Ridgefield Place Names beginning with L

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Lacha Linne is a name applied to Hopper's Pond, which is just north of the intersection of South Salem and Old South Salem Roads.

The name is Gaelic for "duck pond" and ducks have for years inhabited and still do inhabit the pond, along with lots of duckweed. Now owned by the James M. Blackwells, the pond has been called Lacha Linne for many years by owners, although some oldtimers still prefer to call it Hopper's Pond (q.v.) after a man who lived nearby in the 1920's. "Lacha Linne" may have been chosen by Reginald Lewis, a former owner of the pond, or by Robert P. Scripps (see Scripps Pond).


Lafayette Avenue, which runs off Copps Hill Road to Washington Street, recalls the Marquis de Lafayette, who accompanied General George Washington, Col. Alexander Hamilton and others from New Jersey to Hartford in September 1780. The group stopped in Ridgebury for the night of Sept. 19-20, staying at various houses and taverns near the Ridgebury Congregational Church.

Fortunately, the road name does not use the French nobleman's full name. Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier Lafayette was born in 1757. He was a captain in a dragoon regiment at Metz when, in the summer of 1776, he heard that the American colonies had declared their independence. He immediately decided to aid them and secretly obtained a ship in which he, the Baron de Kalb and 10 other officers set sail, eluding officers sent to prevent his departure.

He fought in many battles, was injured at Brandywine while rallying the retreating Americans, and was one of the members of the court which tried and convicted Major John Andre (whom Lt. Joshua King of King Lane [q.v.] had guarded till his hanging).

After the war both Washington and Congress heartily thanked him for his services to the nation. He returned to France, where he was a major general and where he served in many military and government positions through times of turmoil and of peace, and was once jailed for five years. In 1824, he made a triumphant return visit to this country and was so popular that Congress voted him a grant of $200,000 and a whole township of land. He died in 1834 in France.

Once of his sons, incidentally, was named George Washington Lafayette.

Lafayette Avenue was developed and named by the late William T. Peatt Sr. as part of Peatt Park.

LAKES NUMBER 1, 2, 3 and 4

When the Ridgefield Lakes were subdivided for summer camps in the 1920's, maps gave the new, man-made lakes numbers instead of names, and to this day deeds for properties at the large development often refer to the lakes by numbers.

Lake Number One is now commonly called Wataba or Rainbow Lake.

Lake Number Two is a small body of water on the north side of Fox Hill Lake, just north of Bennett's Farm Road. It has little water and apparently no common name.

Lake Number Three was not developed and today is just a creek and a drawing on old maps. In fact, portions of it were subdivided and now have houses where water was to be. The planned lake was west of Lakeside Drive, north of Mountain Road, and east of Bennett's Farm Road.

Lake Number Four is Fox Hill Lake.


Lake Road is a small loop road off Mountain Road at the west end of Rainbow Lake. It is one of the many private roads at the Ridgefield Lakes.


Lakeland Hills is a subdivision of 27 lots obtained in 1954 by Harold Goldsmith for about 30 acres on the north side of Bennett's Farm Road, opposite the Ridgebury School site.

The development includes Skytop Road, Douglas Lane, and North Shore Drive.

The name refers to the hills to the north and to Lake Windwing, which Mr. Goldsmith created on the east side of the subdivision.


Lakeview Drive is another of the many narrow private roads at the Ridgefield Lakes. It runs from Great Hill Road south to Highview Road generally along the east shore of Fox Hill Lake.


Lakeview Road is a name that has been used for two roads in the past, but none today.

In the early 1900's, the name was applied - perhaps casually - to Tackora Trail because of its view of Lake Mamanasco. (In those days of farming, there weren't nearly as many trees which today block the view of the lake.)

For a while in the 1960's, the name was also used for Bayberry Hill Road, from Branchville Road to the loop, because it overlooked John's Pond to the north. The name was changed because of confusion with already existing Lakeside Drive about four miles away.


Langstroth Drive, which extends from George Washington Highway to Sophia Drive, is named for the late Dr. Francis Ward Langstroth, whose farm became the Scodon subdivision, which includes this road.

Dr. Langstroth, who had been a physician on Long Island, came to Ridgefield in 1922, buying the 79-acre farm of Alexander Baylis of New York City. He did not practice medicine here and for most of his days was retired, although he did raise Irish setters.

He was a frequent speaker at town meetings and would sometimes deliver "fiery" orations, according to one oldtimer.

While here he married Sophia Langstroth, for whom Sophia Drive is named.

Dr. Langstroth and his wife moved to Florida in the 1950's and he died around 1960. His wife remarried and was known as Sophia L. Kearney until her death in the early 1970's in St. Petersburg.

The road was built in the 1960's by subdividers Carleton A. Scofield and Judge Joseph H. Donnelly (whence the name, Scodon). It is sometimes incorrectly spelled Langstroff. 


Lantern Drive recalls something that never existed.

When Robert E. Roache subdivided this tract off Limekiln Road, he had a pair of pillars erected at the end of the road with the intention of putting lanterns on them - adding a bit of "class" to the subdivision's entrance.

However, he either never got around to installing them or he feared the lanterns would be stolen or vandalized. At any rate, the lanterns never appeared, even though the brick pillars are probably wired for them.

Mr. Roache, who had a reputation for building good houses and who later moved to Carefree, Ariz., called the subdivision Lantern Hills. It was developed around 1962 and the road accepted by the town in 1963.

Perhaps the name should have been changed to Pillar Place. 


Laurel Brook Court was the original name proposed for Ives Court off Pine Mountain Road. The name was abandoned because of confusion with other "laurel" roads (below). 


Laurel Hill Road is a dead-end lane running off lower Florida Road. It was probably developed by William Maki around 1951, for a map filed then shows it labeled "new road," as yet unnamed, as part of his property. The name was in use by 1954.

The road is named for the state flower, the mountain laurel, which grows aplenty there and throughout the wooded sections of town.

Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) has been called the most beautiful American shrub. "It's fragrant and the massed richness of its white and pink blossoms so vividly contrast with the darker colors of the forests and fields that they have continually attracted the attention of travelers since the earliest days of our colonization," one authority wrote.

Although this evergreen plant is common here, it is illegal to pick it. 


Laurel Lane, a short, dead-end road off upper Route 7 (where Ullman Devices company is in 2005), is but a vestige of what it used to be.

The road, which once connected Ridgefield with the Starr's Plain hamlet of southern Danbury, was identified in town records as early as 1828 when a perambulation of the town line notes that the corner boundary marker (for Ridgefield, Redding and Danbury) stood "in the highway about 50 rods west of Starr's Plain Burying Ground." The highway is Laurel Lane, which then continued eastward to join Starr's Plain and Starr's Ridge Roads. It was apparently a fairly important route because Starr's Plain was a fairly well-developed commercial village by the 19th Century.

The road is shown as going to Starr's Plain as late as 1936 and even one 1960's map shows it as a through road, although it has not been used as such for many years.

The road is named for the shrub, which may have been planted there as part of the Outpost Nurseries stock, or which simply grew wild there. The name was in use as early as 1936 when the nursery - with offices nearby on Route 7 - were still thriving. 


Lawson Lane, a private way at Casagmo, is one of several thoroughfares there that were named for the ancestors or family of Mary L. B. Olcott, the last resident of the Casagmo mansion that preceded the apartment/condominium complex. David L. Paul, builder of the apartments, picked the names, apparently at random, from a genealogy published by Miss Olcott in 1954.

