“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”
– Mark Twain

April 21, 2010 marks the Centennial of Mark Twain’s passing and provides the residents of Connecticut with a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate Twain’s life in Connecticut and encourage a re-awakening of interest in Twain related research and tourism here in Connecticut.

For the past year, we have been uncovering Connecticut towns/cities connected with Mark Twain to celebrate his life and promote future tourism in Connecticut.

Our project involves online and offline exhibits designed to increase awareness of Mark Twain’s time in Connecticut by showcasing the people and places connected to him across the State. This project is timed to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of his passing in 2010.

Project Prototype. We’re using Illinois’ Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition as prototype, especially in the brochure aspect of the project.

To-date, one town – Norwalk, Connecticut – has embraced the concept and showcased their local connection with Mark Twain…I cannot tell you how thrilled I am about that and hope that the trend continues across the State.

The specific problem our offline Twain Connections exhibits address is the dismal funding environment our local libraries, museums, and historical societies are facing in the current economic downturn. Connecticut has allotted $1 for state tourism marketing in 2010. Our offline exhibits provide a means for Connecticut’s libraries, museums, and historical societies to not only increase foot traffic to their buildings, via this historic Twain Centennial, but to also showcase their own offerings and talents to an audience they may otherwise have missed. This is important as the ultimate goal of this project is to make Connecticut a destination for Mark Twain tourism and research in the future. We feel that merging information about Twain with information about the “Friends of Twain” in the many towns and cities that have a Twain Connection is a great way to promote town pride and Connecticut tourism in the future.

Bridgeport’s P.T. Barnum Museum would be a perfect example of a museum that would benefit from this “friends of Twain” marketing concept, another is Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield. In the present day people visit Keeler Tavern to learn about a colonial tavern. We hope in the future they’ll visit to learn more about Architect Cass Gilbert and his friendship with Mark Twain. By simply collaborating with us to provide the public with a location specific exhibit that sheds light not only on Twain but their local individual as well, these historic and cultural museums/centers can expand their audience and attract future visitors.

To date we have made connections in 56 towns here in Connecticut.

Full story about our efforts are posted here: http://www.marktwainlibrary.org/centennial/

Sunset Hill in the 1910's

Luttgen House and Gardens

Huntington Park Pond

Huntington Park Pond

Dam construction

Yep…you guessed it. This is what Huntington State Park used to look like, even before the Huntington’s owned it.

Some people eat at halftime, some grab a new beer, hit the bathroom…not me. I head out into the woods and see what I can find.

This past Sunday I was down in Ridgefield at my friend Craig’s on Hickory Lane watching the NCAA Basketball games. At halftime of the Tennessee vs. Michigan State game I remembered Craig had mentioned finding a granite marker in the woods behind his house. And so it was off to the woods! as soon as the buzzer sounded.

I was not disappointed. The marker was there and it had a very interesting flaw…the person who carved the R’s must have been a local because he almost carved a B and not an R on the Ridgefield side of the marker. After all that is the Branchville side of town.

Boundary Marker for Redding & Ridgefield

On the Redding side the R is clearly an R.

Ridgefield Side of Boundary Marker

On the Ridgefield side it’s a lot closer to a B. See the photo below.

Close up Showing the B

These boundary markers are more common than you think in Redding and Ridgefield. Down at the corner of Mountain Road & Peaceable Street there is a boundary marker with a R, R, W. The boundary of Redding, Ridgefield and Wilton.

Off of Old Mill Road there is a very old boundary rock marked with N, R, F. The boundary of Norwalk (Wilton), Ridgefield (Redding) and Fairfield (Weston).

Georgetown's Boundary Rock

“Ye surveyors find that ye east and south boundary lines meet on a rock on ye banks of the Norwalk River, 20 rods north of ye Danbury Cart Path fording place. Ye bounds of Norwalk and Fairfield meet on said rock.”

Close-up of N

For more on Branchville and a little about the mining industry in the area. Visit the History of Redding’s Branchville pages.

Redding, Connecticut has been the home of many famous individuals over the years. I’m sure that there are more than I have listed here but at this time these are the individuals I know of. Please feel free to contact me if you know of others.

