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Stepney Trail

Created By: Philip Hayes
Date Created: 11 December 2012

 

The Stepney Heritage Trail was born out of a passion to preserve the past and pass it along to future generations.  SOS identified eighteen sites within Stepney that they felt held a significant position in our history and should be researched and recognized.  But how could this task best portray these moments in the past to today’s citizenry?  We researched, from many sources, the history of these sites and decided to make it available to the residents of Monroe by using the vehicle of the Stepney Heritage Trail.  The trail idea grew in momentum and soon we were raising funds to build the centerpiece, the Gazebo/Kiosk on the Stepney Green.  At the same time they realized that to have a “trail” there must be markers and plaques to identify each of these sites for viewing and reading.  So the Trail was born and today we are still fund raising and continue to work to complete it.

What is on the Trail?

The Stepney Heritage Trail consists of the trailhead Kiosk on the Green, Roadside markers at each site and/or oval Plaques placed on the existing buildings.

The Stepney Heritage Trail Information Kiosk is sixteen feet in diameter, sixteen feet tall, has a distinguishing bell shaped roof with gothic cornice, eight pillars and a barrel-vaulted ceiling.  It sits atop of a 25-foot diameter cobblestone base, which includes a circle of engraved cobblestones.  The engraved cobblestones were urchased by local residents and businesses giving the kiosk its own trail of history as you walk around the kiosk’s perimeter and read the engravings of past and present names.  You begin to reveal the history behind the Stepney Heritage Trail as you read the two-sided interpretive panels with photographs, maps and text describing the heritage of Stepney and the historical sites along the trail.  Then take a map (available in the Kiosk) detailing the Trail and begin traveling along the Stepney Heritage Trail and take yourself back in time.  Carl Sandburg was quoted: “If we wish to have a future with greater meaning, we must concern ourselves … (with) … all that is worth preserving from our past as a living part of the present.”  We believe you will feel the same when you emerce yourself into this unique time machine.

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13 Places In This GeoTrail

House

Abiel Beers House

1-99 Old Newtown Rd
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Philip Hayes
House

Andrew B Curtis House

30-36 Maple Dr
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Philip Hayes
School

Birdsey Plain School House

Hattertown Rd
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Philip Hayes
Historical Marker

Birdsey’s Plain / Stepney Cemetery

19 Pepper St
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Admin
Church (Baptist)

Birdsey’s Plain Stepney Baptist Church

Green St & Main St
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Admin
Church (Methodist )

Birdsley's Plain Methodist Church (Our Lady of Rosary Chapel)

Pepper St
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Philip Hayes
Church (Methodist )

George Burritt House (Methodist Church Parsonage)

Pepper St
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Philip Hayes
Historical Marker

Monroe and Newtown Turnpike

Hattertown Rd
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Philip Hayes
Commercial Building

Site of the Burr Hawley & Burritt General Store

439 Main St
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Philip Hayes
Commercial Building

Stephen French Store / Post Office

30-36 Maple Dr
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Philip Hayes
Railroad Station

Stepney Depot

38-62 Maple Dr
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Philip Hayes
Firehouse

Stepney Fire House #1

2-40 Mill St
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Philip Hayes
House

Thomas Hawley House

Old Newtown Rd
Monroe, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Contributed By: Philip Hayes

 

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