Her connection with Lawson is somewhat remote, and apparently is to the family of one John Lawson of Ireland, who came to the United States in the mid-1800's. His son, Robert (1828-1904), the most notable of the clan in the genealogy, was a merchant in New York City and operated Lawson Brothers, importers of fine laces and curtains. He probably never set foot in Ridgefield, yet a name recalls him or his family.


Ledges Road is one of the oldest roads in the northern part of town and existed certainly by 1800, and probably long before.

The ledges referred to are the Asproom or Great Ledges, mentioned as early as 1753 ("Great Ledges") in a deed. They are the steep hillside on the north side of the road, which was being called "Ledge Road" as early as 1909, according to an old property survey.

Ledges Road was one of the last of the old roads in town to be paved, and it was a dirt-surfaced highway until around 1967. 


Lee Lane was an early 20th Century name for the present-day Wheeler Road in Ridgebury. It was so-called because the Lee sisters lived in a house at the corner of the road and Spring Valley Road. The house was later owned for many years by Mr. and Mrs. John N. Wheeler, whence the modern name.


Lee Road, once part of Farmingville Road, is an old highway whose name recalls a family that lived and owned land in Farmingville for more than two centuries. Only one member of the family still lives there, though dozens of Lees were born and grew up in Farmingville.

The name applies today to the road that extends from Farmingville Road to Limekiln Road. This was once the route of Farmingville Road, skirting the north side of the main body of Great Swamp and laid out early in the 18th Century. It became its "own" road in 1914 when the town built the straight section of Farmingville Road across the swamp from Lee Road to Limekiln and Blackman Roads.

The Lee family in Ridgefield history predates the founding of the town itself. In 1697, 11 years before the town's settlement, William Lees I (1655-1741) was one of the Norwalk residents who petitioned the General Assembly to allow the creation of Ridgefield. Although he probably visited the town, William Lees never lived here.

His son, Joseph Lees, came to Ridgefield and bought the Matthew Saintjohn homestead on Main Street in 1723. In 1734, he was buying land on Grassy Island near Farmingville, but by 1737 he had moved to Salisbury in northwestern Connecticut.

The founder of the Ridgefield Lee clan was William Lee II (1710-1785), half brother of Joseph and perhaps the first to drop the "s" from Lees. In 1762, he bought 92 acres and a house in Farmingville from John and Ruth Lobdell. This land, probably along Lee Road, was the beginning of acquisitions by the Lee farming amounting to hundreds of acres in Farmingville over the next century.

In the years that followed, dozens of Lees lived in Farmingville, where they were, as their district's name suggestions, chiefly farmers. Their ranks included William, founder of the clan, who operated a noted saw mill in Farmingville as early as 1767; John and Daniel, who had a grist mill near today's Stonehenge Inn; Chapman, who had a cider mill at Farmingville; William (1844), Aaron, and Edwin Lee, who operated limekilns in the area; Aaron W. Lee, first selectman in 1880 and 1881; and Fred C. Lee, who held the same office in 1893.

Aaron W. Lee was one of many Ridgefielders injured in the Civil War. He, Henry W. Keeler, Jacob Austin, Lawrence Carney, John H. Harrington, Edwin D. Pickett (see Pickett's Ridge Road), Warren Rufus, Joseph S. Whitlock, and Nephi Whitlock (see Whitlock Lane), were all wounded on July 1, 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg. Carney, Pickett and Joseph Whitlock died from their wounds.

When he returned from the war, Aaron Lee helped establish the Grand Army Post here and suggested that it be named in memory of Edwin Pickett, who died next to him in a trench. (Neither Pickett nor the others at Gettysburg were the first Ridgefielders to give their lives in the Civil War; Henry Keeler was killed in the bloody battle of Antietam Sept. 17, 1862, only six weeks after he enlisted.)

One of the last of the Ridgefield Lees still bearing the family name was Robert Aaron Lee, son of Fred C. Lee and grandson of Aaron W. Lee. Mr. Lee lived in Greenwich in his later years, but kept property in Farmingville until his death in 1982 at the age of 94. He left Ridgefield as a permanent residence in 1903, but frequently visited the town and was a director of the Ridgefield Savings Bank (now Ridgefield Bank) for many years.

Mr. Lee's daughter, Barbara Johnson, still lives on Lee family land along New Road. She is the last person still living in Farmingville to have borne the Lee name.

Sadly, the last person to bear the Lee name in Farmingville was convicted in the mid-1980's of murdering an acquaintance. The killing, which took place in the Lee family homestead, reportedly resulted from a dispute over a drugs. William Lee, grandson of Robert A. Lee, was convicted and sent to prison.


Lewis Drive, which extends from Shadow Lane to Golf Lane, is part of the Ridgefield Manor Estates, and is named for Frederic Elliott Lewis, who built the huge mansion and estate there early in the 20th Century.

Mr. Lewis, a wealthy man said to have been an oil or coal executive, was living in Tarrytown, N.Y., when in 1908 he bought 100 acres and buildings on and near West Lane from Henry B. Anderson. He tore down Anderson's house and reportedly spent several million dollars to build his own mansion and to landscape the property with exotic trees and shrubs - many of which still live on the lawns of Manor Estates.

Mr. Lewis, who died around 1925, was never active in the community, but his wife, a member of the Russell family that established the National City Bank in New York City, was. She founded the Red cross unit here and was for 31 years vice president of the District Nursing Association.

Both of the Lewis sons, Reginald and Wadsworth, maintained homes here, the former on South Salem Road and the latter, on Great Hill Road. Wadsworth R. Lewis, who died in 1942, left the bulk of his estate in a trust fund that benefits many civic and charitable endeavors in town.

The story of this property will be told in more detail under Ridgefield Manor Estates.

Development of Lewis Drive began in the mid-1950's after the mansion was razed, but the road wasn't accepted as a town road until 1969. The older houses toward the eastern end had been used for servants and other caretakers on the Lewis estate.


Lewisboro is the only border town whose name has not found its way into the geography of Ridgefield. But because part of Lewisboro was once within Ridgefield, its name should be noted here.

Originally called Salem, present-day Lewisboro was once one town with North Salem. Later, after North Salem became its own entity, the town became known as Lower Salem, a name changed in 1840 to Lewisboro to honor John Lewis, who had contributed much money to support the town's schools. The word "Lewisboro" first appears in the Ridgefield land records in 1842.

South Salem - the locality mentioned in South Salem Road - is a hamlet within the town of Lewisboro, as are Vista, Cross River, and Goldens Bridge.


Library Hill is an informal name applied to western Prospect Street, chiefly in the first quarter of the 20th Century. It was so called because the Ridgefield Library, built in 1901, is at the "top" of the hill at Main Street.


When Nathan Murphy of Salem, N.Y., sold Jonathan Ingersoll six acres in 1763, he described it as "lying in Ridgefield at Lime Kiln, so called."

This name, applied as if it were a geographical district (such as Flat Rock, Limestone or Ridgebury), never appears again in the land records. It may have been a very localized term, used only by a few  people, and which never caught on.

The name probably applied to the neighborhood of Limekiln Hill, which was west of High Ridge at the west ends of Barry Avenue and Ramapoo Road. On the north side of Ramapoo Road stood for many years a limekiln that was perhaps the first and biggest in town. It will be discussed under Limekiln Hill.


Limekiln Corner is an early 20th Century and possibly late 19th Century term for the intersection of Lee and Limekiln Roads.

This junction was originally a bend - or corner - on Farmingville Road until 1914 when the straight path of Farmingville Road through Great Swamp was built to bypass this road.

At the northwest corner of this junction of Lee and Limekiln Roads, a limekiln stood, probably built and operated by the Lee family. Limestone for it probably came from Limestone Hill or Mine Hill to the north.

