1 . A term that is used, almost exclusively by residents of Northwestern Connecticut, in a derogatory fashion. 2. A name once given to the workers of charcoal pits on Mt. Riga, located in Salisbury,CT, to label those who were of a poor working class ( mostly Dutch immigrants ). The ash and soot from the charcoal burning pits would force these workers to tie handkerchiefs or "rags" to their faces in order to filter the acrid air. The term "raggies" refers to their use of these rags.
"Raggies would often come down from the mountain , for lunch, to eat in downtown Salisbury"