An illustrated map with pictures is worth a thousand incomprehensible directions. A map illustrator created the new Ridgefield Visitor’s Map, a map & guide to Ridgefield Connecticut. It is not faithfully drawn according to strict scale but it shows the familiar sites from the spires of St. Stephens to the famed fountain and Keeler Tavern north to the library.
Ellen Burns was inspired by a pictorial map of Lenox, Massachusetts and located its creator, artist Bart Arnold. Burns undertook the map project after years of providing directions to visitors and answering their questions at Books on the Common, her store at the high profile corner of Main Street, Bailey Avenue and Catoonah Street.
According to Burns, Ridgefield is an arts and culture destination and requires a pictorial map for people to use while they are in visiting. The maps can be taken home for future visits. Burns is happy with the outcome of the project because it provides visitors with a sense of the place.
The pictorial maps are available at public institutions and stores in Ridgefield. There are plans to distribute the maps to all arts, cultural and historical institutions particularly those who have contributed to the success of the project and those places that were represented in the map. Different places have been identified on the map including schools and churches.
There are businesses that were not included in the map but they are listed with their street addresses, phone numbers , map coordinates and websites. At least 50 businesses that include shopping, restaurants and cafes, hotels and inns, personal services and Ridgeview Media are listed on the back of the map.
Most visitors are not familiar with Ridgefield so that a narrative offers a background of the town, its culture, history and art listings. Visitors can choose from the foldable maps to the flat maps that are suitable for framing.
There is a map illustrator who can create an artistic and creative illustrated map of your place. The illustrated map will include a scene as it looks from above at an oblique view. The map is not created for navigation although it shows streets, architectural images, main landscape details and buildings.