* Paul Avgerinos (Musician)

* Joel Barlow (Poet/Politician)

* Dan Beard (Illustrator, one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America. Lived on Great Pasture)

* Rosamond Bernier (70s to ’02 – Art lecturer, author…lived on Poverty Hollow Road)

* Leonard Bernstein (50’s – Musician, composer…lived on Fox Run Road)

* Michael Ian Black (Current Resident, Comedian, Actor, Author)

* Georgie Brush (60’s – Painter..lived on Redding Ridge)

* Diana Canova (was an actress in the TV show Soap and the voice of Daphney in the original Scooby Doo cartoon.)

* Stuart Chase (30s to 80s. Economist & philosopher, activist. Worked for FDR and his book “A New Deal” was the term adopted by FDR…lived on Redding Road)

* Rachel Crothers (20s to 50s, playwright…lived on Long Ridge Road)

* Dottie Earle-DeLuca (Current resident of 25 years) Radio City Music Hall Rockette (7 years) Broadway- The Will Rogers Follies, On the Town, Music of the Night-National touring company, Andrew Lloyd Webber musical; The Ziegfield Follies of 1936-off Broadway, and the Broadway revival of Sondheim’s Follies. Hammerstein on PBS and “Liberty Weekend” a star studded event by the legendary producer David L.Wolper at Giants Stadium.

* E.W. Deming & Theresa Deming (10’s to 40’s, E.W. Deming, painter of American Indians, and his wife Theresa, author of books about Indians. They had a home on Route 53 from 1916 until he died in 1942. Theresa died in 1945. They are buried in Umpawaug cemetery.)

* Katherine Drier (20s, 30s, She was a patron of the modern art movement in the U.S. She formed the Societe Anonyme and organized the International Exhibition of Modern Art in Brooklyn in 1926 with Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. She was also a key player in founding the Museum of Modern Art in New York City…lived on Marchant Rd in 1912 and later moved across the Danbury line on Long Ridge Rd)

* Susan Boone Durkee (1970’s to Present. Mark Twain Lane) An award winning artist, Susan works out of her spacious West Redding, Connecticut studio, The Lobster Pot, so named by Mark Twain who owned the property at the turn of the century.

* Michael C. Erlanger (Writer. Lived in Redding Center)

* Howard Fast (famous auther of The Crossing and Citizen Tom Paine. Lived on Cross Highway in the 1980-1990)

* Varian Fry (the American Schindler, later in life taught at Joel Barlow High School)

* Robert S. Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald is widely known as one of the most poetic translators into the English language, best known as a translator of ancient Greek and Latin. He published translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid and Sophocles’ Oedipus plays ….lived on Seventy Acres Road, 1940’s – 1960’s)

* Hal Foster (Cartoonist-Prince Valiant)

* Gilbert Fox (Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Cartoonist)

* Francesco A. Gianninoto (Inventor, Industrial Designer. Creations included: Marlboro flip-top cigarette box, Orange-Roof of the Howard Johnson restaurants, Elsie the Borden cow. In 1984, built a 12-story-tall windmill, the tallest in Connecticut on his 23.5 acres estate in Lonetown…it produced electricity for a greenhouse, the rest was sold to a local utility company.)

* George Giusti (Graphic designer, Illustrator. Lived on Chalburn Road)

* Bernard Guerlain of Guerlain Perfumes (Owned a specialty paper company that imported artist and specialty papers, including Arches and Rives, used by printmakers and watercolorists. Lived on Sanfordtown Road.)

* Elizabeth Janeway (Author) & Elliot Janeway (Economist) late 1940s and early 1950s with their two sons on Valley Road (now Poverty Hollow Rd.) at the bottom of Church Hill Road.

* Daryl Hall (Musician-Hall & Oates. Lived on Topstone Rd.)

* Frank M. Hawks (Famous Aviator. Lived off Route 107 “Hawk’s Nest”)

* Jascha Heifetz (40s – Violinist…lived on Sanfordtown Rd)

* Elsie Hill (20s to 30s, Women’s Suffragette…lived on Seventy Acres Road)

* William E. Hill (Cartoonist)

* Anna Hyatt Huntington (Artist) Lived on Sunset Hill.

