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Wilton

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Wilton
State:
Connecticut
County:
Fairfield County
Probate District:
51
Year Established:
1802
Year Incorporated:
Form of Government:
Town Meeting - Selectmen
Town Hall Address:
Wilton Town Hall
238 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
(203) 563-0100
9:00 to 5:00 Mon.-Fri.
Web Address:
www.wiltonct.org/

History Brief:
This town was originally part of Norwalk. Settlement of this section began about 1701, though there were scattered residences before 1651. On 12 May 1726, the inhabitants of Kent, Belden Hill and Chestnut Hill joined together to become a Parish. In 1802, the Parish was incorporated as the town of Wilton. Town vital records begin 1802. Barbour collection records cover 1802-1850.
   
Other City Names (1)
Name:Wilton Parish
 
Settled From (1)
Town Name:Norwalk
 
Population (19)
Year:1819
Population:1728

Year:1820
Population:1818

Year:1830
Population:2097

Year:1840
Population:2053

Year:1850
Population:2066

Year:1870
Population:1994

Year:1880
Population:1863

Year:1890
Population:1722

Year:1900
Population:1598

Year:1910
Population:1706

Year:1920
Population:1284

Year:1930
Population:2133

Year:1940
Population:2829

Year:1950
Population:4558

Year:1960
Population:8026

Year:1970
Population:13572

Year:1980
Population:15351

Year:1990
Population:15989

Year:2000
Population:17633
 
Founding Families (0)
No Data Available.
 
Cemeteries (12)
Name:Bald Hill Cemetery
Location:827 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT

Name:Beers Cemetery
Location:Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT

Name:Comstock Cemetery
Location:Wilton-Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT

Name:Deforest Cemetery
Location:109 DeForest Road, Wilton, cT

Name:Hillside Cemetery
Location:149 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT

Name:Joe's Hill Cemetery
Location:Wilton-Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT

Name:Morgan-Davis Cemetery
Location:Wilton-Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT

Name:Old Cemetery
Location:Route 7, Wilton, CT

Name:Ruscoe Cemetery
Location:Spring Valley District, Wilton, CT

Name:Sharp Hill Cemetery
Location:4 Sharp Hill Road, Wilton, CT

Name:St. Matthew Episcopal Church Cemetery
Location:244 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT

Name:Zion Hill Cemetery
Location:470 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT
 
Churches (8)
Name:Christian Science Church (203) 762-3809
Website:www.tfccs.com

Name:Hope Church (203) 762-0706
Location:340 Wolfpit Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.hopechurchwilton.org

Name:St. Matthews Episcolpal Church (203) 762-7400
Location:36 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.stmatthewswilton.org

Name:United Covenant Church (203) 834-0644
Location:68 Westport Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.unitedcovenantchurch.org

Name:Wilton Baptish Church (203) 762-2429
Location:254 Danbury Road P.O. Box 585, Wilton CT 06897
Website:www.wiltonbaptish.org

Name:Wilton Congragational Church (203) 762-5591
Location:70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.wiltoncongragational.org

Name:Wilton Presbyterian Church (203) 762-5514
Location:48 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.wiltonpresbyterian.org

Name:Zion's Hill United Methodist Church (203) 762-9463
Location:470 Danbury Road, Wilton, cT 06897
Website:www.zionshillmethodist.org
 
Monuments (0)
No Data Available.
 
Communities (6)
Name:Cannondale

Name:Gilbert Corners

Name:North Wilton

Name:Silvermine (partly in Wilton)

Name:South Wilton

Name:Wilton Center
 
Historical Locations (4)
Name:The Betts-Sturgis-Blackmar House

Name:The Heritage Museum
Location:Danbury Road, Wilton, CT

Name:The Lambert House
Location:Rte 7 Rte 33, Wilton, CT

Name:The Sloan-Raymond-Fitch House
 
Notable Citizens (12)
Name:Bern Dibner (1897-19880 Designed & patented the first solderless electrical connectors
Type:Contemporary

Name:Charles E. Pont (1898-1971) Artist and minister
Type:Contemporary

Name:Dave Brubeck (1920-) Jazz pianist
Type:Contemporary

Name:Ira Levin (1929-2007) American author & dramatist playwright & songwriter
Type:Contemporary

Name:Joe Pantoliano (1951-) Film and televison actor
Type:Contemporary

Name:Johnny Gruelle (2880_1938) Artist political cartoonist & writer, best known for Raggedy Ann
Type:Contemporary

