Many Ridgefielders do not realize that in the early days, Ridgebury was a self-sufficient town and a vibrant community with several inns/taverns, shoemakers, tanners, blacksmiths, hatting shops, a grist mill, a small sewing factory, five little schools, a stagecoach stop, and stores. The town also had a church/meeting house and a separate pre-Revolutionary War cemetery on 1.3 acres, a gift from Ralph Keeler Reynolds and Nellie Keeler Reynolds. The area applied to be a separate town on three occasions but was never successful.
Today 64 veterans of eight wars rest in this historical cemetery, including the families of two African Americans who fought for the union in the Civil War. The numbers who are buried here from various wars are as follows: King George’s War, 1744-48 (one), Revolutionary War (17), War of 1812 (three), Civil War (six), World War I (five), World War II (28), Korean War (three), and Vietnam War (1). And how do we know all about who is buried in the cemetery, their relationship to the town, their rank in the wars, and other pertinent information? It is all thanks to the six generations of Reynoldses who have kept the cemetery economically active, well maintained, and historically updated.