Norwalk, CT Located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County, on the northern shore of the Long Island Sound.
Enriched with more than 1400 acres of parks and shoreline recreation areas, Norwalk is a delightful blend of the urban and suburban, the trendy and the traditional. Founded in 1640, Norwalk consists of distinct neighborhoods, each with its own style and character: East Norwalk, South Norwalk, West Norwalk, Silvermine, Cranbury, Wolfpit, Sasqua Hills & Rowayton.
Major employers, diversified housing and excellent educational opportunities attract people from all over the U.S. to live and work in Norwalk. Norwalk has been named by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live in the nation. The revitalized downtown district of SONO, the area’s active cultural community, good schools, and superb recreational advantages will continue to maintain Norwalk’s place as the pinnacle of desirability.
Here is a list of some great websites in Norwalk, CT.
Norwalk Historical Society
Norwalk Historical Society Museum
Norwalk Historical Society Mill Hill Historic Park
Norwalk Public Library
Lots to do besides just borrow books, (services and resources).
Sheffield Island Lighthouse & Sheffield Island Ferry
The Norwalk Seaport Association offers a cultural, environmental, and historical journey to the Norwalk Islands. The Sheffield Island Lighthouse and the Light Keeper’s Cottage provide a unique historical and educational venue which strives to increase awareness, appreciation and consideration for our environment and how the preservation of historic buildings and nature contribute to our quality of life.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
The museum is so alive with active exhibits for the children to have hands-on experiences.
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
A National Historic Landmark since 1971, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States.
Oak Hills Park
The 18-hole golf course at Oak Hills Park in Norwalk, Connecticut features 6,407 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The assorted layout offers a blend of naturally designed holes and presents a variety of challenging shots for golfers of all skill levels. The course rating is 70.3 and it has a slope rating of 133. Designed by Alfred Tull, Oak Hills Park Golf Course opened in 1969 and has since been renowned for being the best Fairfield County Public Golf Course. Golf memberships are available now for the upcoming season, offering a variety of options for anyone wishing to play at Oak Hills.
Wall Street Theater – live and streaming concerts
Fairfield County Antique & Design Center – Antique Shops
SoNo Switch Tower Museum – The SONO Switch Tower Museum is located in the fully restored 1896-built Switch Tower in South Norwalk, CT.
Center for Contemporary Printmaking – The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art of the print: intaglio, lithography, monotype, silkscreen, woodblock printing, paper works, book arts, and digital arts. CCP is a unique cultural resource, a place to discover, to experiment, to learn. The entire spectrum of printmaking arts is here to be explored through workshops, edition printing with master printers, exhibitions, community programs, and an Artist-in-Residence Program.
In 1640, Roger Ludlow and Daniel Patrick purchased the site of Norwalk from the Native Americans. The first settlers arrived from Hartford in 1649 and the town was incorporated in 1651. The common traditional concerning the name is that the name Norwalk is derived from the one day’s “North-walk” that limited the northern extent of the purchase from the Native Americans. The Native Americans were called “the Norwake Indians” and the river bore the name of “Norwake River”, when the English first came to these shores. Connecticut’s state song, Yankee Doodle, has Norwalk-related origins. During the French and Indian War, a regiment of Norwalkers was assembled to report as an attachment to British regulars. Assembling at Col. Thomas Fitch’s yard in Norwalk, Fitch’s younger sister Elizabeth, along with other young local women who had come to bid them farewell, were distraught at the men’s lack of uniforms and so they improvised with plumes from chicken feathers which they gave to the men for their hats. British regulars began to mock and ridicule the rag-tag Connecticut troops. That was then, this is now. See our Norwalk, CT directory.