most well-known, most famous feature is a cannonball that’s lodged in a wall. It was shot into the wall in 1777 during the battle of Ridgefield, which was one of the battles of the American Revolution.

The one thing that really distinguishes the home from other historic sites is the breath and depth of its 300 years of history.

The walled garden at the museum, designed by Cass Gilbert for his wife Julia, is a part of the four-acre historic site and it’s right on Main Street. 

The museum’s self-guided walking tour highlights a number of the changes that Gibert made to the property when he purchased it in 1907. 

People are encouraged to visit the museum because there’s a variety of history, it’s beautiful and it’s a way to experience American history in a way that many don’t see even on television either. 

It’s a quieter history, but also an important part and a number of the historic events that occurred there fit into a number of the larger aspects of American history like the Gilded Age and the American Revolution.

Visitors can even see a great deal of that on the outside spaces of museum.

The museum will also present the “Ghosts of Ridgefield” in October.

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