It's a sign of past times.

The Old Post Road Area Association unveiled new signs designated the Old Post Road historic district Friday afternoon. Three signs have already been posted, and fundraising to buy two more is continuing, said Peter Petron, the association president.

Petron was joined by Dan Miller, the association vice president; First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Meri Erickson, from the Fairfield Museum and History Center, in cutting a ceremonial ribbon at the sign on Beach Road, near First Church Congregational.

He lauded the cooperation by town officials and the Historic District Commission historic-recognition project.

"The mission of our organization is to promote and protect the historic character of the neighborhood," Petron said, and the signs promote that cause.

Other signs can be found on the Old Post Road across from the Fairfield Public Library and the Old Post Road near Turney Road. Historic District Commission approval has been received for signs on South Benson Road and on Oldfield Road near Reef Road.

"The signs came out looking fantastic," Tetreau said. "One of the important attributes of Fairfield is our history."

The signs were designed and paid for by the OPRAA. The Old Post Road neighborhood was designated a historic district in 1963 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Old Post Road area is at the heart of the land known in 1639, with the founding of the Fairfield settlement, as the "four squares," which over the centuries has been maintained as the center of town government and a prime residential neighborhood.

The district is home to Town Hall Green, Old Town Hall, Sullivan-Independence Hall, the Burr Homestead, the Sun Tavern, the Old Academy, the Victorian cottage and barn, First Church Congregational and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Some of the homes in the area survived the burning of Fairfield by British troops during the Revolutionary War.

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