Danbury’s Monument to Soldiers in Unknown Graves

On May 30, 1894 in Wooster Cemetery in Danbury, Connecticut the Monument to Soldiers in Unknown Graves was formally dedicated after a year of construction. It’s a pedestal of granite with a figure in a funerary position holding a rifle muzzle down. The monument is a symbol of the respect due the Danbury men who’d [...]

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The War Memorial Community Center of Danbury

Serving Danbury and the surrounding area since 1951, The War Memorial Community Center lives up to the legend over the entrance: “To honor the dead…To serve the living”. You’re going to find a variety of plaques commemorating the fallen Danburians of both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam. It’s a moving experience and one that makes [...]

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The Danbury Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

At the corner of West and Division Streets in Danbury, Connecticut, stands the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial. The monument commemorates the service of soldiers and sailors who fought in four of this nation’s wars. Including the circular white marble base and statue, the monument stands 14 feet high and depicts men from the Revolutionary War, [...]

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Danbury – So Much to Learn, So Little Time

If it’s a look into the history of Danbury that you are seeking then you might consider a trip to the Main Street Historic District of Danbury, Connecticut. However, there is a lot to see and so much history to absorb and, as it stands, you may find yourself making a day or even a [...]

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Symbols in the Seal of the City of Danbury

With the founding of the City of Danbury, in 1889, came the original city seal used to this day. Henry Hoyt led a committee creating a seal representing the spirit and events of the community. In 1777 the settlement faced ruin in the Revolutionary War. After a burning by British solders the community rebuilt. The [...]

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The History of Elmwood Park, Danbury

Elmwood Park was probably named after all the beautiful Elmwood Trees. Sometime in the late 1800′s though the park was renamed Fountain Park because all the Elm trees had died from the Dutch Elm disease. Older photos taken after the disease only showed a fountain and fence. Elmwood Park has been in that same spot [...]

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Danbury: The Hat Capital of the World

During the early 20th century, Danbury, Connecticut was known around the world as “The Hat City’ or the “Hatting Capital of the World’. Local legend mentions that Zadoc Benedict plugged a hole in his shoe with some fur. He learned that pressure from walking around in these homemade shoes interacted with perspiration to create felt. [...]

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The 1777 British Raid of Danbury

On April 25, 1777 the British troops which has been occupying New York City since 1776 began their march to Danbury. On April 26, 1,800 men under the command of Major General William Tyron was convinced that the majority of Danbury citizens were loyal to the British. They entered Danbury a little after three in [...]

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