This weekend, the Fairfield Museum will be hosting its acclaimed Town Green Walking Tour on Saturday, June 15 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Attendees will be treated to a rich history of the sites along Old Post Road and Beach Road, including Samuel Penfield’s Sun Tavern. With a history dating back to Fairfield’s original Four Squares, the Sun Tavern is one of Fairfield’s oldest buildings. Today, the site houses the Fairfield Museum’s Seeking Justice exhibition and a period-correct recreation of Penfield’s interior, open to all ages every Saturday this summer.
The land on which the Sun Tavern sits had a multitude of owners before Penfield. The first was Rev. John Jones, pastor of the First Congregational Church across the road, who had the land parceled to him after his 1644 arrival. The property left the Joneses in 1681 when then widow Susanna sold it, eventually ending up with Penfield in 1761. During the interim, the original house burned in December 1758.