History of “The Firelands”
The Firelands or Sufferers’ Lands tract was located at the western end of the Connecticut Western Reserve in what is now the U.S. state of Ohio. It took the name “Fire Lands” because it was intended as restitution for residents of the Connecticut towns of Danbury, Fairfield, Greenwich, Groton, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, and Ridgefield. They had been burned out of their homes in 1779 and 1781 due to fires set by British forces during the American Revolutionary War. The area term is now spelled as one word, “Firelands”.