* Charles Ives (Musician) Lived on Umpawaug Hill.

* Alfred Winslow Jones (Known as the father of the hedge fund industry. Created the Wall Street “hedge fund.” …lived on Poverty Hollow Rd)

* Igor Kipnis (Musician)

* John Kirkpatrick (Musician/Professor/Writer)

* Larry Kudlow recently moved to Redding. He has his own TV show Kudlow and Company and is a syndicated columnist.

* Joseph Wood Krutch (40s. Author and Naturalist…lived on Limekiln Rd)

* Marvin Laird (Musical Director…lives on Ledgeway Road)

* Jack Lawrence (Songwriter)

* Hope Lange (Actress)

* Barry Levinson (Writer, Producer, Director)

* Enoch Light (Musician)

* David Lilienthal (50s – Scientist, Director of the Atomic Energy Commission, Director of Tennessee Valley Authority…lived on Stepney Rd)

* Walther Luttgen (1910’s-20’s) Partner at international banking firm, August Belmont & Company; Director of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, the Transatlantic Trust Company and the Rapid Transit Construction Company.; Luttgen Place in New Jersey is named for him.

* Harry Mace – Cartoonist – freelance, AMY (syndicated panel)

* Carmen Mathews (Actress. Lived on Umpawaug/Marchant…New Pond Farm)

* Meatloaf a.k.a. Marvin Lee Aday (Musician. Lived on Orchard Drive)

* John G. Mitchell (Editor-in-Chief of Sierra Club Books, Field Editor and Writer for Audubon Magazine, Environmental Editor National Geographic)

* Joseph S. Montgomery (Founder of Cannondale Bicycles, Peaceable St., Fox Run Rd., Umpawaug Rd., Granite Ridge)

* Dick Morris (White House Aide/Political Advisor)

* Walter O’Meara (Ad Executive/Writer – who lived on Sanford Town Rd – 50s)

* Fred Otnes (Artist, Illustrator. Lived on Chalburn Road)

* Albert Bigelow Paine (Writer. Lived on Diamond Hill)

* Major General Samuel Holden Parsons (1778-1782. Commander under Gen. Israel Putnam . He first proposed the idea of a Continental Congress in 1774. Appointed first Chief Judge to Northwest Territory (Ohio)…lived on Black Rock Tpke)

* Charles A. Pooler, (1957 to 1965) Amarketing research pioneer and co-founder of Ad Age magazine. Spent 20 years with Benton & Bowles advertising agency. Resided at corner of Sidecut Road and Rt.53.

* John Russell (70s to ’02 – NY Times art critic and author…lived on Poverty Hollow Road)

* Daniel Saidenberg, Poverty Hollow, an accomplished musician and conductor, who created his own chamber music group. He was an extraordinary cellist who played for the Philadelphia and Chicago Symphony orchestras.

* Elliot Scheiner (5 Time grammy Award Winning Producer/Engineer)

* Edward Steichen (Artist-Photographer) Lived on Topstone…actually Topstone Park was his property)

* Orville Schell (Civil Liberties lawyer, First Amendment defender)

* Jane and Michael Stern (Writers/Food Critics)

* Ira and Maxine Stone (Songwriters, Musicians, Performed at the Original Woodstock Festival in 1969, Redding resident’s since 1975.)

* Ruth Stout – Writer (organic gardening)

* Hume Cronyn & Jessica Tandy (40s to 50s – Stage and film actors …lived on Stepney Road)

* Russ Titelman (lived in Redding in the 1980s. He is a grammy winning record producer for Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Steve Winwood.)

* Anne Parrish Titzell (Writer…lived on Peaceable St)

* Tasha Tudor (10s to 30s. Childrens’ author and artist…lived on Tudor Rd)

* Mary Travers (Musician-Peter, Paul, Mary. Lives on Limekiln Rd.)

* Mark Twain (1908-1910, Writer) Mark Twain Lane, “Stormfield”

* Moira Wallace, Redding Ridge, Not world famous, but one of the most well known and highly regarded antique dealers of her era (1940-1985).

