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may, 2019

22may(may 22)8:30 am15aug(aug 15)4:30 amPostal Ridgefield: An Exhibit at Town Hall

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The Ridgefield Historical Society is pleased to present the exhibit, Postal Ridgefield, on view now through
August 15 on the main floor of the Ridgefield Town Hall. This exhibit,
sponsored by the Historical Society and assembled by Jack and Sally Sanders
from material in their own collection, aims to show the many, varied, and often
fascinating aspects of Ridgefield’s postal history.   

 

Mail had long been a popular and affordable way to send
messages to family, friends, and businesses. And despite lack of electronics
and high-speed transportation for most of its history, U.S. mail was incredibly
efficient.

The first mail to Ridgefield from the outside world arrived via
stagecoach at the Keeler Tavern. In 1793, a year after the U.S. Post Office
Department was created, Ridgefield’s first official post office opened in the
King & Dole Store, now the Aldrich Museum offices.

In the years that followed, post offices were often set up
in stores, whose owners were also the postmasters. By 1900, there were also
neighborhood post offices in Ridgebury, Titicus, and Branchville. The first
freestanding post office opened in 1922, right across the street, where Addessi
Jewelers currently stands.

Ridgefield had a rich postal history in another respect.
Amazingly, seven people who have lived here have been honored on U.S. stamps.
In addition, scores of U.S. stamps have been designed by Ridgefield artists.

Visit the exhibit during Town Hall open hours Monday through
Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, visit the Historical
Society’s website at
ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org or
Jack Sanders’ website at
RidgefieldHistory.com.

Cost

Free

Phone

203-438-5821

Time

May 22 (Wednesday) 8:30 am - August 15 (Thursday) 4:30 am

Location

Ridgefield Town Hall

400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT

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