One of the many reasons people come to Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC) is to see the cannonball lodged in the Museum’s corner post. Visitors from near and far – and of all ages – are fascinated by the four- to six-pound ball fired by the British at Timothy Keeler’s Tavern during the Battle of Ridgefield in 1777.
While KTM&HC is closed for all indoor activities and guided tours until at least May 1st, visitors can now see the cannonball on their own. KTM&HC has removed the wooden shingle that typically protects the 243-year old projectile and affixed plexiglass so it is visible to viewers. A museum plaque provides background information.
“We are inviting people to take a selfie with KTM&HC’s British ‘souvenir’,” said Catherine Prescott, lead curator and assistant museum director. “As long as people adhere to social-distancing recommendations of at least six feet between them and refrain from touching the plexiglass or plaque, this ‘window onto history’ can be both educational and fun.”