* Walter White (40s to 50s, Head of NAACP…lived on Seventy Acres Rd)

* Jay Williams (50s. Author)

Enjoy this list? You’ll love Dennis Paget’s new book: They All Lived in Redding.

Next Tuesday March 30th on Cablevision’s Channel 88 at 9:30pm. The show is called “Christina”. Brent Colley, Susan B. Durkee and Heather Morgan discuss their efforts to promote Mark Twain’s time in Connecticut during the Twain Centennial year of 2010.

It will also play on channel 88 in April at 8:30pm April 6th, April 13, and and April 20th.

winter scene at Putnam Park

Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhh Not again!!!

In the winter of 1778-79, General Israel Putnam’s division of the Continental Army encamped at Redding, Connecticut. Troops began to arrive at camp in November and would continue to arrive until late December.

Gen. Samuel Holden Parsons arrived at Camp 2nd Hill (the middle camp) on November 14th.

The journal of Lt. Col. Henry Dearborn, 3rd New Hampshire Regiment shows his troops arrived at the main camp (Putnam Park) on November 30th. It also indicates a mixture of snow & rain in December:

* Dec. 10th: the weather very Cold, the Snow about 6 inches.
* Dec. 13th: a very heavy storm of Rain and no bread for two days.
* Dec. 17th: a heavy Rain…
* Dec. 22nd : a severe Snow storm…
* Dec. 24th: we had Snow last night & very severe Cold today. Our men are well…Clothed and well hutted.
* Dec. 26th: we have a very severe Snow storm.
* Dec. 27th: the weather seems more like Canada, then Connecticut…

The 8th Connecticut Regiment, which encamped at Camp 2nd Hill (the middle camp), 1-2 miles to the West of the main camp, arrived “about Christmas or a little before”. Private Joseph Plumb Martin’s writes:

“We arrived at Reading about Christmas or a little before, and prepared to build our huts for our winter quarters. And now came on the time again between grass and hay, that is the winter campaign of starving.”

“…I assisted in the building of our winter huts. We got them in such a state of readiness that we moved into them about New Year’s Day. The reader may take my word, if he pleases, when I tell him that we had nothing extraordinary, either eatables or drinkables, to keep a New Year or housewarming.”

Camp Life: What the soldiers did during waking hours depended on the day and the weather. Rainy/Snowy days would be spent in their huts and/or tents repairing their gear and weapons, sewing torn clothing, or if they were lucky playing cards or dice. Sunny days would be spent foraging for wood and food; assembly and drilling in preparation for battle; scouting missions to ferret out Tories or spies; scouting missions to determine whether Cattle or any species of provision found near the lines are in danger of falling into the hands of the Enemy, or are carried there with an intent to supply them.; patrols or marches in response to British alarms.

Many of the Connecticut troops were placed on patrols at Horseneck, Stamford and Norwalk. Some were sent over to “no-man’s land” in Westchester County and several hundred troops were sent to New London for guard duty and the construction of Fort Griswold.

Private Martin’s diary indicates some of the local troops obtained furloughs in February.

“It was now the beginning of February. Many of the men had obtained furloughs to go home and visit their friends…”

Martin was one of those sent to New London from March until May, and from his entries, the conditions there were not any better than in Redding.

“I had not been in camp more than a week before I was sent off with a large detachment to New London to guard the fortifications in and about that town…we were put into houses, and here, too, we almost starved to death, and I believe should have quite starved, had we not found some clams…we stayed here, starving, until the first of May, when we received orders to march to camp and join our regiments.”

Orders and reports coming out of Redding or relating to Redding:

Camp, 2nd Hill, Nov. 17, 1778

“The General having obtained permission of the Commander in Chief to be absent a few days from the Division, the Command will devolve upon Brigadier General Huntington. General McDougal is happy that it falls upon a gentleman in whose care for and attention to the Troops he has the utmost confidence. The orders will be issued as usual at the Headquarters of the Division.”

Report out of the New Hampshire division, Date unknown

“162 men in Hazen’s regiment were ‘unfit for duty for want of shoes.'”

