The Town of Southbury is holding events and activities all year long to celebrate 350 years of community, culture and history (1673-2023), aimed at highlighting the past and progress of the one and only Southbury!
The 350th Anniversary Steering Committee consists of John Dwyer and Kevin Bielmeier (co-chairs), Brian Jones (vice-chair), Justin Bette, Lynn Dwyer, Melinda Elliott, Michael Ganem, Kara Kenney, Mary Korsu, and Gosia Liedlich.
In 1673, 15 families from Stratford travelled up the Pootatuck (Housatonic) River on rafts and canoes, settling on land in this area known as the Pomperaug Plantation, which was purchased from the Pootatuck Native Americans. Those religious dissidents spent their first night in Woodbury and the second night under a white oak tree on Crook Horn Road, by the former Berry Farm, now known as Settlers Park, in what is now known as Southbury.
Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, also known as General Rochambeau was a French nobleman who played a critical role in the American Revolutionary War. In 1781, General Rochambeau passed through Southbury on his route to Yorktown, Virginia. Join us and learn more about this important figure in the American Revolution.
Damien Cregeau has researched and been published in numerous magazines and journals. He has also given talks throughout the northeast, from Boston, Vermont and New Hampshire to Washington, D.C., as a professional, nationally-recognized scholar since 2007.
Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this event is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required. This program is part of the 350th. For more information about this program, please email Rebecca at email@example.com or call the reference desk at 203-262-0626 ext 130.