FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield Museum and History Center has a number of exhibits and events lined up this fall that will celebrate or inform those who attend about the town’s early history, and the museum also will host its popular, family-friendly friendly programs – Legends and Hauntings walking tour and the Holiday Train Show.
“Accused: Fairfield’s Witchcraft Trials,” which opened last month, gives a glimpse into the 17th century, and how New Englanders dealt with fears of witchcraft. Although the Salem witch trials are commonly known, many may not realize that there were witchcraft trials in Fairfield around that time as well. The exhibition will be on display through Monday, Jan. 5.
The museum has also joined with the Mashantucket Pequot Museum to present an exhibit on the Pequot War in 1637, which will be available for visiting from Wednesday, Oct. 15, to Sunday, Jan. 18. The final battle, which took place in Southport, was a major factor in establishing Fairfield as an English settlement.
Current archaeology is unearthing more information about this battle. “The Pequot War and the Founding of Fairfield, 1637-1639” will give attendees an opportunity to view some of this information.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, the Fairfield Museum will celebrate the town’s 375th birthday. The event will be a fundraiser for the museum’s educational programs. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, live music and an illusionist, a four-course “Dinner by the Bite,” and silent and live auctions, along with birthday cake.
Tickets for the birthday celebration start at $150. They may be purchased online at fairfieldhistory.org.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is at 370 Beach Road. It is open seven days a week. Admission costs $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for children and members of the museum.
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