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The Museum in the Streets, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co, CT


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The Bridgeport Wood Refinishing Company and Silex Mills had a plant on the eastern side of Route 7, north of the Branchville train station, and a much larger one at the intersection of Branchville Road and Route 7 along the newly built branch line into Ridgefield. The company ground quartz into powder to be used in paints and stains, as well as producing abrasives for polishing and other products. Stone came from quarries in the Branchville area, but some came in by train to the company's railroad sidings.

"Life's Farm" was founded by John Ames Mitchell in the latter part of the 19th century. For many years thousands of New York City youngsters were brought to Ridgefield for several weeks in the summer to be given a taste of country life. The camp was located on the site of the current Branchville Elementary School.

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The Museum in the Streets

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CT, Fairfield Co, Ridgefield

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John Ames Mitchell

Posted By: Ray Gurganus

Updated: 7-21-2020