1625 (and prior)
The Paugusset tribe establishes trails and settlements throughout the area.
The Stepney area is first settled by 2nd and 3rd generation English colonists from the mother colony of Stratford or Fairfield.
The name “Stepney” first appears in the Stratford land records.
The Stepney area was at first part of the parish of North Stratford (now Trumbull).
Stepney became part of the newly formed Parish of New Stratford — the forerunner of Monroe.
Local farmers join the American Revolutionary forces of New Stratford.
A French force of soldiers under General Rochambeau and led by Duc de Lauzun arrive in New Stratford and march through the area. The Revolution is won! Resident farmers celebrate victory with bonfires and music.
All of New Stratford becomes part of the newly formed town of “Huntington”.
Birdsey’s Plain / Stepney cemetery donated by Noah and James Burr, Jr.
The Bridgeport-Newtown Turnpike, a toll road, opens — the forerunner of the present Route 25.
The one-acre Parade ground “Birdsey’s Plain/Stepney Green” is purchased for $140 by the Birdsey’s Plain Rifle Company.
The parish of New Stratford becomes a separate town named Monroe. The town is named for the popular President James Monroe.
Monroe and Newtown Turnpike opens, connecting Stepney to Danbury via Hattertown Road.
The first of the twin churches on the Stepney Green — Methodist-Episcopal church is dedicated.
The Housatonic Railroad arrives in Stepney, ushering in industry and a new era.
The second of the twin churches — the Baptist Meetinghouse — is dedicated.
Monroe establishes 7 school districts:
- East Village
- Birdsey’s Plain
- Cutler’s Farm
- Elm Street
- Walker’s Farm
The Civil War breaks out. A peace rally is held at the Stepney Green by local pacifists called “Copperheads.” P.T. Barnum and Elias Howe arrive by train with a group of hired ruffians and break up the rally. Nearly 100 town residents volunteer for the Union forces.
- Stepney — 26
- East Village — 37
- Elm Street — 30
- Birdsey’s Plain — 61
- Walker’s Farm — 47
- Center — 39
- Cutler’s Farm — 27
- $102 for Summer session
- $136 for Winter term
Route 25 is paved as a state highway, the first paved road in town.
The Stepney Volunteer Fire Department is established, the town’s first fire department.
War Memorials are established on the Town’s two Greens, Stepney and Monroe, honoring World War I veterans.
The end of the Agricultural era and the start of suburbanization.
May 24th — Save Our Stepney Task Force is established to preserve and enhance the Stepney/Birdsey’s Plain areas.
Upper Stepney / Birdsey’s Plain Historic District established. The district encircles the Stepney Green and Includes certain adjacent properties.