The Wilton Historical Society has arranged a special guided tour of The Danbury Raid exhibition, which is currently on view at the Westport Historical Society. On Saturday, May 27, from 10:00 – 11:00, guest curator and local historian Ed Hynes will provide a gallery “Walk and Talk” of the exhibition. Please meet at the Westport Historical Society at 10:00. Lola Chen, Museum Educator from the Wilton Historical Society will be on hand to greet visitors who arrive for the talk. No charge, contributions are welcome.
The Danbury Raid features maps of British troop movements, accounts of skirmishes between Red Coats and Patriots at Ridgefield and Compo Hill, portraits of the principal commanders, and displays of uniforms and weaponry.
The raid on Danbury was prompted by intelligence from Loyalists indicating that the Patriots had gathered a large store of military supplies and food in Danbury. The British thought their raid would encounter only scant resistance since most of Connecticut’s Continental Army regulars had been sent to New Jersey to reinforce Gen. George Washington.
After the skirmish at Ridgefield, Arnold withdrew to Westport’s Old Hill, where he would have a commanding position from which to fire his cannons at the British as they approached the King’s Highway Bridge over the Saugatuck. Arnold’s plan failed, however, when loyalists accompanying the British led them to an upstream ford known only to locals.
Edward Hynes is a native of Wilton, and lives in Norwalk. He and his wife have traveled extensively to various battlefields around the country and overseas. Mr. Hynes gives lectures and talks on local history, including most recently “The Raid on Danbury” at the Wilton Historical Society.