Books and history
by Jack Sanders

A set of websites devoted to old pictures, cemetery data, biographies, place names, and a diary of a 19th Century farmer.

The town is home to many writers.


Many 20th Century Ridgefield authors are profiled here.

Titles in and out of print and mostly dealing with the town's history.

Brief essays on nature in suburbia, and life in the Old Days.

Weekly column 
about birdlife in Fairfield and Westchester Counties.

Enjoy touring the countryside on your bike? Here are 20 trips in Fairfield and Westchester Counties.
Bike trips

To learn more about Ridgefield, Connecticut, 
The Ridgefield Press

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Last updated 12/31/2009

The Secrets of Wildflowers

More than 300 colorful pages describing the natural history, folklore, uses, name origins, and horticulture of hundreds of North American wildflowers, including more than 90 color photographs by the author. Published by Lyons/Globe-Pequot. --New low price!

Ridgefield 1900-1950

An illustrated history of Ridgefield, featuring more than 215 postcards views produced in the first half of the 20th Century. Filled with interesting and entertaining facts and anecdotes about the town, its places and its people. Published by Arcadia, 2003. 

Five Village Walks

A 56-page walking history tour of the center of Ridgefield, Connecticut, extensively illustrated 
with old photos of the routes. 
Third edition published by the Ridgefield Historical Society, September 2008.

Notable Ridgefielders

Biographical sketches of some 400 interesting Ridgefielders of the 20th Century. Published Acorn Press, December 2000.

Diary of Jared Nash

Two years in the life 
of a 19th Century Ridgefield farmer 
and shoemaker. Online version.

Ridgefield Names

A history of the town of Ridgefield,
Connecticut, through more than
1,200 places names used 
in the past three centuries. 
Available online only.

Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles: 
The Lives and Lore of North American Wildflowers

McGraw-Hill hardbound and paperback editions (1993, 1995) are now out of print, but can be found used on the Internet. (Used copies of the book are usually available at www.abebooks.com, www.FetchBook.Info www.tomfolio.com, or www.bibliofind.com; just search under titles for "hedgemaids".


Internet Guide to Birds and Birding

How to use the Internet to enhance your enjoyment of bird-watching. Published by McGraw-Hill, 1999. No longer in print, but available used.

Internet Outdoor Family Fun Yellow Pages

A mouthful of a title for a book offering more than 2,000 sources of information on ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Published by McGraw-Hill, 1999. No longer in print.