Sunday April 9, 2006
Nearly 50 participants joined Allen and Barbara Raymond on this historic bus tour which followed the route that British Captain Archibald Robertson, chief engineer officer of the British raid, took when he landed at Compo Beach in April, 1777. The British were heading onto Danbury to find the ammunition that was stored there.
The sunny sky greeted us at 10am as we boarded our coach bus for an adventure we will all remember. The bus route was given to all participants as well as a glossy map that showed us what the British did and how they cleverly outsmarted the Patriots. The tour included a wonderful guided visit through the Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, followed by a gourmet picnic lunch by Delicacies Catering in the Garden Room connected to the Keeler Tavern. The Raymonds pointed out significant crossings along the route and where the British were said to have camped overnight. Stories of the brave Patriots who fought against the heavily armed British gives meaning to the desire to fight to protect one’s freedom. It was a spectacular day and a wonderful way to learn about a significant event in our town’s history.
Photos by Dave Matlow