Wilton Historical Society Members: $50; non-Members $75.
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6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
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The Wilton Historical Society is planning a Patriot Dinner on Saturday, April 29 from 6:30 – 9:30 to commemorate the British Raid on Danbury, which was led by General William Tryon. It was 240 years ago, on April 28, 1777, that over 1,000 British redcoats trekked from Ridgefield, where they had won the Battle of Ridgefield, down Ridgefield Road through Wilton as they headed for their boats at Compo Beach in Westport. The dinner, featuring Colonial-style food and drink, will be held at the Society. Guests are encouraged to come “as a Patriot, a Redcoat, or as yourself” to enjoy an evening complete with Colonial music, and an account of Wilton’s part in the Raid told by historian Bob Russell after dinner.As they marched through Wilton, the redcoats stopped at various residences where they arrested citizens, stole cows, destroyed property, and drank rum. At 433 Ridgefield Road, the home of Captain Samuel Comstock, they entered the house, and must have been astonished to find the dining table laden with “tempting food and wine,” cleverly set out by Mercy Comstock, who had buried her silver and hidden herself on the hill behind her house. The gambit worked -- the British devoured the tempting feast, and her home was neither looted nor destroyed.