This is the season of pie, and with Thanksgiving on the horizon, the Fairfield Museum is bringing back one of the town’s lesser known traditions, “Pie Night.” On Sunday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., locals are invited to the Sun Tavern behind the Fairfield Museum (370 Beach Road) to sample pies and seasonal snacks, to learn a bit about food history, and to enjoy Fairfield trivia! The event is a modern twist on an 1800s version where Fairfielders enjoyed pie with their friends, families, and neighbors.
It all began 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 other neighborhoods as people made the rounds every year. It lasted at least until the early 1900s, as a then 22 year-old Hull Sherwood noted in his diary on Nov. 27, 1812, “Today, I go to and fro every way eating pumpkin pie.”