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Several Events Help Start Redding's 250th Anniversary Celebration

John Read settled in Redding in 1714, and the town was incorporated in 1767. It celebrates its 250th anniversary this year.
John Read settled in Redding in 1714, and the town was incorporated in 1767. It celebrates its 250th anniversary this year. Photo Credit: Facebook/Town of Redding, CT

REDDING, Conn. -- A series of events are planned throughout the year as Redding celebrates its 250th anniversary.

Redding Elementary and Middle School students will help kick off the celebration with The Great Kindness Challenge, performing more than 250 acts of kindness during January. The Mark Twain Library kicks off a documentary film series, "Redding Remembers ... 250 Years," on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. Also in January, Redding will begin a fundraising campaign to restore a shade tree to the Town Green's tree lined border.

In the early 1700s, Redding was home to an Indian village whose leader was named Chickens Warrups. In 1714, John Read settled in Redding (which was then part of Fairfield), claimed 500 acres to set up a homestead for his wife and children, acquiring the deed to said land from Chickens. Lonetown Manor, Read’s home, soon became the center of a busy and populous farm settlement and a number of mills and other enterprises associated with farmers’ needs soon took root. The town was incorporated in 1767 with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants.

Read moved to Boston in 1722, and his son, Col. John Read, took over as administrator of Lonetown Manor.

Weekly posts about the history of Redding, its historic figures, homes, structures, industries and more, will help residents connect modern Redding to its roots. For more information, click here to visit the Town of Redding website.

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