Along the Stepney Heritage Trail
A Lesson in History
The Stepney Heritage Trail would not be possible without the efforts and contributions of the following individuals and organizations: Connecticut Humanities Council—Cultural Heritage Development Fund, Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation, DebraLee Hovey, 112th Connecticut State District Representative, HSBC Bank, Monroe Branch, Jay Keillor, DBA Land Engineering Associates, Inc., Monroe Historical Society, Monroe Rotary Club, Monroe Town Public Works Department, Monroe Women’s Club, the First Selectman of the Town of Monroe, Save Our Stepney Task Force, the Sippin Family, Ed and Lorraine Warren, the Werth Family Foundation and all the citizenry who purchased engraved cobblestones to help fund the gazebo/kiosk.
The Save Our Stepney Task Force is currently seeking funds from town businesses, private donations and through grants to complete the purchase of Roadside site markers, Interpretative panels to be located in the kiosk and the Trail Map. We are presently at approximately 65% of our goal toward the completion. We need your help to complete the final chapter of this history lesson. So if your are a history buff or just believe our history should be preserved for future generations, call to find out how you can help.
For more information or to make a donation to the Stepney Heritage Trail project please contact Lee Hossler at 203-261-5702. Here’s to seeing you on the Stepney Heritage Trail.
Sources: A Glimpse of Old Monroe, Edward N. Coffey --- Historic and Architectural Resource Survey of Monroe, CT 2002, Diana Ross McCain, Project Historian, sponsored by the Connecticut Historical Commission, State of Connecticut. Connecticut Humanities Council: Stepney Heritage Trail Grant 2003 --- Certain photos from, Images of America - Monroe, Monroe Historical Society, 1998, Arcadia Publishing --- Interview with Russell Hartz, August 29, 2005, Connecticut Post, Sunday, July 16, 1995, Joan Stableford.