A limekiln consisted of a furnace for heating up and converting limestone (calcium carbonate) to lime (calcium oxide) by driving out water. Lime was used for many purposes, including the manufacture of plaster, mortar and fertilizer.


Limekiln Hill, a name not used in nearly two centuries, was once commonly applied to the four-way intersection of Barry Avenue, Ramapoo road, West Mountain Road, and Peaceable Ridge Road, near which a large limekiln operated for many years.

The first mention of a limekiln in Ridgefield occurs in 1742 when Joshua Lobdell gives his son, Caleb, 10 acres "at Chesnut Ridge near ye lime pit or kill, so called."

A year later, the Annual Town Meeting in December voted that "a highway (be) laid out, beginning at ye road leading from ye Limekiln to Bedford Road near ye south end of Burr's (Burt's) Blacksmith Ridge ..." Bedford Road was today's South Salem and Old South Salem Roads; the road to it was probably Peaceable Hill and Ridge Roads, which led to Peaceable Street which in turn connected to Old South Salem Road near the New York State line. Both references are probably to the same limekiln.

In 1751, Silas Keeler sold the Rev. Jonathan Ingersoll land that was "west of ye Town Platt (the village), ye east part of it lying west of ye High Ridge and near by it, beginning at ye foot of said ridge or hill and runs west to Limekiln Hill so called." This seems to be in the same neighborhood as the two earlier references.

After its first mention, the term Limekiln Hill shows up fairly frequently in the land records until late in the 18th Century. Its last appearance was in a 1792 deed.

The origin of the limekiln on the hill is unclear; its builder and its first operator has not been discovered. By 1821, what appears to be the same limekiln - or at least one on the same site - was being operated by Joel Gilbert. In 1836, after Joel Gilbert had died, Jared Mead paid $2,243 for Gilbert's homestead and his "limekills and rock." Later still, Russell Canfield operated the kiln and according to historian George L. Rockwell, "at this kiln 10 cords of wood were burned (a day) ... Lime was carted as far as Stamford and Greenwich from this establishment."

The kiln or furnace was situated on the northerly side of Ramapoo Road, a little west of Mulberry Street. At the suggestion of this writer, Kiln Hill Lane off Barry Avenue was named for this site. 


Limekiln Road, an old highway extending between Farmingville and Haviland Roads, certainly existed by 1856 when it appears on the first map of the town, and probably dates back at least a century earlier, perhaps to the 1730's.

As explained under Limekiln Corner, the lower end of the road - between Lee and Farmingville Roads - was originally part of Farmingville Road.

Limekiln Road used to be, probably chiefly in the 18th Century, part of a shortcut to the northeastern part of town. Travelers from the village to Danbury could go up Danbury Road to the vicinity of Fox Hill Village, then turn eastward over Norrins Ridge to the vicinity of the present-day intersection of Poplar and Limekiln Roads. From there they would take Limekiln Road to Haviland, and follow that across to Pickett's Ridge. As we have noted before, the old road to Danbury led from Pickett's Ridge through Starr's Plain and across Moses Mountain to Wooster Heights in Danbury.

The road was so called because of the limekiln, mentioned last week, which stood at the northwest corner of Lee and Limekiln Roads. That corner was considered the southern - or town - end of the road, and the landmark there became the road's namesake. 


Limestone Acres is a 23-lot subdivision off the western side of lower Limestone Road. A map of the subdivision, which includes Shields Lane, was filed by developer Jerry Tuccio in 1966. 


Limestone is one of the oldest place names in Ridgefield, alive today in a relatively modern name for a fairly modern road.

The term Limestone dates back to at least 1712 and finds its origin in a specific locality. A deed filed that year from the Proprietors to Joseph Keeler mentions nine acres "north of Limeston Hill." A 1717 deed refers to "Lime Stone Hill."

The main body of the hill was situated just north of the intersection of Limestone, Haviland and Danbury Roads - where Limestone Shell service station is today. What is now fairly flat was once higher; decades of mining the limestone helped to flatten the territory to its present level.

Mine Hill

This area was also often called Mine Hill because it was so well worked for its valuable mineral basic to any 18th and 19th Century community. The hill extended southeastward to include the ridge traversed by Poplar Road.

Limestone Hill was the most noteworthy feature of the neighborhood and probably had a good deal of exposed limestone rock in order for the settlers to have named it so soon in the town's history. By 1740, deeds and road descriptions were speaking simply of "Limestone" as a region. For example, the selectmen in May 1740 took three roods of land from Joseph Keeler "at ye east end, west side, of his own land at Limestone" for a highway.

After 1750, the Limestone area was becoming settled enough to warrant the establishment of some regional services. The Town Meeting in 1752 voted that "there shall be a woman school kept at Limestone ... ye ensuing summer season." This is the first reference in the town records to a schoolhouse there, but a school may have been established earlier. (Incidentally, it was a "woman school" in the summer because all the "men" - actually boys - would be too busy working in the fields and on the farms to attend school at that time of year.)

The Pound

The Annual Town Meeting on Dec. 8, 1789 "voted that a lawful pound may be erected in some part of the town that is called Bennits Farm..." But only a few months later, voters reversed the decision and decided to erect the pound at "Limestone, near the parting of roads near the dwelling house of Ebenezer Lobdell and not Bennetts Farm...."

This turnabout was perhaps an indication that Limestone had become a fairly populated and influential part of the town by this time. It had, after all, a couple of mills and a store over by Stonehenge and Still Roads (and later even had a post office in that little commercial hamlet).

By 1834, land records refer to "Limestone District," a term that lasted well into the 20th Century. (When Samuel Stebbins was town clerk from 1801 to 1836, the name was sometimes recorded as "Lymestone.")

Limestone school district in the mid-1800's included all of upper Danbury Road, lower Limestone Road, lower Great Hill Road, Route 7 from its intersection with Danbury Road south to New Road, Haviland Road, and upper Limekiln Road. Also called District Number Three, it was one of the smaller school districts in the area it covered, but was probably as populated as any.

The schoolhouse originally stood at the intersection of Haviland and Still Roads - near the Limestone hamlet. However, the last Limestone schoolhouse was on Danbury Road, just north of Limestone Shell. It was closed in 1939 and later converted into a house by Lewis J. Finch, and it still serves as a house today.

The Mineral

Limestone was mined in various parts of northern Ridgefield for use as plaster and mortar after it had been "dried" in a kiln. The most extensive deposits were found in the Limestone, Bennett's Farm and Farmingville Districts. The biggest mine appears to have been at Limestone Hill.

Evidence of the abundance of the mineral is found in the number of limekilns that operated in the area. The Selleck or Sellick family had a kiln along the north side of Bennett's Farm Road (a little east of Knollwood Drive) as early as 1817; this structure still stands and is probably the only limekiln still existing in town. By 1820, Andrew Barnum and Phineas Chapman operated a kiln in Farmingville near New Road. William Lee had another one in Farmingville by 1844 (mentioned under Lee Road).

South of Limestone, there was the large kiln on Limekiln Hill (discussed last week). And there was another, owned by Rufus Canfield and leased to Albert Keeler and Hiram Bouton (1851) on an old road west of Nod Road and south of Whipstick Road.

Evidence that limestone is common in our ground is found today in the widespread use of water softeners to remove particularly this mineral from tap water.


Limestone Road extends from Danbury Road to Bennett's Farm Road, and bears the name of the district in which its southern end begins. However, 75% of the length of the road is in the old Bennett's Farm District.