Report out of the New Hampshire division, Dec. 5, 1778

“at twelve at night we were alarmed by hearing that the enemy are at Terry Town (below Peekskill) in force. In consequence of which a detachment of 1500 men from the three brigades under General Putnam’s command were ordered to march…'”

Report out of the New Hampshire division, Dec. 9, 1778

“we returned to camp…'”

Report out of the New Hampshire division, Dec. 12, 1778

“we are very busy at work upon our huts, amongst the snow…'”

Report out of the New Hampshire division, Dec. 16, 1778

“we begin to get into our huts…'”

General Putnam’s Orders, Dec. 18, 1778

“Lieut. Col. Bulter of Wylly’s Regiment is promoted to the command of the 2nd Company Battalion and is to be obeyed as such. Colonel Meigs is appointed Inspector of the Division and to do the duty of Adj. General for the same until further orders. Quartermaster Belding of the 1st Connecticut Brigade is appointed Quartermaster of the Division and is to do that duty until further orders. David Humphrey, Esq. Late Brigade Major to General Parsons is appointed aide de camp to General Putnam until further orders.”

Report out of the New Hampshire division, Dec. 19, 1778

“we are in our huts…'”

Report out of the New Hampshire division, Dec. 22, 1778

“a severe snow storm…'”

Report out of the New Hampshire division, Dec. 25, 1778

“Christmas Day. The Weather is so cold we take but little notice of the day…'”

Report out of the New Hampshire division, Dec. 26, 1778

” we have a very severe snow storm…”

Parsons’ Brigade Orders, Dec. 27, 1778

“The General of the brigade informs the officers and soldiers that he has used every possible method to supply flour or bread to the brigade. Although a sufficiency of every article necessary is at Danbury, the weather had been so extreme that it is impossible for teams to pass to that place. Every measure is taken to supply flour, rum, salt and every necessary tomorrow, at which time, if a quantity sufficient comes in, all past allowances shall be made up. The General, therefore, desires for the honor of this corps and their own personal reputation, the soldiery, under the special circumstances caused by the severity of the season, will make themselves contented to that time.”

Petition of the Connecticut Soldiers in the Revolutionary Army, to His Excellency, Jonathan Trumbull, Governor of Connecticut. Captain Nathaniel Webb’s Orderly Book, Camp Reading, Dec. 27, 1778.

“May it please your Excellency. The Sense of Importance of opposing with Force, ye attempts of Great Britain to enslave our Country, induces us to lay before your Excellency the Condition of that Part of ye Army raised from the State of Connecticut & ye great Danger of their disbanding & returning to their several Homes.

They have may it please your Excellency been promised a Blanket, & other Clothing annually from ye Continent & a Blanket from ye State every year, for each non-commissioned Officer & Soldier, those Promises have not been complied with, so far from it, that although we have not, one half ye Quota of Men this State was to raise, we assure you not less than four hundred are to this Day totally destitute, & no one has received two Blankets according to Contract, nor has more than one half of the Clothing promises ever been received or any compensation made for ye deficiency, that when they have Coats they are without Breeches, & when they are supplied with Shoes, they have neither Stockings nor Shirts, & at this Inclement Season many of our Men are suffering for want of Blankets, Shirts, Breeches, Shoes & Stockings, & some are destitute of Coats & Waistcoats.

The increasing Price of every necessary [necessity] and Convenience of Life, is another Grievance most [unreadable] experienced by ye Soldiery in their Marches, & in other Situations, they are necessitated to purchase Provisions and Vegetables when in Camp. The Prices now asked for one Meal is from three to eight Shillings. Turnips from two to three Dollars per Bushel & other Vegetables in proportion, that a Soldiers month Pay is consumed in about three days in furnishing himself with necessaries not supplied by the Public. – These are Grievances very greatly and Justly complained of by your Soldiers, & Officers of every Rank are Sharers in the Consequences of these Evils.

An expectation of Redress has retained ye Soldiery hitherto, but Desertions Daily increase & unless that Justice which is their due is done, We assure your Excellency we fear it will not be in our Power to retain them. We have ye greatest Reason to believe they will wait ye Event only of their Petition at ye Adj. Assembly, & should that Assembly arise without doing them Justice in ye past depredation of ye Currency, we are convinced ye greater part of ye Soldiery will desert.

