Dagny Eason, Fairfield County's Real Estate Blog: Meet Chicken Warrups - Mark Twain - Ramapo Indians - Redding CT ?

Meet Chicken Warrups - Mark Twain - Ramapo Indians - Redding CT ?

December 2013

Chief Chicken Warrups was a Native American with a checkered past.  

Meet Chief Chicken Warrups.  This Mohawk Indian, originally from Pennsylvania, was captured by another tribe (the Ramapos) who eventually settled in the Greenfield Hill section of Fairfield/Westport, CT.  Chief Chicken Warrups married the Ramapos chief's daughter.  He later got into some trouble when he murdered another Native American.  He fled, but not very far.    He ended up a few miles north in what is now known as Redding, CT.  He was said to be quite the business man and engaged in the purchase and sale of a great deal of land, always keeping his right to hunt and fish on the land in the deeds.  This made the passing of title very difficult and the state had to later step in and create special deeds.

Redding CT

Redding is a town rich with history.  Still standing today is the Geoppler Cider Mill, an interesting building that served as a cider mill producing vinegar and apple cider - and a little later, additionally, it served as the post office and train station in western Redding.  

A real gem located in Redding is the Mark Twain Library.  Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) moved to Redding later in life.  After building a large home he moved into the property named "Stormfield" in 1908.  Although his stay in Redding was brief his presence made a large impact on the town. He joined his neighbors in creating the Mark Twain Library Association.  He enjoyed raising money for the Association by hosting dinner parties and concerts.  A few days before his death in April of 1910, he made a sizable donation allowing the first library building to be built.

Another great spot to check out in Redding is Topstone Park.  It is a 280 acre park where you can enjoy trails, camping, swimming and it is dog friendly! Horse friendly too!!

More information on Topstone Park

In the early 1700s, the Ramapo in present-day western Connecticut were led by a sachem or chief named Katonah. Under pressure from English colonists, they sold their land in the Ridgefield area, a territory estimated at 20,000 acres, and moved away. The Ramapo migrated west and some eventually settled in the mountains in northeastern New Jersey and southwestern New York; this part of the Appalachian Mountains was named for them by colonists as the Ramapo Mountains.

More information on Redding, CT

Meet Chicken Warrups - Mark Twain - Ramapo Indians - Redding CT ?


The most recent ranking of the nation’s high schools published by U.S. News & World Report distinguished Connecticut with 11 gold medal schools, 24 silver medal schools, and 4 bronze medal schools. Of the top 10 best high schools listed, half were in the 26th district. Weston, Ridgefield, Wilton, Joel Barlow, Darien, New Canaan, and Staples High School were recognized.


This article has been written by Dagny Eason.


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Comment balloon 5 commentsDagny Eason • December 30 2013 11:57AM


Great history lesson - thanks for sharing!

All the best to you in 2014!

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 5 years ago

I love learning just a little more about an area .....

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Dagny, really different take on history...i was checking some of your web site blog links are not working...you may want to remove them until you get those corrected.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Thank you for the history lesson for the town of Redding. Lots of really interesting information.

Let's make 2014 the best year ever Dagny!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 5 years ago

A Happy New Year to you and all the efforts that will bring an upcoming prosperous year.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) over 5 years ago