And even the lower end was not originally considered Limestone Road. In the 18th Century, the section of the highway from Danbury Road to Great Hill Road (including Limestone Road Extension) was all part of Great Hill Road - only it wasn't called Great Hill Road. The most common name then was "the road to Bennett's Farm" or Bennett's Farm Road.

Limestone Road from Great Hill Road north through the woods - and much swamp - to Bennett's Farm Road was not built until around 1835. At that time and until at least 1856, this route was called "the New Road" or "the New Road from Limestone to Ridgebury."

The fact that flat and straight Limestone Road was built a century after the hilly and curving Great Hill Road to lead from the same place to the same place is not hard to understand. Although the settlers certainly would have preferred a flat, straight road, 18th Century highways were laid out over the terrain that required the least amount of construction work and had the driest surface. The narrow wheels of carts could negotiate curves and hills, but could easily get stuck in muddy sections of road where water tended not to drain well.

Those who laid out Great Hill Road as the route to Bennett's Farm and as the road from Limestone to Ridgebury did so because it was the driest path. Later, when manpower, money and perhaps some improved technology were available to fill and lay a highway across flat wetland, Limestone Road was built.

However, the new section of Limestone Road was not paved until well into this century. Until then, it was always a problem in wet times. Paul Morganti can remember its being swampy and impassable when he was a child in the 1910's and 1920's.

Limestone Road Extension is the original route of the eastern end of Limestone Road. The straighter, newer section was cut through around 1960.

The name, Limestone Road Extension, is one of the sillier ones around since it is not really an extension, but the old route of Limestone Road. A better name should have been used - and still could be.


According to historian George L. Rockwell, the Norwalk river in the eastern Limestone District (from around Little Pond south to New Road) was sometimes called Limestone River by people who lived in the neighborhood. The name does not appear in pre-1880 land records, however.

In the 18th Century, the river here was often called the East River (q.v.).


Limestone Terrace is a short, dead-end road off the west side of Limestone Road, a little south of and opposite Rita Road. It was developed around 1961 by Great Hill Lakes Inc., one of William Winthrop's corporations that developed much of Ridgefield Lakes.


Lincoln Lane extends from Branchville Road to Old Washington Road and is part of Washington Park Estates, a subdivision started around 1951 by Bert Ison.

The road was named for Abraham Lincoln, although the 16th President never visited Ridgefield. However, his vice-president from 1861 to 1865, Hannibal Hamlin of Maine, spoke here in 1864. No geographical name recalls Mr. Hamlin, however. In fact, few people today would even recognize this vice-president's name - anywhere.

Lincoln, incidentally, is a pretty popular fellow with road namers. Of the 23 towns in Fairfield County a few years ago, 11 had roads named after Lincoln. Exactly the same number of towns had roads named for George Washington.


So popular was the name here that we almost had two Lincoln roadways, but not for exactly the same reasons.

On some maps, dated as late as 1967, Holmes Road at Westmoreland is called Lincoln Road, a name that recalled not the President, but the original subdivider of Westmoreland, the Lincoln Development Corporation of Lincoln, Mass.

The name was changed because of confusion with Lincoln Lane, two miles away.


Linden Road, a short dead-end road off Poplar Road, was developed starting in the 1960's by Armando Salvestrini, who named it for the trees in the vicinity.

It is possible that Linden Road, along with lower Poplar Road, comprise the eastern end of an old 18th and 19th Century highway that ran from Danbury Road at Fox Hill Village to Limekiln Road, and that this was called Norrins Ridge Road.

The lindens or basswoods are a small group of trees that run up to 80 feet in height. They have been of little commercial value, although the strong roots have been used to manufacture cord. In nature, however, linden flowers are valued for the nectar collected by honeybees; the buds and fruits are eaten by many wild animals; and the twigs are food for deer and rabbits.

The lindens in this neighborhood may have been planted stock of the huge Outpost Nurseries which operated in that area from the 1920's through the 1950's and which will be described in a future column. 


At least one 1960's map labels the narrow body of water on the west side of Old Mill Road as Lippolt Pond.

Although a pond probably once existed here, it is shown on a 1957 map as "proposed pond." The builder and owner was Otto H. Lippolt, who developed the neighborhood in the 1950's and early 1960's. Mr. Lippolt, a well-liked well-driller who died in 1965, owned much of northeastern Ridgefield, having acquired hundreds of acres through tax sales during the Depression. Much of the land was never surveyed, and it was often said that Mr. Lippolt bought several parcels more than once. He and his land were discussed in more detail under Hemlock Hills

The pond is more commonly called Old Mill Pond. The little island in it has been called Bear Island, probably because of the nearby Bear (or Bare) Mountain.


James B. Franks (1922-1995), who named the road after his daughter, developed Lisa Lane, a dead-end road off the west side of Tackora Trail. Nearby Christopher Road was named for his son.

The roads are in the 1957 subdivision called Mamanasco Lake Park.


Little Pond, the complement to Great Pond, is on the west side of Route 7, just south of the intersection with Route 35.

The pond was first called Aokeets or Aokeels (q.v.) by the Indians, but that name never appeared in deeds in the land records and shows up only in the first survey of the town's boundaries.

Oddly enough, no name at all appeared in the land records until 1848. The pond's never being mentioned by name in first 140 years of the settlement indicates that the land surrounding it was probably owned in one piece by only two or three families during the period. Usually, a pond makes a good landmark for a property boundary; but if no property bordering it is divided and sold, then the pond may get no notice in the land records.

It was possibly a division of land that prompted the first mention of the pond in 1848 when David Taylor of Redding sold Hanford Bates three roods (three quarters of an acre) bounded on the east by the Sugar Hollow Turnpike Road and on the west "by the Little Pond."

Clark's map of Fairfield County (1856) also labels it Little Pond, indicating the name was well established by then. It may have been well established long before, but we have no record of it.


Little Ridge Road, a dead-end lane off Indian Cave Road, was part of the 1964 Twin Ridge subdivision by Giles and Barry Montgomery. It became a town highway in 1968.

The road's name appears to be simply descriptive of a little ridge there; the name was not taken from an old geographical term.


"Loaf Hill" is a term mentioned in Geographical Positions in the State of Connecticut Geodesy, an 1890 U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey publication. According to Connecticut Place Names, the locality is one-half mile west of Fox Hill Lake.

This is clearly the same hilltop locally called Asproom Loaf, Asproom Loft, Aspen Loaf, and Aspine Loaf in various 18th and 19th Century land records, and what is generally called today Barlow Mountain. It is situated in Pierrepont State Park and the top, at an elevation of 950 feet above sea level, commands a fine view.

The term "loaf" was common years ago to refer to the shape of a hill. Most often in the Northeast, the term was Sugarloaf, referring to the conical shape of an old-fashioned loaf of sugar.


Ridgefield historian George L. Rockwell mentions in 1927 that there was in the 19th Century a store at "Lockwoods Corners" run by the Haviland family.

Lockwoods or Lockwood's Corners was the intersection of Danbury, Limestone, and Haviland Roads, so called at least in the mid-19th Century because a man named Charles S. Lockwood lived at the southern corner of Danbury and Limestone Roads. Mr. Lockwood bought the 29 acres and home from Jacob Dauchy in 1844 and was living there as late as 1867.

Lockwoods were an old but small family in Ridgefield, probably founded by Peter Lockwood of Norwalk, who came to Farmingville in 1744. The clan was much more numerous in Norwalk.

