UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: 233 years ago today, the British landed on McKenzie's Point

Saturday, July 7, 2012

233 years ago today, the British landed on McKenzie's Point

And so it is told that at the end of both Sasco Hill Road and South Pine Creek Road, in July 1779, guards watched and waited for the British to invade Fairfield. Men were evenly spaced from here, all the way into town, within enough distance from each other to shout the warning on verbally, in order to alert citizens in town quickly that the British had landed (in whaleboats and privateers). On the morning of July 7, 1779, approximately 2,000 enemy troops landed and proceeded to invade the town. When they left the following evening, the entire town lay in ruins, burned to the ground as punishment for Fairfield's support of the rebel cause. Ten years later, President George Washington noted after traveling through Fairfield, that " the destructive evidences of British cruelty are yet visible both in Norwalk and Fairfield; as there are the chimneys of many burnt houses standing in them yet."

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