Easton Connecticut in Fairfield County. Staples Academy Building, the oldest building in Easton. It offered free private education from 1795 to 1895 and is regarded to be among the first in the country to offer this. Today, it is the parish house of the Congregational Church that is in front of you perched on a hill. Captain James Johnson, who was the grandson of the first Pastor of the Church, built this classic Congregational Church in 1836.