The corners were recognized as an important crossroads. In 1787, the Annual Town Meeting voted "there be for the future one advertisement for a Town Meeting set up at the parting of the pathes in Limestone near the dwelling house of Ebenezer Lobdell." This was the old-fashioned signpost, the equivalent of the bulletin board in today's town clerk's office or the Legal Notices in the newspaper. Several of them were set up at strategic places around town where a significant number of people would pass by and see local announcements.

In 1789, an animal pound for Limestone was set up at this intersection on Ebenezer Lobdell's property, and Ebenezer was made keeper of the pound. Lobdell's property may have been what was later Lockwood's property.

The intersection was even more important after 1801 when it became the southern terminus of the Danbury and Ridgefield Turnpike, the lower mile of which is now upper Danbury Road (except in a few places where the road was straightened by the state highway department). The turnpike made traveling to Danbury much quicker and simpler.

The original path of this turnpike still exists just a tad east of present-day Danbury Road, running between Haviland and Danbury Roads. 


The Long Bogs, a locality mentioned only once in the land records through 1880, was situated in northern Ridgebury, possibly near the present-day Mill Plain section of Danbury or somewhat north of it. According to that only citation - in an 1806 deed - it was probably very near the New York State line.

Long was a popular adjective in early place-naming. Ridgefield had at least nine different pre-1850 names beginning with long while in the state, more than three dozen different variations are found.

Towns like Longmeadow in Massachusetts and Long Branch in New Jersey acquired their names from what were locality names within the communities. Perhaps the best known of the Northeastern long names is Long Island, a typically simple early American descriptive name.


Long Bridge was probably more a road than a "bridge" in the common sense of the word. The term was applied to a section of western Farmingville Road, from the first curve just east of Danbury Road to the south end of Norrins Ridge, just west of Lee Road.

The name first appeared in a 1753 deed, mentioning 14 acres "lying westerly of ye Long Bridge." Soon after, the town took from Nehemiah Stebbins "about 52 pole (of land) at ye Long Bridge at ye Great Swamp for highway." Thereafter the name appears occasionally.

The wetland here was apparently filled by early settlers, creating an earthen "bridge" so that Farmingville Road could be run across the northern part of Great Swamp to the valuable farmland on the east side of the swamp.

It was a flat, easy route, but apparently not one without its problems. The Town Meeting in 1831 was asked to appoint a committee to view the road from Long Bridge to Danbury Road "and report to this meeting on the expedience of widening the same."

The meeting voted down the study, for reasons not explained. However, the Annual Town Meeting in 1837 voted that Nathan Smith, Ebenezer Hawley, and William Howe be a committee to lay out land "in some convenient place, and near to, and to repair the road across Long Bridge at the Great Swamp so called." The 1838 Annual Town Meeting accepted the report and laid out the road "from the southwesterly corner of Edmond Beers homelot, about one half a rod of land... comprising the little rocky hill there situate and appraised the damage at $10." Beers also got to cut down and use all the trees on the confiscated land.

One problem experienced by the Farmingville Road users may have been that the "bridge" would sink into the centuries-old muck of Great Swamp underneath the fill. 


Although we have avoided mention of most names of lots - and there were hundreds of different ones here - Long Lot is somewhat interesting because in nearby towns, it was an important and unusual place name.

Ridgefield's Long Lot, probably just a family or neighborhood name for an elongated rectangular lot, was off North Salem Road, somewhere opposite Wooster Street. References to it occur in 1797 and 1838.

Ridgefield borders Redding, where Long Lots has a different meaning. In 1670 the town of Fairfield (which included today's Westport and much of today's Redding), laid out 71 "long lots," so called because they were only four to 70 rods in width (a rod is 16.5 feet), but miles long, extending northward as far as Redding Center.


Deeds written in 1774, 1802, and 1846 mention Long Meadow, a locality in Ridgebury, probably along Ridgebury Road near Regan or Old Stagecoach Roads.

Two 1774 deeds mention the place; in one, Elnathan Sturges gives his son, Elnathan Jr., 52 acres west of "ye Long Meadow"; in the other, Elnathan Jr. buys from Ichabod Doolittle, land "by ye north end of a great ledge of rocks a little west of Long Meadow so called.

Doolittle in the 18th Century operated a well-known tavern on the west side of Ridgebury Road near today's Hawthorne Hill Road. A few remnants of its stone foundation was once visible along the edge of the road and may still be there. 


In 1760, Stephen Olmsted sold John Olmsted his house and land "lying near ye Long Pond Mountain" and on "Colony line." Deeds in 1815, 1819, and 1827 also mention Long Pond Mountain.

The term refers to the very steep hill on the north shore of Lake Rippowam, a hill that extends into Ridgefield along Rippowam Road. In New York state, the hill or mountain is in both Lewisboro and North Salem.

The hill is one of the steepest in the area, rising from 471 feet above sea level at Lake Rippowam to 900 feet high just about 1,000 feet north of the lake's shoreline. A little bit farther north, the mountain reaches 976 feet at the southeast corner of the town of North Salem.

The locality is sometimes called East Long Pond Mountain in New York state records. 


The existence of the term Long Ridge in Ridgefield records was very brief. It's one and only appearance in a deed was in March 1723 when the Proprietors deeded Matthew Saintjohn three acres on "ye Long Ridge."

However, in a circumstance unusual for such a short-lived term, Long Ridge also appears on a very early map, that of the division of land in the Southwest Ridges. And Long Ridge was noted near the southwestern-most part of the Ridges.

Since most of the Southwest Ridges was in territory that was part of the Oblong, ceded to New York in 1731, the disappearance of the name Long Ridge in Ridgefield records is not surprising. Odds are the locality was along the southern end of the straight section of Elmwood Road in today's Lewisboro, N.Y.


The name Long Pond occasionally appears in early land records for a body of water that is now "bodies" of water and which are not even in Ridgefield.

References to Long Pond occur as early as 1729. In March of that year, the proprietors purchased from the Indian leader Taporneck a strip of land on the western side of town, particularly around West Mountain, which extended into what is now New York State. The purchase included half of Lake Waccabuc and all of Lakes Rippowam and Oscaleta (q.v. all three), now situated in the town of Lewisboro, N.Y.

However, back then, the three lakes were considered one long body of water, and probably were one body of water. And it was called Long Pond.

The pond was well known and apparently well liked by the Indians who, in an earlier deed, referred to themselves as Taporneck and Moses, "Indians belonging to Wepack or long pond so called..." The 1729 deed selling most or all of the land around Long Pond mentions a boundary marker at the outlet of the pond, "near ye lower fishing place."

This deed was signed by seven Indians, some of whom bore rather colorful names. Besides Taporneck and Moses, there are Samm, Ammon, Wett Hams, Pawquenongi, and Crow. Whether they were planning to move westward, as other local natives did, is not known. But two subsequent Indian deeds for land in Ridgebury did not mention any of the above natives.

Ridgefield's ownership of this territory didn't last long, for it was part of the Oblong that in 1731 was given to New York colony in exchange for Greenwich. Yet, the name still popped up in Ridgefield records, such as in 1733 when the proprietors deeded James Northrup 11 acres on the north side of his land at "ye Long Pond Boggs." A small section of bogland, east of Lakes Rippowam and Oscaleta, was and still is within Connecticut.

In deeding David Scott 18 acres in the 1730's, the proprietors mention that it's "lying on ye West Mountain by the Indian path that goeth to ye Long Pond." Around 1740, Benjamin Hecock's (Hickox) heirs received from the proprietors land "on ye Great Hill, east of Ye Long Pond." And about the same time, the proprietors granted Ebenezer Smith five and one-half acres "lying near ye Long Pond, and bounded west by Government Line or their Oblong lott."