We assure your Excellency we have & shall continue to appease every discontent which has ye remotest Tendency to produce Mutiny & Desertion or any other Act prejudicial to ye Service & we have ye Satisfaction to believe we posses ye Love & Affection of ye Soldiery & that they are not desirous to forsake us or ye Cause of their Country.

But it may please your Excellency they are naked in severe Winter, they are hungry & have no Money… We have promised them redress, we have assured them of ye good Intentions of their Country towards them, & that Justice…us as their Soldiery under our Command which is our just Right, but we cannot be convinced tis’ more.

Reasonable for us to rely on ye Provision Congress may be supposed to make some future Time, than for this State to rely on that Body for doing them Justice, especially when we consider ye conditions of ye Officers & Soldiers from ye Extreme Parts of ye States in ye Union, are so very different that one general Rule cannot be adopted which will do justice, & that when we consider that your Excellency is your Proclamation for raising ye Soldiers pledge ye faith of ye State for ye punctual fulfillment of every Engagement, made with ye Soldiers by Congress.

We hope & trust that our Assembly at their next Session will remove ye Causes of out Complaint & satisfy us those Loses we have sustained by ye past depreciation of Money & give those Assurances of keeping good our future pay & redress our other Grievances that no Cause of Complaint may remain among us, but should not this be done, we still think it to be our Indispensible Duty to make this public Representation before ye Evils we are convinced will flow from them have happened, least we should be [tough to read, ends in r-e-d] for our Silence when ye Event has taken place.

We beg your Excellency to lay this Representation before ye Assembly & to assure them we have ye most ardent Desire to assist in our several Stations in reducing that Power which involved out Country in this Cruel War & to promote that Order & decency in ye Soldiery, so necessary to ye Attainment of this End. We have furnished our Agent with a Calculation, founded on ye best Evidence in our power, that being adopted by our Assembly will in our Opinion quiet our Troops & that nothing short will give them Satisfaction.

We have the Honor to be with ye Greatest Esteem Your Excellencies.
Ob’t Servants”

Source: New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1873) Vol. 27:58-60

The journals of private Joseph Plumb Martin (stationed with the 8th Connecticut in Parsons’ middle camp) January, 1779

“We settled in our winter quarters at the commencement of the new year and went on in our old Continental Line of starving and freezing. We now and then got a little bad bread and salt beef (I believe chiefly horse-beef for it was generally thought to be such at the time). The month of January was very stormy, a good deal of snow fell, and in such weather it was mere chance if we got anything at all to eat.”

George Washington to Deputy Clothier Gen. George Measam, January 8, 1779

“It has been represented to me that the troops of Connecticut are in great want of Shirts, Stockings and Shoes. This leads me to inquire of you whether they have not received their proportion of these Articles in common with the rest of the Army. The troops in general have obtained orders for a Shirt and pair of Stockings per man and a pair of Shoes to each that wanted. If the Connecticut Troops have not been furnished … you will on receiving proper Returns for that purpose supply them in conformity to this Rule.”

George Washington to the Board of War, January 9, 1779

“Sir: I have the honor. of yours of the 7th. instant. As there is not probably a sufficiency of Mittens for the whole Army, a partial distribution would occasion uneasiness among those who were not supplied. Instead therefore of a general delivery, I should think it better to have them lodged with the Clothiers attending the Army to be delivered out occasionally to detachments going upon a duty that will expose them to the inclemency of the Weather.”

General Putnam’s Orders, Feb. 4, 1779

Edward Jones was tried at a General Court Martial for going to and serving the enemy, and coming out as a spy. He was found guilty of each and every charge exhibited against him, and according to Law and the Usage’s of Nations was sentenced to suffer Death:

“The General approves the sentence and orders it to be put in execution between the hours of ten and eleven A.M. by hanging him by the neck till he be dead.”

General Putnam’s Orders, Feb. 6, 1779

John Smith of the 1st Connecticut Regiment, was tried at a General Court Martial for desertion and attempting to go to the enemy, found guilty, and further persisting in saying that he will go to the enemy if ever he has an opportunity.

