Keeler Tavern Museum

SoundBeacher and I met up in Ridgefield, Connecticut yesterday to work on a joint project of that town’s amazing antique homes. We were treated to a private tour of Historic Main Street by a fantastic volunteer of the Keeler Tavern Museum and even though I go to or through Ridgefield on occasion, there was so much I didn’t know… but learned yesterday. Our guide thanked us for not having our eyes gloss over! We said we could have heard ten times more. That’s the true definition of a mutual admiration society.

The photos represent both our efforts, SoundBeacher the majority seen below. Amazing eye, SoundBeacher, amazing.

There will be more Ridgefield posts. What I’ll likely do is run the Cuba posts, then the Ridgefield ones. Mr. EOS and I are knee-deep in South American departure details so these posts couldn’t come at a better time for me since I got nothing, nada, zippo. Even Dawg has nothing to report!

The centerpiece of antiquity in Ridgefield is the Keeler Tavern Museum. Click here for the page on the History of the Museum. It’s a good read.

Keeler Tavern Museum, the most important building in Ridgefield C.1713.

Now a museum, it began as an inn and tavern for travelers who came along the inland route from NYC heading north to Danbury.

Here is the explanation

Sign, one side with two Indians, the other a colonial man

Here is a boot scraper on the entry door of the north side of the house, it’s is bent from much use, it seems

And a well-used gate

These stones are stacked to make a carriage step by the entrance to the Keeler Tavern. Making it easier for the guests to alight from the horse drawn carriage. The one time owner of the Inn was a principle in a carriage factory which was located nearby. His business came from as far away as New Orleans.

The original front entrance

On April 27, 1777, after the Battle of Ridgefield during the Revolutionary War, the Tavern was fired on by British troops proceeding south on Main Street. Timothy Keeler, a patriot, was making musket balls in the basement. One British cannonball was imbedded in a corner post where it remains today.

7 thoughts on “Keeler Tavern Museum

  1. I wish I could have gone or been included. What about a field trip one day when we ALL get to go? No fair you and SoundBeacher having all the fun.

    This is a sensational post and so informative, not to mention that the photos are top-notch. My children have been to Keeler a few times for school trips and even they were “blown away” by the canon ball! 🙂 It’s a visit that everyone who lives in Connecticut should do.

  2. Did your guide tell you how many people call for dinner reservations, still thinking it’s a tavern?

    We took the tour a few springs ago and were so impressed with the knowledge of our guide. She had every detail covered and no question was left unanswered.

    Good job you two. More joint projects, please.

  3. This is history reporting at its best. I’m in Hong Kong now but grew up in that part of Connecticut and just seeing those photos make me long for a 12 over 12 windows or the gambrel roof-line. Thanks.

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