Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC) has received a grant from Ridgefield Thrift Shop to help pay for development of a state-of-the-art outdoor audio walking tour based on the period when renowned architect Cass Gilbert and his wife Julia Finch Gilbert owned the property during the Gilded Age.

“We are immensely grateful to The Ridgefield Thrift Shop for this generous funding, which will help us create new ways for visitors to experience this historic landmark,” said Rhonda Hill, KTM&HC board president. “A walking tour of the campus funded by the Ridgefield Thrift Shop is an exciting new opportunity for driving visitors to our cultural site. RTS and its volunteers, donors, and shoppers are a valuable resource in the Ridgefield community, and we could not be more pleased to be recognized by them this way.”

The Ridgefield Thrift Shop grant will pay for the cost of curating, designing, manufacturing, and installing a series of 11 permanent, weather-proof museum signs throughout the campus, as well as the cost of curating, creating, and recording an audio component that will take visitors through the tour, accommodating and engaging 21st-century audiences.

“This grant helps us realize our mission as a regional history center in the heart of the Ridgefield community,” said Hildegard Grob, KTM&HC executive director. “With it, the RTS will help us reinterpret our site for a 21st -century audience by providing new visitor experiences to explore our 300-year history and contemporary relevance. We are tremendously grateful.”

KTM&HC tells 300 years of the town’s — and nation’s — history through the lives of its past residents. The 4-acre historic site, including the Keeler Tavern Museum, Cass Gilbert-designed Garden House, Carriage Barn and Gardens, currently is open for outdoor enjoyment only pursuant to state and local health guidelines for social distancing in the time of the coronavirus. Additional information about the site, including updates about programming and events, as well as rental of the Cass Gilbert-designed Garden House and Walled Garden, can be found at, @KeelerTavernMuseum on Facebook and Instagram, and @KeelerTavern on Twitter.