Battle of Ridgefield

by  Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center

Program image

Lauded as the only inland battle in Connecticut during the American Revolution, the Battle of Ridgefield left its mark on the Keeler Tavern quite literately – there is a cannonball from British cannons still stuck in the historic house to this day! Join costumed museum educators as they lead students through the events of the battle using primary resources from the museum’s collection. Students will be challenged to consider the benefits of staying loyal to England along with the costs of fighting for independence. This program was designed for grades 6-7 but has also been adapted for additional grades.

Program Rating

This program has not yet been evaluated.
Book it!

About This Program


By Request: $75.00

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center strives to provide equitable access to all our programs. Please contact us for more information on our Title 1 Initiative.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

Interactive Virtual Learning programs can be booked Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:30am and 1:00pm.

Book it!

Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

KTM&HC requires two weeks’ notice for any changes to your scheduling. Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled field trip. There is no charge if your program is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen technical problems.

About This Provider

Content Provider logo


Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center

Ridgefield, CT
United States

The site of Keeler Tavern has been a farmhouse, tavern, stagecoach stop, post office, hotel for travelers and the home of noted architect Cass Gilbert. In 1966, a group of interested residents in Ridgefield decided to preserve its rich history and established it as a nonprofit museum.The Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center is dedicated to assisting visitors, students, and scholars in understanding significant lives and events during the site’s 300-year history, including their meaning for citizenship and culture now and in the future. We pursue this mission by preserving and protecting the museum’s physical and intellectual assets and sharing them with the widest possible audience, whether on our campus or through outreach programs.

Melissa Houston

Program Details


1. Students will begin by participating in a brainstorming activity using the only known etching of the Battle of Ridgefield as a pre-program activity. Google Form activity is completed before the program.
2. During the interactive virtual learning program, a museum educator introduces the students to the Keeler Tavern by explaining the significance of the Assembly Room, the room in the historic tavern where the program will stream from.
3. A presentation of primary and secondary sources will showcase the events of the Battle of Ridgefield and how it fits into national events.
4. Then a costumed interpreter will tell the events of the battle as experienced by Esther Keeler, who was likely in the tavern at the time it was struck by a cannonball, and her husband Timothy.
5. Answers to the students’ questions from the pre-program activity will be woven throughout the program to make the learning personally engaging.
6. The program will conclude with time for questions and answers.


Students will –
1. Learn about how systems of support throughout the colony aided in the fight for independence
2. Be challenged to acknowledge that a strong portion of Connecticut remained loyal to England for economic, religious, and as well as familial reasons – including the neighbors next to the Keeler Tavern
3. Understand the basic outline of the Battle of Ridgefield including major engagements and leading generals
4. Connect the Battle of Ridgefield, a small local event, to the American Revolution
5. Examine different perspectives through primary resources including newspaper articles, etchings, and military documents

Standards Alignment

National Standards

C3 Frameworks for Social Studies:
D2.Civ.6.3-5. Describe ways in which people benefit from and are challenged by working together, including through government, workplaces, voluntary organizations, and families.
D2.Civ.14.3-5. Illustrate historical and contemporary means of changing society.
D2.Eco.1.3-5. Compare the benefits and costs of individual choices.
D2.Eco.2.3-5. Identify positive and negative incentives that influence the decisions people make.
D2.Geo.12.3-5. Explain how natural and human-made catastrophic events in one place affect people living in other places.
D2.His.2.3-5. Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.
D2.His.3.3-5. Generate questions about individuals and groups who have shaped significant historical changes and continuities.
D2.His.4.3-5. Explain why individuals and groups during the same historical period differed in their perspectives.
D2.His.5.3-5. Explain connections among historical contexts and people’s perspectives at the time.
D2.His.6.3-5. Describe how people’s perspectives shaped the historical sources they created.
D2.His.9.3-5. Summarize how different kinds of historical sources are used to explain events in the past.
D2.His.10.3-5. Compare information provided by different historical sources about the past.
D2.His.11.3-5. Infer the intended audience and purpose of a historical source from information within the source itself.
D2.His.12.3-5. Generate questions about multiple historical sources and their relationships to particular historical events and developments.

State Standards

Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks:
INQ 3–5.4 Explain how supporting questions help answer compelling questions in an inquiry.
INQ 3–5.5 Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling questions and supporting questions, taking into consideration the different opinions people have about how to answer the questions.
INQ 3–5.7 Use distinctions between fact and opinion to determine the credibility of multiple sources.
ECO 4.1 Compare the benefits and costs of individual choices.
ECO 4.2 Identify positive and negative incentives that influence the decisions people make.
CIV 4.1 Illustrate historical and contemporary means of changing society.
HIST 4.1 Explain connections among historical contexts and people’s perspectives at the time.
HIST 4.2 Explain probable causes and effects of events and developments.