224 Danbury Road

Wilton, CT 06897

203-762-7257

Hours: Tue-Sat 10-4
www.wiltonhistorical.org

Current Exhibit: 
Hickory, Ash & Reed: Traditional Baskets, Contemporary Makers

 

On view through October 15, Hickory, Ash & Reed: Traditional Baskets, Contemporary Makers showcases the work of contemporary basket makers Jonathan Kline, Stephen Zeh, Lois Russell, Kari Lonning, and Marion Hildebrandt and contrasts them with historic baskets from the Society’s permanent collection.  The work of these artists is grounded in the use of natural materials, including brown ash, black ash, hickory, willow and reed. Contemporary Nantucket baskets will be shown as well.


                             
 

Walking Tour of Historic District #1, Lambert Corner


Former First Selectman and Wilton Historian Bob Russell 

to Lead Tour


Saturday, October 15

11:00 – 12:00, at the Wilton Historical Society


Join former First Selectman and Wilton historian Bob Russell on a walking tour of the Wilton Historical Society’s preserved buildings at Lambert Corner. To be held on Saturday, October 15 at 11:00, the hour-long guided tour of includes Lambert House, formerly known as “Lilacstead”, which was built on the site c.1726, and eight other buildings moved there in order to preserve them. They are the Lambert Cottage, Kent District School, Hurlbutt Street Country Store and Post Office, Wilton Railroad Station, Davenport Barn, Cannon Family General Store, 18th-century Cannon Family Corn Crib and the not-to-be-missed George Davenport Greek Revival Privy.  The entire site comprises Wilton’s Historic District #1.  The group will set out from the porch of the Historical Christmas Barn.


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Help Burn the Cannon Corner Mortgage!

Help the Society retire its remaining mortgage on the historic Cannon Corner property!

 

Located by the Cannondale Historic District, at the corner of Olmstead Hill Road and Route 7,  the small complex is a shining example of the beauties of preservation and adaptive reuse.  A 19th –century barn, blacksmith shop and run-down garage have been renovated and repurposed. Wilton is enhanced with an attractive and thriving mixed use site which accommodates an antiques shop, woodworking business, office suite and residential apartment.  

 

All contributions will be recognized on a plaque to be placed in the foyer of the Betts House at the Society’s Museum Complex .  Thank you for supporting our mission to preserve Wilton’s architectural heritage.


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Pumpkins galore!

 

 Just arrived!

Huge selection!

 On sale through 

October 31

Pumpkin Sale

On the Lawn

Benefits 
The Kiwanis Club

Demonstration of Contemporary Nantucket-style Basket-making

By Gail Halvorsen, Basket Artist

Luncheon and Q & A to follow

Friday, September 9   12:30 - 2:00 at the Wilton Historical Society

of Contemporary Nantucket-style Basket-making

By Gail Halvorsen, