The town of Fairfield, located in Fairfield County, is in southwestern Connecticut on the Long Island Sound and is considered a part of Connecticut’s “Gold Coast.” One of the four earliest towns established in the Connecticut Colony by the English in the 1600s, Fairfield was largely a farming community. During the Revolutionary War, a British fleet anchored off Black Rock Harbor, came ashore, and burned more than two hundred structures. Residents spent the next two decades rebuilding, but many left for the Western Reserve and portions of Fairfield were eventually annexed to form the town of Westport. Today, Fairfield is a suburban residential community and home to Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University.
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