To commemorate Greenwich's 370th anniversary, the Citizen asked the Greenwich Historical Society to come up with a list of the top 10 important events in the 370 years since the founding of Greenwich:
July 18, 1640: Local Native Americans sell land in Greenwich to Captain Daniel Patrick and Robert Feake for the price of 25 English coats, thereby establishing Greenwich as the 10th town in Connecticut.
February 25, 1779: General Putnam, closely pursued by British dragoons, rides down a rocky steep to collect reinforcements to combat General Tryon's march through Greenwich.
May 28, 1908: Robert Bruce gives his mansion to the town with the agreement that it will be used as a museum. He later donates the 100-acre Bruce Memorial Park.
February 18, 1927: Citizens reject an experimental traffic signal on Greenwich Avenue and instead prefer a police officer to regulate traffic.
October 16, 1933: The first session of the Representative Town Meeting is held as the state's first RTM. The Open Town Meeting, in which all registered voters were eligible to vote, is eliminated.
June 29, 1938: The Merritt Parkway is officially opened.
January 10, 1945: After five years of controversy, the town finally buys the 145 acre Tod's Point for $550,000. The RTM formally changes the name two months later to Greenwich Point.
August 25, 1958: The Mianus River Bridge is completed on I95 and the turnpike is opened from Riverside to Byram.
June 28, 1983: A 100-foot-long, three-lane-wide section of the Connecticut Turnpike Bridge collapses over the Mianus River in Cos Cob, killing three people and seriously injuring three others.
Did we leave anything out? You bet! What do you think were the most important events in the Town's history? Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.