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[seal] image located by Ethan Dubrow, 26 May 2024


New Fairfield Seal:

The seal was designed by late Richard Pettibone, with help from other local artists, and approved at a town meeting in 1968.

Work on a town seal started several years before its approval, when New Fairfield’s town clerk, Arthur Mulligan, proposed the idea of creating one in 1963. Mulligan believed the seal should “reflect the history, past and present, and the flavor of the town,” according to a 1965 article in the Danbury News-Times. Pettibone’s originally proposed design included many of the same images depicted on the town’s present-day seal: a horseshoe, arrowhead, anvil, plowshare, carriage, boat and water, as well as “NF” — the horse brand assigned to the town by the Colonial Assembly. It also included an eagle — a figure commonly used as a heraldic emblem on state and town seals, according to the Bridgeport Post article — but the figure did not make it into the seal’s final design. Dorothea Fox, a local artist, was commissioned to prepare the seal’s cast and did so with help from her husband and fellow commercial artist, Charles, according to a 1976 Citizens News article.

The horseshoe and anvil symbolize New Fairfield’s early blacksmiths, the boat and water represent Candlewood Lake, the plowshare and horse brand represent the town’s early farming settlers, and the carriage symbolizes New Fairfield’s commercial wagon-making industry in the late 19th century. Branches and candles along the edges of the seal’s shield also represent Candlewood Lake. According to the town, “legend tells that the early settlers would cut branches from certain trees that would burn as brightly as candles when lit.” The seal also features the image of a Native American man, as well as a large arrowhead, representative of New Fairfield’s “earliest known people,” according to the town.
Ethan Dubrow, 26 May 2024