In addition to trees and wreaths, perhaps the most widespread plant-life symbol of the holidays is the poinsettia. Amazingly enough, the ubiquitous flower has a big connection to the town of Fairfield. In fact, a student at the Dwight Academy on Greenfield Hill was the man who first introduced the poinsettia plant to the United States.
As a boy, Joel Robert Poinsett (1779-1851) learned calculus, Latin and Greek, navigation and surveying in the the Rev. Timothy Dwight’s renowned one-room schoolhouse on the green, just east of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.