Annie B. Jennings

1855 – 1939
Annie Burr Jennings was born on September 20, 1855, in San Francisco, California., to Oliver Burr Jennings and his wife Esther. She had two brothers and two sisters. The family returned to Fairfield in the 1860s, and divided their time between Fairfield and New York City.

Annie B. Jennings was instrumental in establishing and supporting a number of important community institutions in Fairfield, from the historical society to the high school and the Birdcraft Sanctuary. Her philanthropy as well as her social influence in town earned her the title “First Lady of Fairfield.”

She built a large estate on Old Post Road known as "Sunnieholme," with extensive gardens that she opened to the public. She died on July 27, 1939, in Fairfield, Connecticut, at the age of 83, and was buried there.