Years of filling around the shore lines and bogs, plus the natural erosion of soil from West Mountain - soil that ended up and filled up Long Pond - made the body of water shallower and created three smaller ponds, which today have been developed with small-lot houses and cottages somewhat in the manner of the Ridgefield Lakes.

Ridgefield records continued to mention Long Pond until 1761; a 1797 map of Lewisboro shows "North Long Pond" and "South Long Pond" for Rippowam and Oscaleta.

But this wasn't the only Long Pond in early Ridgefield.... 


As early as 1740, deeds were mentioning another Long Pond. In that year, when the estate of James Bennett, founder of Bennett's Farm, was divided among his heirs, Gersham Bennett got 20 acres "by ye Long Pond." In 1743, Alexander Ressequie sold Benjamin Wilson Jr. two parcels, partly in Danbury and partly in Ridgefield, "and situate near ye Long Pond, so called, one of ye said pieces contains 96 acres and three rods of land ... lying at ye mouth of ye river coming out of ye Long Pond."

The deeds make it clear that what they were calling Long Pond is what we today call the Bennett's Ponds (q.v.), north of Fox Hill and Bennett's Farm Road near Route 7. Again, one body of water later got shallower to make two distinct ponds.

The conversion of the name from Long Pond to Bennett's Pond or Ponds began around 1753 when a deed mentions 90 acres "at ye Long Pond above Bennits Farm." By 1779, a deed was referring to "Bennetts Long Pond." After that, the word Long disappears as a place name altogether.


The Long Stone is an odd and interesting locality that figured into a rarely mentioned but noteworthy change in the boundaries of the town.

Back in 1786, the Connecticut General Assembly received a petition from "Abner Gilbert, Nehemiah Sherwood and Thomas Sherwood, inhabitants of the town of Reading, shewing to this (Connecticut General) Assembly that they live upon an extreme point of the town of Reading, and that it is inconvenient for them to attend public business in said Reading, and praying to be annexed to the town of Ridgefield."

The assembly agreed to transfer to Ridgefield the chunk of Redding "lying westerly of a straight line, drawn from the southwesterly corner of the township of Danbury to the perambulation bounds between the towns of Redding and Ridgefield, known by the name of Long Stone, about 480 rods easterly from the westerly corner of sd. Reading township...

"The same is hereby declared to be a part of the town of Ridgefield, provided nevertheless that all taxes that have or may be collectible on the lists already given in, be paid to collectors of sd. town of Reading."

The exact size or extent of this piece of land is difficult to calculate from the sketchy description of the boundaries of the annex. However, a 1792 map of Connecticut by Samuel Huntington shows a triangular sliver of Redding projecting well into Ridgefield north of Great Pond, perhaps even a mile or more into the Fox Hill area west of today's Route 7 just below the Danbury town line.

This map is not noted for its accurate placement of boundaries or landmarks; actually, it was not up-to-date in showing the sliver six years after it was ceded to Ridgefield. However, it gives at least a clue as to the shape and size of the ceded territory. I suspect that the south side of the boundary line should be angled farther to the south to be more accurate.

Long Stone was about 200 feet south of Picketts Ridge Road (also called Great Pond Road) on the town line. Whether the annex line angled its way up and around Great Pond and over to the vicinity of the Ridgefield Veterinary Hospital and beyond is not clear; at least part of Great Pond belonged to Ridgefield before the annexation.

Long Stone was mentioned again in the perambulation (boundary inspection) of the Ridgefield-Redding line in 1786. From near "Umpowog" Pond, the line ran northwesterly "to the well-known Long Stone west of Banks house ... from thence we run with a chain and compass north 5 degrees west to the Freehold Corner (q.v.) being the southwest corner of Danbury..."

The stone had thus become the point at which the modern town line changes direction from a northwest course to almost directly north. This change of course may be the result, in part at least, of the annexation.

Long Stone is not mentioned in the perambulation of 1808. In 1828, the perambulation description speaks only of "a long stone" in a wall.

By 1888, only a "monument" in a "stone fence" is noted. The Long Stone had been long forgotten by then.


Long Swamp is an old name for an area that has probably changed markedly over the two centuries since the place was first mentioned.

The name first occurs in three 1744 deeds when the proprietors were parceling out land along upper North Street. One deed to Samuel Gates is for five acres "lying easterly of ye Long Swamp, upon ye Brushy Ridge, so called..."

Another deed to Thomas Hyatt (a name that may have evolved into Hoyt or Haight) transferred 46 acres "lying across ye north end of ye Long Swamp," and a third, to Jonah Keeler, was for 35 acres "lying west of ye road yt leads up behind ye Long Swamp."

The descriptions, along with subsequent ones, indicate that Long Swamp ran along the Titicus River, east of North Salem Road and west of North Street. It extended from somewhere north of Mapleshade Road to Barlow Mountain Road, although the name may have applied to swampland even farther north. The road in the Keeler deed that went up back of the swamp was apparently North Street.

While this area is still swampy, it probably contains not nearly as much wetland as it did in the early 18th Century. Over the years wetlands were drained for pasture or filled for development.

The swamp is undoubtedly a vestige of a long lake that covered the Titicus River Valley and extended into New York State. The lake was probably  created by the melting of the last glacier to cover the area some 25,000 years ago. The lake gradually got smaller as its sources of water diminished and as erosion and sedimentation filled in the basin bottom.

Long Swamp is also mentioned in 1807, 1847, and 1848. Most references seem to be land below Barlow Mountain Road.


Longview Drive, which runs off Riverside Drive at Stonehenge Estates (also called Fire Hill Acres), is so called for the view of the Norwalk River Valley and, from some points, beyond.

The road rises from about 465 feet above sea level at its west end to almost 580 feet at its easternmost end.

Built by Jerry Tuccio, the road became a town highway in 1964.


Lookout Drive and Lookout Road are private roads off Lakeview Drive at the Ridgefield Lakes. They look out over Fox Hill Lake and cause some degree of confusion with each other and with the following.


If two Lookouts at Ridgefield Lakes aren't bad enough, there's always Lookout Point at Pierrepont Lake (Lake Naraneke).

This road, developed by Jerry Tuccio in connection with Twixt Hills, is a dead-end off Barlow Mountain Road and serves homes on a peninsula projecting into the pond. It became a town road in 1961.


Loren Lane, a short dead-end road off Mamanasco Road, was named for Peter Lorenzini, who developed it in the late 1950's.


Lost Mine Place is a dead-end road off the south side of New Road, serving the Hunting Ridge subdivision.

The land was originally part of the Lee family's farms and probably belonged to members of that family well back into the 1700's. For a long time, it was on the farm of Robert A. Lee, who died in 1982. Five years later, J. Frederick Lee, trustee for the children of Robert A. Lee, sold the 27 acres to Lost Mine Limited Partnership, whose president was Leonard W. Cotton, for $1.6-million. Mr. Cotton's firm had obtained approval for an 11-lot subdivision in 1986.

The developers originally proposed calling the road Hunting Ridge Place, but the name was rejected as being too close to Hunter Lane, also in the Farmingville section of town. This writer was asked for his suggestion, and he and his son, Ben, came up with Lost Mine Place.

Years ago, the late Stanley Walker had told me of reports that an old silver mine had existed in what is now woods off the north side of New Road. While he spent many hours searching for the mine, he was never able to locate it. Mr. Walker suspected that the opening to the mine was covered up, either to hide it or to prevent people from falling into it.

Robert A. Lee, who was born on the Lee farm before the turn of the century, had also heard the reports of the mine, but did not know its location.

