What if – Easton had a Railroad?

Part Three of the Historical Society of Easton’s Series on transportation in Easton. Our Easton in the service Series will continue in July.

By 1900 there were only four towns in Fairfield County that weren’t served by a railroad – Sherman, New Fairfield, Weston and our own Easton. Continue reading “What if – Easton had a Railroad?”

From Cowpaths to Highways – A Two Hundred & Fifty Year Journey

Part Two of the Historical Society of Easton’s Series on Transportation in Easton. Our Easton in the Service Series will resume in July.

Prior to the Town of Fairfield’s purchase of approximately 52,000 acres of land from Native Americans during the 1660’s, the land that now comprises Continue reading “From Cowpaths to Highways – A Two Hundred & Fifty Year Journey”

A Unique Opportunity to Preserve Our Heritage

This is everyone’s opportunity to see this magnificent structure up close and personal! Making sure that this church remains intact for future generations is the responsibility of this generation. Let’s not let our grandchildren and great grandchildren down!

Edwin Gilbert Continue reading “A Unique Opportunity to Preserve Our Heritage”

The Long & Winding Road – The Transition from the Horse & Buggy to the Automobile

Part One of the Historical Society of Easton’s Series on Transportation in Easton.

In the beginning, when man needed to move about the landscape, he walked. Everywhere. All the time.

By the time our ancestors arrived in Easton and Redding, they had either horses or oxen to aid Continue reading “The Long & Winding Road – The Transition from the Horse & Buggy to the Automobile”

Genealogy – Tools & Tricks of the Trade

Everyone has seen those warm & fuzzy advertisements on television singing the praises of ancestry.com and its ability to provide you with links to your long-forgotten ancestors and the roots of your family tree. Amazingly, the handsome young chap in their commercial is the spitting Continue reading “Genealogy – Tools & Tricks of the Trade”

Remembering the Narrows – As Recalled and Narrated by the Late Arthur Wheeler

Arthur Ellis Wheeler was born May 9, 1887 in Easton. He worked for Burritt Lumber in Bridgeport in its various corporate forms for his entire career, beginning as an estimator in 1905, then rising to their corporate secretary in 1936 – a position he held until his retirement in 1973. Continue reading “Remembering the Narrows – As Recalled and Narrated by the Late Arthur Wheeler”

When Opportunity Knocks

This article began life as another in our series of Easton in the Service. While Brigadier General Edwin Norman Clark was born in Parkersburg, Iowa, he lived a major portion of his eighty years in Easton. And how many towns the size of Easton can boast having a United States Military Continue reading “When Opportunity Knocks”

Hot Dog Wars – the Blue Bird Inn v. the Blue Bird Inn

One of my favorite activities as a child was taking a weekend drive around Easton & Weston with my father in his sporty British Racing Green Jaguar XK-140 coupe. At least once or twice a month, the throaty Jag would find its way to the Old Blue Bird Inn on Black Rock Turnpike. My Continue reading “Hot Dog Wars – the Blue Bird Inn v. the Blue Bird Inn”

James & Frank Nagy – Easton Brothers Gone To War

Part of the Historical Society of Easton’s year-long series: Easton in the Service.

Immigrants aboard the SS Kroonland heading from Antwerp to New York for a new and better life in the early 20th Century

It was cold and raining when a 20-year-old Hungarian by the name of Gabor Continue reading “James & Frank Nagy – Easton Brothers Gone To War”

87-Year Old Photographic Maps Offer a Unique Look into Our Past

Some of the most frequent requests we get at the Historical Society revolve around house histories. In Easton, we have well over 200 properties that are listed with the state in our historical buildings inventory. When one discounts the age factor, not of all of these structures Continue reading “87-Year Old Photographic Maps Offer a Unique Look into Our Past”

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