Danbury Things to Do

  • Danbury Union Savings Bank
    Danbury Union Savings Bank
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    Danbury Union Savings Bank
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    The Danbury Mall

    by cjg1 Written Sep 26, 2012

    The Danbury Mall is where the shopping is in this area. It is the typical suburban shopping mall with stores you can find anywhere across the U.S along with some chain restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory.

    My wife and I have shopped here on many occasions while in the area visiting friends. The Mall is a weird floorplan but has good stores and is relatively safe.

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    Charles Ives Plate on Main Street

    by atufft Written Mar 20, 2011

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    Charles Ives Birthplace Plate
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    On the Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank) Building on Main Street is a plate commemorating the location of the Ives Family home where Charles was born. Ives lived from 1874-1954, but I believe the house was long gone even before he died. His museum is elsewhere in town.

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    Sybil Ludington Statue

    by atufft Written Mar 19, 2011

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    Sybil Ludington Statue, Danbury, CT
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    Sybil Ludington was a colonel's daughter who heroically rode a horse, as did Paul Revere, to spread the news to various townships that the British army had sacked Danbury. Actually, her 1777 ride was more heroic and noteworthy because she was only 16 years old and rode her horse some 40 miles (more than twice the distance of famed Revere ride) through the most damp hours of darkness. Sybil used a musket to defend herself from highway robbers, and knocked on doors with a stick, to muster some 400 rebel fighters for vengeance. General George Washington congratulated Sybil for her heroic deed. See the link below for more historical details for this event.

    The bronze statue at the Danbury Public Library, near the corner of Liberty and Main Streets was commemorated circa 1961 by sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, who provided a larger version of the statue along Sybil's route near Carmel, New York. A bronze cast the same size as the Danbury statue is also on display at the Daughters of the American Revolution Building in Washington, D.C.

    The Danbury statue can be easily missed as it's tucked away among some landscaping behind a large fountain near the relatively modern Danbury Public Library building

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    White Street Hat Factory Buildings

    by atufft Written Mar 19, 2011

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    Along White Street are the old brick commercial buildings that were once one of the monopolistic producer of derby hats for men. Prior to the peak of derby fashion at the start of the 20th century, Danbury had nearly a century of hat production, mostly devoted to the beaver skin stovepipe top hat, but also straw hats, such that Danbury was not only the nation's leading hat producer, but a promoter of hat wearing fashion, until hat wearing in general fell from fashion during the 1950's. Some 50 hat producers clustered around White Street area at one time.

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    Old Public Library Building

    by atufft Updated Mar 19, 2011

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    Old Library Building in Danbury, CT

    Wikipedia article describes this building at 254 Main Street this way:

    Donated to the city in 1878 by fur-processing executive Alexander Moss White, its brick facade with polychromatic sandstone trim and slate-shingled gable roof make it the only High Victorian Gothic building extant in the Danbury area

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    More Main Street Danbury, CT

    by atufft Written Mar 19, 2011

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    Main Street, Danbury, CT
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    I'm trying to isolate each of the buildings, but unfortunately for now all I have are images of some really great architecture. Check out this early 20th century gem in marble with a bronze showing a local Indian, that now serves as a furniture story, I believe.

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    Main Street Architecture: Union Savings Bank

    by atufft Written Mar 19, 2011

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    Danbury Union Savings Bank
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    This structure, which dates back to 1886, is one of the finest red brick buildings I've ever seen. The exterior has specially molded and fired bricks, that appear as if they were a carved relief. The building was originally two banks, and has undergone several renovations, including the installation of a distinctive brass clock in 1925. In 1970, the bank was robbed and bombed, the aftermath of which resulted in further renovation and dedication of the structure as historical landmark. See the link below.

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    Military Museum of Southern...

    by sambarnett Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Military Museum of Southern New England
    Get your fix of tanks and tank destroyers here. Cool thing is you can actually touch the tanks and museum hosts special 'Open Turret' days where you can climb into the vehicles. There are also exhibits on World War II (homefront and abroad) and the 10th Mountain Division, a ski/mountain division involved in WWII and recent conflicts in Bosnia and Somalia.

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    Danbury Churches along Liberty Street

    by atufft Written Mar 20, 2011

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    Danbury Congregational Church
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    Along Liberty Street, there are several churches of early 20th century architecture worthy of a look. Some of these buildings appear to have changed denominations in recent years however.

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    Danbury News Building

    by atufft Written Mar 19, 2011

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    Danbury News Building

    Also located on Main Street, this structure dates to 1873, but the Queen Anne tower was added in 1893.

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    Danbury Railway Museum

    by atufft Written Mar 19, 2011

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    Danbury Railway Museum

    The old railroad depot has been turned into a museum, but was closed at the time I visited. Apparently, some of it's exhibits are still rolling stock within the extensive railyard.

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