“The General approves the sentence and orders that it be put in execution between the hours of ten and twelve A.M. for him to be shot to death”

Report out of Canadian 2nd Regiment, Feb. 11, 1779

“This day a detachment from our Brigade (under the command of Major Torrey of our Regiment) consisting of one Major, two Captains, four Subalterns, six Sergeants, six Corporals, two Drums and Fifes, and one hundred and one Privates, marched from here to reinforce the Detachment at Horse Neck (Greenwich).”

General Putnam’s Orders, Feb. 13, 1779

“The General directs that no person be permitted to visit the prisoners under sentence of death unless at their request as frequent complaints have been made that they are interrupted in their private devotions by persons who come for no other purpose but to insult them.”

Headquarters, Reading, March 21, 1779

“Col. Hazen’s Regiment will march to Springfield in 3 Divisions by the shortest notice: the first Division will march on Monday next, and the other two will follow on Thursday and Friday next, weather permitting, and in case the detached parties join the Regiment, Col. Hazen will take with him one piece of Cannon and a proportionate number of Artillery men.”

Headquarters, Reading, April 11, 1779

“The officers are requested to lose no time in preparing for the field, that they may be ready to leave their present quarters at the shortest notice…No officers whose duty does not really require him to be on horseback will be permitted to keep horses with the Army- It ought to be the pride of an officer to share the fatigues, as well as the dangers to which the men are exposed to on foot…General Washington strongly recommends the officers divest themselves (as much as possible) of everything superfluous.”

Headquarters, Reading, May 24, 1779

“General Parsons orders the Brigade to be ready to march tomorrow at 6 o’clock A.M. Complete for Action.” *This Brigade seems to have returned to the Highlands via Ridgefield and Bedford.

Headquarters, Reading, May 27, 1779

“Major General Putnam about to take command of one of the Wings of the Grand Army, before he leaves the troops who have served under him the winter past, thinks it his duty to signify to them his entire approbation of their regular and soldier like conduct, and wishes them a successful and glorious campaign.”

Headquarters, Reading, May 28, 1779

“Daniel Vaughn and Jonathan Gore of the 8th Connecticut Regiment. Tried by a Brigade Court Martial whereof Lt. Col. Sumner was President, for stealing a cup from Captain Zalmon Read of Reading. The Court are of the opinion that the charges against Vaughn and Gore are not supported.”

Danbury News-Times:
Feds fail to fund Georgetown station
By Robert Miller, Staff Writer Danbury News-Times
Published: 11:18 a.m., Friday, February 19, 2010

REDDING — The federal Department of Transportation will not give Georgetown Land Development Company — which is planning the transformation of the old Gilbert & Bennett wire factory — a $28 million grant to build the train station that is a key component of the development.

The development, as planned, would convert the factory site into a multi-million dollar mixed-use development of apartments, commercial and office space.

A train station on the Danbury-to-Norwalk Metro-North line at the development site was one of the essential elements of the transit-oriented development.

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Local housing market: More activity spurs hope

Written by Rachel Kirkpatrick
Monday, 01 February 2010

Things are “picking up” in the local housing market, according to several Realtors, and the spring season may bring the needed proof.

“Everyone talks about spring — but traditionally, for Realtors, it starts three or four weeks into January,” said Redding resident Ira Stone, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Previews. “We consider it the spring market now, and while it’s certainly not as robust as we’ve seen in some prior years, it’s definitely kicking off with much more momentum than it did last year at this time.”

Locally, the numbers show how much of a change the market has been through in just a couple of years. In 2007, 107 listings were sold in Redding. In 2008, there were 75 listings sold, and in 2009, 70.

The average list and sale prices have also dropped over the last two years. The average list price in 2007 was $889,768, with an average sale price of $843,994. In 2008, the average list price was $765,200, with an average sale price of $717,714. And in 2009, the average list price was $708,442, with an average sale price of $664,338.

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Redding resident Randi Hutton, a Realtor with Hutton Edge of William Raveis, points to the lowest price of a home sold in 2009, which was $168,900; looking back to 2007, the lowest price of a home sold was $392,000 — both were for three-bedroom homes.

“Buyers are very savvy and very cautious now and they’re also not necessarily having the largest-is-the-best mentality,” Ms. Hutton said. “Their mindset is more conscious of the costs of running a home, maintenance and taxes.”

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