Wilton, CT A residential community with open lands, historic architecture such as the Round House, and many colonial homes.
Wilton Public Schools –
The Wilton School District is comprised of four schools: Miller-Driscoll (PreK-2nd Grade), Cider Mill (3rd-5th Grade), Middlebrook School (6th-8th Grade), Wilton High School (9th-12th Grade) The Wilton Public School website also has a great Community section filled with information about events and activities found here.
Wilton Historical Society – There website offers links to Upcoming Events, Public Programs, History is Here, and a collection of Videos 24/7. A collaborative organization that is fiscally sound, with an engaged board and membership, inspiring architectural preservation and historical literacy. With a commitment to making Wilton’s past relevant to the community and to visitors, the Wilton Historical Society, founded in 1938, offers a broad variety of insightful exhibits, programs and special events presented with historical accuracy and depth.
A museum where history comes alive through 12 period rooms
Special collections, including toys, tools and trains, which are of interest to a broad audience
Renowned, nationally recognized annual events such as the American Artisan Show and the Fall Antiques Market
A variety of programs for children, adults, and families that skillfully blend education and entertainment
Curriculum-appropriate historical education for Wilton’s students
Preservation of 17 historical buildings which are typical of a New England rural community
Town History. Wilton is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 18,062. Officially recognized as a parish in 1726, Wilton today is a residential community with open lands, historic architecture such as the Round House, and many colonial homes. Many residents commute to nearby cities such as Stamford or New York City. Visit the official town website.
The original 40 families of the parish began their own Congregational church and were allowed by Norwalk to hire a minister (Robert Sturgeon, who also became the town’s first schoolmaster), open schools and build roads. During the Revolutionary War in 1777, the British used Wilton as an escape route after their successful raid on Danbury. Several homes were burned along Ridgefield, Belden, Danbury, and Dudley roads, but the town remained intact. In 1802, Wilton was granted a Town Charter by the Connecticut General Assembly and became a political entity independent from Norwalk.
With a strong anti-slavery sentiment by its residents, Wilton served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, primarily at the house of William Wakeman, “an earnest abolitionist and undergrounder for many years.”
Wilton was classified as a “dry” town until 1993, when the local ordinance was altered to permit the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants. The town was then referred to as “damp.” On November 5, 2009, a referendum proposal was passed to allow liquor stores. The town Board enacted an ordinance to allow liquor stores to sell alcoholic beverages in 2010 and since then, several stores have since opened.
The Cannondale Historic District, in north-central Wilton, retains its historic character and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.