Silver was not unknown in this area, as might be expected from the existence of the well-known section of Norwalk, called Silvermine. Ridgefield's Silver Spring area, however, was supposedly named not for the mineral but for the silvery clarity of the spring itself.

Wilton also had an interesting silvermine off present-day Route 7 somewhere near Georgetown. This mine has a history of greed attached to it.

According to Hamilton Hurd's History of Fairfield County (1881), the mine was first worked around 1765. "It appears that it was originally divided into shares and worked for a short time before the Revolutionary War, and that the manager or overseer, after having sent away all the ore that had been dug, under pretense of having it examined, suddenly left 'between two days,' leaving the shareholders minus the amount of their subscriptions, and also their share of 'the rocks.'

"After it was known for a certainty that the superintendent did not intend to return and resume work, the stockholders began to look around to see if there was not some property left that could be made available towards paying them for money invested and labor rendered. Tradition says that all the property to be found consisted of an old Negro slave and a pair of oxen, which were sold for the benefit of creditors. It is also said that many persons in comfortable circumstances, who had subscribed liberally towards working the mine, were by this operation considerably reduced in circumstances."

Sometime after the Revolution, the mine was worked again by "some Englishmen" who went into partnership with the owner, Capt. Azar Belden. "They put up their machinery, which was a common windlass worked by hand, and soon commenced business in a small way, digging to a depth of about 150 feet. They built a small shanty in the woods near where they lived, and where, during the night-time, they coined a considerable amount of bullion. They kept their silver hid from the vigilance of officers and sightseers. After having worked the mine some time, they suddenly absconded, taking their treasure and about five barrels of ore with them.'

Perhaps they figured it was their compensation for losing the Revolution.


No type of place name was more common in 18th and 19th Century Ridgefield than those of the privately owned lots that made up most of the farms in town. Fields, pastures, meadows, and woods were often given names. Frequently, the names reflected land features (hills, ditches, brooks, ridges, crops) and sometimes former owners or family members.

There were literally thousands of lot names, many of them common and used on many farms. A large number of lot names are recorded in deeds that are in town records; many others never made it on the record. Often, a lot would be referred to informally as something like "the back 40" or "the front 20," the numbers referring to the acreage. Names like these rarely appear in records.

One of the most remarkable collections of lot names is found in a series of deeds filed in 1861 when the heirs of Ebenezer Hoyt split up the late Mr. Hoyt's farm on Florida and Florida Hill Roads. In do doing the heirs recorded the names of more than 30 lots, including:

Lower Zeb Lot, Upper Zeb Lot, Seth Meadow, Seth Swamp, Wilkey Lot, Ben Meadow, Edmond Meadow, Upper Swamp, Spring Lot, Tom Lots, Second Jones Meadow, Square Meadow, Old Orchard, Southeast Lot, Northeast Lot, Barn Meadow, Rear Tree Meadow, Sawed Bars Lot, Ben Woods, South Lot, Upper Sidehill Lot, Ridge Meadow, South Corn Lot, Butternut Tree Lot, Sheep Lot, Tim Orchard, Corner Lot, Barn Lot Orchard, Ben Jones Woods, Big Rock Lot, Rock Lot, Lower Lot, and Anna Orchard.

The Hoyts were obviously fond of naming lots, especially after people. I suppose that most of the people were children or relatives; some could have been former owners.

In a study of a community's place name, it is almost impossible to cover in detail all of the lot names on record, and especially to identify their exact locations today. I have, in a few cases, gone into detail on some lot names, if they served to make an interesting point or later became more substantial place names.

However, because lot names should not go unnoticed, the following list of about 130 names and the years in which they were recorded has been compiled to give an idea of the types of names that were used here. Most of the cited names were recorded between 1790 and 1860, a period which saw the greatest use of lot names in Ridgefield. However, many were in use both before and after this period. Anyone who grew up in farming country or has grandparents who are farmers will no doubt see familiar names in this list - or at least, quickly sense how the names came to be.

Adder Meadow, 1830

Aunt Hanna Lot, 1848

Back Lee Lot, 1857

Barn Lot, 1816

Barn Pasture, 1799

Beaver Lot, 1817

Belden Stubble Lot, 1830

Ben Burt Lot, 1844

Bogg Lot, 1793

Bradley Lot, 1827

Bridge Lot, 1841

Brush Lot, 1823

Buckwheat Lot, 1820

Burritt Lot, 1831

Burying Hill Lot, 1853

Bush Lots, 1831

Cain Lot, 1842 (for miller Hugh Cain)

Camp Lot, 1848 (for the Rev. Samuel Camp of Ridgebury)

Cold Spring Meadow, 1861

Common Lot, 1817

Corn Lot, 1833

Corner Meadow, 1822

Country Bog Meadow, 1795

Cow Lot, 1802

Cow Pasture, 1842

Country Bog Meadow, 1795

Dauchy Lot, 1855

Davis Lot, 1803

Dayton Orchard, 1854

Ditch Meadow, 1835

Doctor Lot, 1832 (once owned by Dr. Nehemiah Perry Sr.)

East Lot, 1834

East Pasture, 1786

Eight Acre Lot, 1813

Elm Tree Lot, 1847

Farquar Lot, 1814

Flat Meadow, 1859

Foster Lot, 1847

Fox Lot, 1849

Four Acre Lot, 1850

Gate Lot, 1845

Gilbert Lot, 1841

Grass Lot, 1811

Great Field, 1761

Great Lott, 1807

Great Sheep Pasture, 1836

Great Stalk Lot, 1787

Hill Lot, 1799

Hollow Lot, 1799

House Lot, 1860

House Orchard, 1840

Irish Wood Land, 1853 (no doubt, an interesting but lost story there)

Isaac Lot, 1809

Island Meadow, 1824

Israel Lot, 1830 (for former owner, Israel Mead)

Ivy Lot, 1840

Jim Lot, 1866

John Northrop Flat, 1867

Josiah Lot, 1830

Keeler Meadow, 1818

King Lot, 1837

Limekiln Lot, 1799

Little Lot, 1820

Little Meadow, 1849

Long Lot, 1838

Lower Meadow, 1833

Lower Stalk Lot, 1854

Mead Lot, 1828

Mead Sprout Land, 1853

Middle Lee Lot, 1851

Middle Lot, 1833

Mill Lot, 1815

Mountain Lot, 1817

Mountain Wood Lot, 1830

Mutton Lot, 1875

Mygatt Lot, 1844

Ninety Acre Lot, 1798

North Benj. Burt Lot, 1834

North Brook Lot, 1857

North Mill Pond Lot, 1802

Oliver Lot, 1847

Old Asproom Lot, 1803

Old Field, 1803

Old Hill Lot, 1835

Old Lot, 1835

Old Orchard, 1820

Old Plain Lot, 1813

Old Portman Orchard, 1835

Old Ridge Lot, 1835

Old Side Hill Lot, 1820

Orchard Lot, 1799

Pasture Lot, 1714

Paul Lot, 1838

Pickett Lot, 1804

Plow Lot, 1827

Pond Lot, 1813

Pond Meadow, 1854

Pound Meadow, 1857

Ram Pasture, 1799

Raney Lot, 1872

Ridge Lot, 1839

Rock Orchard, 1833

Rock Spring Lot, 1805

Rundle Meadow, 1839

Rye Lot, 1833

St. John Meadow, 1855

Sand Hill Burt Lot, 1856

School House Meadow, 1840

Scott Meadow, 1824

Scribner Lot, 1828

Seven Acre Wood, 1849

Side Hill Lot, 1802

Side Hill Woods, 1840

Sorrel Lot, 1793

South Brook Lot, 1859

South Home Lot, 1866

Southwest Wood Lot, 1861

Spring Lot, 1793

Stalk Lot, 1828

Still Lot, 1793

Stone Lot, 1822

Stony Wood, 1820

Strawberry Lot, 1851

Street Lot, 1849 (for a family named Street)

Sturdevant Lot, 1846

Swamp Lot, 1861

Swamp Meadow, 1807

Swamp Wood Lot, 1855

Tall Walnut Lot, 1830

Tamarack Lot, 1826

Town House Lot, 1860 (the town hall land)

Town Lot, 1856

Upper Lot, 1828

Upper Meadow, 1840

Waterous Lot, 1852 (a family of that name)

West Buck Wheat Lot, 1838

West Hawley Lot, 1855

West Lot, 1805

West Meadow, 1801

Wet Well Lot, 1833

Whitewood Grove, 1819

Zeb Lot, 1824

Zoph Lot, 1822


Lounsbury Lane is an old road that connected Lounsbury Road to Florida Hill Road. The highway appears on Clark's map of Fairfield County in 1856.

