Way Back When … 1800s
Published 12:00 am, Friday, November 17, 2017
Tonight is Pie Night at the Ogden House in Greenfield Hill. If you have ever wanted to see the inside of this historic saltbox home, this is a wonderful opportunity. This evening’s event will be particularly special, as there will be candlelight tours, knowledgeable docents to share the home’s history and, as the name suggests, there will be pie.
Pie Night is a Thanksgiving tradition that began in the 1800s and started with Mr. and Mrs. Eben Burr. The large Burr family would gather together on the night before Thanksgiving, visiting the homes of various aunts, uncles and friends. At each stop they would sample pies.
The tradition grew and spread throughout the neighborhoods as people made the rounds every year. According to sources, 22 year-old Hull Sherwood noted in his diary on Nov. 27, 1912, “Today, I go to and fro every way eating pumpkin pie.”
Tonight, the public is invited to the 2nd annual Pie Night at Ogden House from 6 to 8 p.m. to re-create this sweet tradition. Learn about one of Fairfield’s first families and enjoy pie and cider. Ogden House is at 1520 Bronson Road in Fairfield. A suggested donation of $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, will be collected at the door. For more information visit Fairfieldhistory.org.
The Fairfield Museum & History Center and Museum Shop, at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the Museum and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org. The Fairfield Museum relies on funding from individuals, corporations and foundations. The Museum is especially grateful for leadership support from the State of Connecticut, Town of Fairfield and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.