July 17, 2014
By TINA BACHETTI | Hartford Courant
HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: Named for the high ridges in the town. The Indians called the region Caudatowa, which means "high land." The town was incorporated in 1708.
RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: The Ridgefield Playhouse was originally designed by Cass Gilbert Jr. as a high school auditorium in 1938. Gilbert Jr. was son of Cass Gilbert, architect of the Woolworth Building in New York and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Playhouse was used as the town's community center until the 1970s, when a new high school was built in another location. The Playhouse was restored as a 500-seat movie house and theater in 2000.
NOTABLE RESIDENTS: Ridgefield's proximity to New York City has made it a popular residence over the years for such famous people as actors Harvey Fierstein and Robert Vaughn, singers Judy Collins and David Cassidy, children's authors Maurice Sendak and Richard Scarry, playwright Eugene O'Neill, comedian Chris Elliott and composer Aaron Copland