For most of this century it has been an unusable pathway between fields at its northern end and through woods at its southern end, which is a little west of the Florida Road intersection. However, in the late 1980's, John Sturges received approval to develop some lots along the southern end, whose pathway was modified somewhat to avoid wetlands.

The name, derived from the same source as Lounsbury Road (below), was in use by at least 1946 when it appears on the town's first official zoning map. However, the name is probably much older, dating from around the turn of the century.


Lounsbury Ridge is the name of a 1983 subdivision by Carl Lecher of 21 acres off the north side of Lounsbury Road and served by Banks Hill Place. Mr. Lecher's other developments include Hull Place, Evergreen Place, Pheasant Lane, Hermit Lane, and Quail Ridge condominiums.


Lounsbury Road, extending from Ivy Hill and Blackman Roads on the west to Farmingville and Cain's Hill Roads on the east, recalls in its name one of the most notable families in Ridgefield, a family that produced two governors of the state.

The road probably existed from the 18th Century as an extension of Ivy Hill Road on the route to Cain's Hill Road, and on to eastern Redding. By the turn of the century, it was being called Lounsbury Road.

The story of the Lounsburys begins in New York State in and around Pound Ridge. There the Lounsbury and Scofield families had settled at the end of the 17th Century, probably via Stamford (a town that once owned Pound Ridge). In 1823, members of those two prominent families joined when Nathan Lounsbury (born in 1807 in Stamford) and Delia Ann Scofield (born in 1809 in Patterson, N.Y.) were married in Pound Ridge. The couple lived in Pound Ridge for a while, but for some reason, decided to move eastward to Connecticut.

In 1839, they paid $1,300 for the Wakeman Godfrey farm in Farmingville, consisting of 46 acres and buildings on the west side of what is now Lounsbury Road. Nathan, who died in 1894, was active in community politics and held several town offices. Besides being the only Connecticut woman to be the mother of two governors, Delia is believed to have been the first woman from Ridgefield to have formally served the country during a war; she was a nurse in an Army hospital in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. She died a year after her husband.

Nathan and Delia had six children, the oldest of which were George Edward Lounsbury and Phineas Chapman Lounsbury.

George, born in 1838 in Pound Ridge, graduated from Yale in 1863 with highest honors, and attended divinity school. He served as a deacon in Episcopal churches in Thompsonville and Suffield for several years, but abandoned the ministry because of throat difficulties.

George then founded Lounsbury, Mathewson and Company, a shoe manufacturing firm in South Norwalk, heading it until he died. He was active in the Republican party and in 1894 was elected to the state senate from this district by a large majority, and won re-election later by an even bigger margin. In 1898, he was nominated for governor on the first ballot, and then joined the GOP in sweeping the state.

Of his two-year term as governor, The Hartford Courant said: "In looks, manner and oratory, there was a decided suggestion of the South in George E. Lounsbury... At the state house, he was a useful and ornamental senator, and if no hard problems came his way as governor, he at least performed the routine and ceremonial duties with ease and a becoming dignity."

After only one term, he retired from politics and became the first president of the First National Bank and Trust Company of Ridgefield (now part of Union Trust). He lived in the family homestead, called The Hickories, until his death in 1904.

Though younger, Phineas preceded his brother as the state's chief executive. Born in 1841 in Ridgefield, he left town at the age of 16 to, as he put it, seek his fortune, which he set at $10,000, so he could return to marry Jenny Wright. At the time of his death in 1925, he was worth many times his youthful goal: his estate was valued at close to $1 million.

For a while he worked in his brother's shoe factory and like his brother, his interests also turned to politics. In 1874, he was elected to the State Legislature where he was particularly interested in the temperance movement. (When he owned The Ridgefield Press some years later, he forbade the acceptance of any liquor advertising and immediately sold the paper when his instructions were disobeyed.)

After a term in the Legislature, he went to New York City to head the Merchants Exchange National Bank and participated in the presidential campaign of James G. Blaine in 1884 (Blaine's son later lived on High Ridge Road). Three years later, he was elected governor of Connecticut, serving one term.

In 1896, he retired from active politics and built his Main Street home, Grovelawn, now the Community Center, which took 14 servants inside and 12 outside to keep running to his satisfaction. His previous house on the same site was moved to Governor Street (named for him) and now serves as the Donnelly and McNamara office building, just west of the Boys' Club.


Every town has a lovers lane, whether or not it's on the map - and it's usually not.

The name of Ridgefield's Lovers Lane probably never appeared on a map - none we've seen anyway. However, everyone in the early part of the century knew where it was: today's Rockwell Road, or at least its western leg. That was where lovers could find a bit of privacy, usually under cover of darkness, for whatever their warm hearts moved them to do.

Undoubtedly, modern lovers also have their lanes, but none, as far as we can tell, has become as well recognized and titled as was the original.

In Connecticut, incidentally, there is a Lovers' Island, and Lovers' Leap, and a Lovers' Rock.


Lower Mill Pond is another name for Lower Pond (below), the old complement to Upper Pond.

Lower Pond is now a very small pond along the Titicus River on the south side of Saw Mill Hill Road, just below Roberts Pond (which is much more modern than Upper or Lower Ponds). According to Beers map of 1867, Lower Pond was several times larger in the 19th Century than it is today.

The term was first mentioned in an 1846 deed, describing land on the "Lower Mill Pond of Jabez M. Gilbert." Jabez Mix Gilbert, who had a couple of mills downstream, may have built Lower Pond.


When Lewis Stuart sold James Gilbert a sawmill on the Titicus River in 1852, Gilbert got use of both "Upper and Lower Ponds." The deed described Lower Pond as also being called "Saw Mill Pond." Thus, Lower Mill Pond, as above, later split into two names: simply Lower Pond or Saw Mill Pond, each name retaining something of the original. It was typical for names to get simpler as they got older; Mamanasco Mill Pond became Mamanasco Pond or Lake, or even simpler, Burt's Pond; and the Great East Meadow Pond became Great Pond.

The fact that two ponds - and later a third, New Pond - served the Titicus region indicates that there was a great need for water there in the 19th Century. In the mid-1800's there were at least a grist mill, a saw mill (maybe two of them), a cider mill, a tannery, a sash and blind factory, and a shingle factory operating along the south side of Saw Mill Hill Road, west of North Salem Road. All of these operations required water power, and ponds represented a way of storing water - like a battery does electricity - to run the machinery evenly, particularly when the river wasn't being supplied by much rain water runoff.