Name:June Havoc (1916-) Actress, dancer, writer & theater director. Sister to Gypsy Rose Lee
Type:Contemporary

Name:Robert "Chance" Browne (1948-) Musician, painter & cartoonist
Type:Contemporary

Name:Robert Sidney Bowen (1900-1977) WWI aviator, newspaper journalist magazine editor & author
Type:Contemporary

Name:Sophie Cabot Black (1958-) Prize winning poet
Type:Contemporary

Name:Sterling Hayden (1916-1986) Actor and author
Type:Contemporary

Name:Steve Phillips (1963-) Former NY Mets general manager & current ESPN baseball analyst
Type:Contemporary
 
Newspapers (2)
Name:Wilton Bulletin - Weekly (203) 438-3395
Type:Contemporary
Location:16 Bailey Ave., Ridgefield, CT 06877
Website:www.mondotimes.com/world/us/7/472/323

Name:Wilton Villager (203) 840-1802
Type:Contemporary
Location:346 Main Street, Norwalk, CT
Website:www.wiltonvillager.com/services/directory/
 
Schools (8)
Name:Cider Mill School 3-5 (203) 762-3351
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:240 School Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.wilton.k12.us/cm

Name:Connecticut Friends School - Private K-8 (203) 762-9860
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:317 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.ctfriendsschool.org

Name:Ina E. Driscoll School K-2 (203) 762-3374
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:336 Belden Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.wilton.k12.us/md

Name:Middlebrook School 6-8 (203) 762-8388
Type:Middle School
Location:131 School Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.wilton-k12.us/mb/

Name:Our Lady of Fatima School - Private Pk-8 (203) 762-8100
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:225 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.olfcatholic.org

Name:The Montessori School - Private Pk-8 (203) 834-0440
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:34 Whipple Road, Wilton, CT 06978
Website:www.themontessorischool.com

Name:Tilford W. Miller School K-2 (203) 762-8678
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:217 Wolfpit Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.wilton.k12.us/md

Name:Wilton High School 9-12 (203) 762-0381
Type:High School
Location:395 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Website:www.wilton.k12.us/whs/
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Wilton Library (203) 762-3950
Type:Current
Location:137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton CT 06897
Website:www.wiltonlibrary.org
 
Published Histories (2)
Name:WILTON VILLAGE: A HISTORY
Author:Hubbard, G. Evens
Date Published:1971
Publisher:Wilton Historical Society

Name:Wilton Parish 1726-1800
Author:Olmstead, Marian
Date Published:1900
Publisher:Marian Olmstead
 
Genealogy Websites (3)
Website Name:Genealinks
Website Address:wwwgenealinks.com/state/ct.htm

Website Name:Geocities
Website Address:www.geocities.com

Website Name:Wilton Library
Website Address:www.wiltonlibrary.org/research/directory/genealogy
 
Historic Timeline (7)
Date:1726
Description:With the approval of both the Proprietors and the Wilton Settlers, a pelition to the General Court in Hartford created Wilton Parish

Date:1726
Description:The first meeting house was built

Date:1738
Description:A second meeting house was build on the corner of Sharp Hill Road, as the first had become too small.

Date:1777
Description:The British had to retreat through Wilton after their invasion of Danbury. Several houses were set afire but none were destroyed.

Date:1790
Description:A third church was built on Ridgefield Road, where it still stands today as the oldest church in Fairfield County

Date:1802
Description:Wilton is granted the right to separate from Norwalk and become it's own town.

Date:1861
Description:During the Civil War, with it's strong anti-slavery sentiment, Wilton became a stop on the Undergound Railroad.
 
Town Historian (2)
Name:Carol M. Russell
Contact Data:15 Hemmelskamp Road
Wilton, CT 06879

Name:Contact the:
Contact Data:Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
(203) 762-7257
Museum and Office is open Mon. - Thur. 10:00 to 4:00 and Sundays 1:00-4:00
Notes:The Historical Society has preserved and restored 17 structures from the 18th and 19th century. This includes the Fitch Homestead which serves as the home for the Historical Society.
 
Vital Records (1)
Birth:21 June 1819 - Present - - Earlier birth, marriage
Marriage:16 Aurust 1820 - Present - - and death records may be
Death:28 January 1915 - Present - - found in Norwalk
 





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