Way Back When... 1934
Published 12:00 am, Friday, December 8, 2017
On Feb. 19-20 of the year 1934, Fairfield was blanketed in snow. A Nor’easter hit the area, leaving around 2 feet of the white stuff in its wake. Bridgeport’s snowfall was recorded at 25.5 inches. An account from the New York Time on Feb. 21, 1934 read as follows:
“Lashed by a sixty-mile northeast gale, the heaviest snowstorm since the famous blizzard of 1888 almost completely paralyzed the New England coast yesterday [February 20]. The storm extended inland as far as the Adirondacks and south to the Eastern shore of Maryland, although with less severity… While southern New England took the brunt of the storm, it spread north and west into Vermont, New Hampshire, and upstate New York. Highways were blocked by drifts in many places six feet deep …”
While no snow is in the forecast in the coming weeks, Fairfielders who want to get their snow fix early can visit the Fairfield Museum’s Winter Wonderland exhibition. The show, in the Ruth Carlson Horn Gallery, features snowy photographs and information about past winters in Fairfield. There are also vintage sleds, skates, skis and more on display. Children can play with several interactive felt boards as well. Winter Wonderland is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Feb. 19, 2018.
The year Fairfield was blanketed in snow after a Nor’easter hit the area
The Holiday Express Train Show is also on view and tonight is the first of extended Friday hours. Guests can view the trains today from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. From 4:30-6pm join the Museum staff for Holiday Crafts & Cookies. Free with admission. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors/students and free for Museum Members and children ages five and under.
The Fairfield Museum & History Center and Museum Shop, located at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10am-4pm. 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.