The 245th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield is this weekend. Here’s what you need to know

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RIDGEFIELD — It was 245 years ago that Ridgefielders set up a barricade on the north end of Main Street to meet the British soldiers heading south from Danbury.

Led by Generals Benedict Arnold, David Wooster and Gold Selleck Silliman, the American soldiers fought British Major General William Tryon and his army, chasing them to the shore.

This weekend, the town will remember the April 27, 1777 Battle of Ridgefield, the only inland battle fought in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War, with a reenactment, historic tours and other programs.

The activities are particularly relevant this year because new information is expected to come to light about the four Revolutionary War soldiers whose skeletal remains were unearthed in town in 2019 and 2020. A funeral procession is planned for the soldiers on Sunday.

Here’s what you need to know:

The weekend kicks off with an event on Friday evening at East Ridge Middle School where experts will discuss what they’ve discovered about the battle through the discovery of skeletal remains. The panel discussion will follow a performance from the Ridgefield High School Symphonic Orchestra. The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Revolutionary War reenactors will arrive and set up camp for the weekend, with camp tours and demonstrations Saturday and Sunday.

Reenactors will re-stage the battle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on local streets. Main Street will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Houlihan Lawrence, a real estate business on the corner of Main and Catoonah Streets, will work with the Ridgefield Historical Society to serve as the information hub on reenactment day. They’ll have complete event details, maps, t-shirts and stickers. Attendees will have the chance to declare their allegiance and have their photo taken with Benedict Arnold or General Tryon.

Members of the public are invited to join field historians from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday as they research the Scott House property and demonstrate their techniques for uncovering clues and artifacts. There will also be an exhibition of some of the objects that have been discovered in the Battle of Ridgefield area.

The Keeler Tavern Museum, where a cannonball fired from the British remains lodged into one of the corner posts, will also offer free Battle of Ridgefield-themed tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Revolutionary War characters will be stationed around Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for walking tours of the town. Lounsbury House’s Musket Ball is from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The weekend ends with a funeral procession for the soldiers whose remains were found in town. The 5th Connecticut Regiment and The Brigade of the American Revolution will conduct the ceremony. Attendees should enter Olde Town Cemetery from the entrance at the corner of North Street and Mapleshade Road. Entrances off North Salem Road will be reserved for the horses, wagons and reenactors.

A list of events is available on the Ridgefield Press’ website and on the Ridgefield Historical Society’s website.