Local stagecoach service launched 171 years ago today

Before the Danbury and Norwalk Railroad began operating its line from Norwalk to Danbury in 1852, a proprietor by the name of David Hunt launched a stagecoach line service to help people from the Danbury-Ridgefield area, known as Ridgebury, catch the New York City-bound steamboat in Norwalk's seaport.

One-hundred-seventy-one years ago toady, on Aug. 4, 1845, Hunt commenced his transportation line between Ridgebury, Ridgefield, Wilton, and Norwalk.

According to the 1845 timetable from The Connecticut Historical Society's Connecticut Images Collection, the old line of stagecoaches would leave Ridgebury every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at half-past 2 a.m.

The stages passed through Ridgefield at 4 a.m., then through Wilton, before arriving in Norwalk "in time for passengers to take the Steamboat for New York."

Once the steamboat returned from New York, the stage line made its way back to Ridgebury on those same days. The throughfare was $1.