Declaration Celebration & Open House

10Jul2016

10am - 4pm

Burning of Fairfield Walking Tours

Three cheers for the red, white and blue! Bring your friends and family to the historic Town Green to celebrate the final day of our special display of the Declaration of Independence! Pack a picnic or sample from local food trucks as you enjoy crafts, games, a British encampment, walking tours and family fun! The Buzz Truck will be on site from 10am - 1pm.

View a real British encampment that will simulate what Fairfield looked like when the redcoats invaded. Experience life during the Revolutionary War by visiting with members of the 54th CT Regiment of Foot, a British regiment like the ones who invaded Fairfield in 1779. The members of the 54th will set up a British soldier’s encampment, explaining the equipment that was likely used during the British invasion of Fairfield as well as demonstrating the manual of arms. There might also be a need to proclaim the “King’s will” to those in attendance while being part of the force occupying the town for the day!

Plus, in honor of the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, take a look at an early version of the Declaration of Independence and other historical artifacts such as a document bearing John Hancock’s famous signature! Connecticut signers of the Declaration included Oliver Wolcott, Roger Sherman, William Williams and Samuel Huntington.
PatriotBank_rgb-600The Declaration of Independence will be on display from July 1 - 17 and is sponsored by Patriot Bank.



Burning of Fairfield Walking Tours
Sunday, July 10. Tours at 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm and 2pm
Adults: $10; Students: $5. Advanced, online registration is required here >> 

Join us for a walking tour that will bring the Fairfield Town Green to life and experience the Town’s burning as if you were there! Stroll back in time while exploring the history and events surrounding the attack on Fairfield by the British on July 7-8, 1779. Listen to the Proclamation from British General William Tryon and Admiral Collier, to the people of Connecticut. Hear the anguished words of Eunice Burr, as she witnesses the ransacking and destruction of her home, at the site where it happened. Young William Wheeler’s voice speaks to you of his family’s struggle to evacuate the town and his feelings of pride at the heroic actions of the local militia and the Fort at Black Rock as they work to fend off the Crown Forces. Think about the somber after action report of Reverend Andrew Eliot as he reflects on the events of those two days in July, and their meaning for the town and its future.

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