The Keeler Tavern Museum tells the story of the property from its earliest days as a farmhouse through its years as a tavern, hotel and wealthy family’s estate. The book, with 52 pages of color photographs and text, may be purchased for $10 at the museum gift shop.

The museum also published A View from the Inn, the diaries of Anna Ressiguie, who lived at Keeler Tavern in the mid-1800s. It offers a fascinating view of mid-19th Century life in Ridgefield. The price is $36 at the museum. For details, call 203-438-5485.

The Postcard History Series edition on Ridgefield 1900-1950 is by Ridgefield Press Editor Jack Sanders. Published in 2003, copies are available for sale at Books on the Common, Ridgefield Hardware, and the Chamber of Commerce among other places, or by calling 1-888-313-2665. The price is $19.99.

Farmers Against the Crown is a comprehensive account of the Revolutionary War Battle in Ridgefield, April 27, 1777, by Keith Marshall Jones III, published in 2002. Also by Mr. Jones is The Farms of Farmingville, published in 2001. It is a 200-year history of 23 surviving farmhouses in Ridgefield and the families who lived in them. Published by Connecticut Colonel Publishing Company, the book may be purchased for $34.95 at the Keeler Tavern Museum, Books on the Common, and Squash’s.

George L. Rockwell’s History of Ridgefield, available at bookstores and the Keeler Tavern Museum in a reprint edition, was originally published in 1928 and covers the town from 1708 to around 1920. Its 583 pages include many old photos. The book is $35 at Keeler Tavern Museum.

Ridgefield in Review, Silvio Bedini’s 396-page history published in 1958, is out in a reprint and includes some of the history found in Rockwell, plus much additional material and more about 20th Century Ridgefield. Mail order from Higginson Book Company, 148N Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970, at $44.50.

The Centenary, a 184-page look at Ridgefield since 1875 from the pages of The Ridgefield Press, was published on the paper’s 100th anniversary in 1975. It’s $5 at The Press office, 16 Bailey Avenue.

The Proprietors of Ridgefield by Glenna M. Welsh is a 188-page illustrated collection of essays on aspects of early Ridgefield and colonial life, published in 1976. It’s $15 at the Keeler Tavern Museum.

Impact: The Historical Account of the Italian Immigrants of Ridgefield, Connecticut by Aldo P. Biagiotti tells where the town’s Italian-American families came from and how they prospered in Ridgefield. It has many photos and biographical sketches. The book sells for $14.95 at the Italian-American Club, 32 Prospect Street.

Five Village Walks, published by the Ridgefield Archives Committee, details walking tours of the village, pointing out historic and otherwise interesting locations, illustrated with many old photos and engravings. The book was written by Jack Sanders, a longtime Ridgefield Press editor. Copies at $5 are available at many stores, the Keeler Tavern Museum, and The Ridgefield Press.

Images of America: Ridgefield is a 128-page paperback containing more than 230 pictures of Ridgefield from the 1880s through the 1950s, taken from old photos (many by Joseph Hartmann — see below) and postcards. Published by the Ridgefield Archives Committee in the summer of 1999, copies are available at town hall, bookstores and elsewhere at $18.99.

Notable Ridgefielders, published by Hersam Acorn Newspapers in December 2000, is a Who’s Who of People Who Made News in the 20th Century. Copies are available for $5 at Hersam Acorn Newspapers, 16 Bailey Avenue, or online at

The Barbour Collection: Vol. 36 is a statewide collection that indexes Ridgefield births, marriages, and deaths from 1709 to 1850. For information, visit

The History of Ridgefield, Connecticut, is an early work, published in 1878 by the Rev. Daniel Teller of the First Congregational Church. It has interesting early photographs. For used copies, check

St. Stephen’s Church, 1725 to 1975 was written by Robert S. Haight. Copies are sold by the church; e-mail for information.