Farming & Agriculture

Farming & Agriculture (HM1CQA)

Location: Danbury, CT 06810 Fairfield County
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N 41° 23.442', W 73° 27.197'

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— Danbury, Connecticut —

During the colonial period, agriculture was the principal occupation in Danbury. The daily tasks of our early settlers included clearing land, raising cattle, growing wheat, rye, corn, beans and squash.
Broad flat tracts of fertile ground in places like Miry Brook, Starrs Plain, Great Plain and Beaver Brook were among the first lands to be used for farming.
As more land was put under cultivation to meet the needs of a growing population, farmers typically traveled four to seven miles from the village to labor in their fields.
When subsistence farming no longer satisfied all the needs of the early inhabitants, Danburians began to raise more than they needed and trade the surplus. For a time, Danbury earned the nickname "Beantown"; a nod to one of the important farm products exchanged at the coastal markets.
During the first half of the 19th century, the acreage of tilled land declined and land devoted to pasturage increased. Beef, pork, cattle, horses, corn, wheat and rye became major items of commerce.
Mills were erected on the Still River as Danbury became a regional center and served neighboring towns until they built one of their own.
With the onset of industrialization in the 1850s, the importance of agriculture declined. Even so, according to an 1880 census summary, a good portion of the community remained rural. "The country immediately surrounding Danbury in mainly cultural. In addition to farm and garden produce, large quantities of milk are produced annually for shipment to New York."
The Fairfield County Agricultural Society grew out of the regions prominence as a rural, farming locale. The Great Danbury State fair was our annual showplace for the fruits of farm labors until it ended in 1981.
Marker Number29
Placed ByDanbury Museum & Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 1:00am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 629312 N 4583284
Decimal Degrees41.39070000, -73.45328333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 23.442', W 73° 27.197'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 23' 26.52" N, 73° 27' 11.82" W
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Area Code(s)203
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 145 Deer Hill Ave, Danbury CT 06810, US
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