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first settlers appeared in Georgetown between 1721 and 1756
building along the high ridge of land then known as Barnham's
or Burnham's Ridge, later known as the Hog Ridge. This ridge
follows the line of Route 107 from Georgetown to Redding Glen
with all the land in what is now the village of Georgetown
in the towns of Redding and Weston. This was during the time
of the first settlement in the northern part of the town of
Fairfield. The old north boundary line of Fairfield was on
or near where the highways now run from Redding Ridge to Redding
Center and from there west to the Ridgefield line about two
and one-half miles above the boundary rock located on Old
Mill Road in the Norwalk River in Georgetown. The upper half
of the town of Fairfield was surveyed into what was known
as the Fairfield long lots. These lots were surveyed or laid
out on what was known as the eleven o'clock line. They were
of different widths, but were nar-row when compared with their
depth, which was eight or ten miles. They were owned by the
early settlers of Fairfield near the tidewater, or were granted
to persons for services rendered the colony or town in civil
or military life; and were known by the names of the owners.
Some of these lots were settled on by the original owners
- others were settled on by persons who bought the land of
the first owners.
long lots we are interested in are those that comprised the
land now known as "The Village of Georgetown" located within
the towns of Redding, Weston and Wilton. These were the Osborn
long lot, Applegate long lot, and the Drake long lot. These
lots traveled up from the Norwalk River and through the Boston
District to Redding Glen which was known then as Nobb's Crook.
The Boston District was an area that included the following
present day roads: Mountain Road stopping just before Seventy
Acres Road, Peaceable Street, Umpawaug Road stopping just
before Topstone Road, Route 107 starting just about where
the Nazzaro Bros. driveway is today and extending all the
way to Glen Hill Road, all the roads along Rt. 107 in this
stretch were included too: Beeholm Road, Farview Farms, Goodsell
Road, Little Boston Road, Dorethy Road, Wayside Lane, Half
of Dayton Road, Lee Lane.
first long lot in what is now the village of Georgetown was
known as the Osborn long lot granted to Richard Osborn for
military service in the Pequot Indian War. This was bounded
on the west and northwest by the then Norwalk, now Wilton
line and came to the boundary rock in the Norwalk River. This
sec-tion is in the Weston part of Georgetown. It has been
said that Richard Osborn built on the Osborn long lot at an
early date but this has not been proven. The first settler
we have record of who built on this section was William Osborn,
who built a log house in 1734 on or near where the Gregory
Osborn house now stands. (This house is now owned by William
E. Osborn of Westport, a direct descendant of Richard Osborn,
the first owner of the land.) Later members of the Osborn
family built here, giving it the name of Osborntown.
1721 Robert Rumsey of Fairfield bought of John Applegate a
large tract of land known as the Applegate long lots. In 1724
he willed it to his three sons Robert, Benjamin, and Isaac,
who built homes on the tract. Isaac built on the hill in front
of where the Aaron Osborn house stood (The location of the
Aaron Osborn house was across the street from the present
driveway of the Meadow Ridge Facility). Isaac married Abigail,
the daughter of Noah St. John the first.
Rumsey built near where the home of Mrs. Nathan Perry now
stands(approx. where the Georgetown Package is now). Proof
of Rumsey's settlement there came in 1856 when Samuel Main
was building his house in that location, he started to dig
a well. Uncle Timothy Wakeman asked Mr. Main what he was doing.
On being told, Uncle Timothy took an iron bar, and striking
it through the sod found a stone slab that read: "This is
the old Rumsey well dug in 1726." Mr. Main uncovered and cleaned
out the well and used it as long as he lived in Georgetown.
the Rumseys other settlers built their homes. The Perrys,
Mallorys, Morgans, Hulls, Lees, Darlings, Coleys, Bradleys,
and later the Sherwoods, Battersons and Parsons all settled
along this ridge which follows Rt. 107 from Georgetown toward
Umpawaug Road and is known as the Boston District.
first settlement of the Drake lot, in that part of Georgetown
in the town of then Norwalk, now Wilton was made many years
later than that of the other sections. The reason being early
settlers thought the lowlands were unhealthy and always chose
the high ground first for building their homes. This section
contains most of the present day village surrounding the Gilbert
& Bennett Factory. Most of the land in this section was owned
by John Belden, Solomon Wood and Ezekial Wood. In 1756 Noah
St. John the 1st bought of Solomon Wood fifty acres of land,
and built a home. His son Nehemiah St. John also built on
this land. Nehemiah built the Matthew Gregory place later
owned by Arthur Clark. The St. John farm remained in the family
for many years and was later owned by the Rev. Samuel St.
the Taylors, Olmsteads, Gregorys, Morgans and other families
settled. In 1756 Solomon Wood sold the remainder of his land
north of the St. John farm to James Morgan of Redding, who
built a house on or near the site of the house built and long
owned by Hiram St. John. In 1764, George Abbot came to what
is now the village of Georgetown and built a grist mill and
was a prominent man in the community for many years.
the Town Got Its Name-
after the close of the War of the Revolution, the people living
on the hillsides and along the valley of the Norwalk River
held a Fourth of July celebration on the top of the hill in
front of where the Waterman Bates house stood (the first house
on the river below Connery Bros. Office on Old Mill Road)
and having no cannon to fire a salute, they bored a hole in
the ledge of rocks on the hillside, loaded it with powder
and fired the salutes in honor of the day. For many years
after it was used for the same purpose, by Matthew Ben-nett,
who lived nearby.
this time the localities around the valley were called by
different names: Osborntown, Honeyhill, Burr's Hill, St. John's
corners, Sugar Hollow, Jack Street, etc. During this Fourth
of July celebration mentioned above, it was voted to give
these localities one name. Someone proposed "Georgetown" after
George Abbott, the popular miller. The suggestion was put
to vote and Georgetown became the name of the hamlet. That
is how the hustling town of today got its name.
expanded History of Georgetown is here.
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