Woodbridge Town Clerk Stephanie Ciarleglio led a dedicated committee in updating and expanding a book that traces the development of Woodbridge from its earliest days, through architectural profiles of representative buildings from 1730 to 1947. The newly revised “Historic Woodbridge – An Historic and Architectural Resource Survey, Second Edition” is now available. The book costs $45 and is available for purchase at the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall (11 Meetinghouse Lane) and at the Woodbridge Town Library (10 Newton Road). This is the twentieth anniversary of the first edition of the book, originally published in 1995.
The new edition features recent color photographs of each home along with photos of some of the notable people associated with individual houses. The committee put out the word that it was seeking old photos and many people responded, including several from outside the town, including as far away as Madison and Guilford. As a result, a remarkable trove of new information was gathered.
Side by side, these images of homes and their residents provide insight into the individuals who made up our small town in long ago days and helped build Woodbridge into the community it has become. The earliest-born person depicted in the book, Mary Atlanta Sperry, was born in 1795. She hails from a long line of family members who had been living in the area now known as Woodbridge since the 1660s.
“I commend Stephanie and the committee that spent so many hours putting this book together,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “The book’s first edition was so lovely and the second edition builds on the first edition’s success. Historic Woodbridge will be an invaluable resource for our residents.”
The committee, led by project director and Town Clerk Stephanie Ciarleglio includes Editor Sheila McCreven, Jean Webber, Todd Sasso, Kathy Gartland, Don Menzies, Beth Heller, Richard Jeynes, Edee Lockyer, Martha German, Todd Ryker and Barbara Baldwin.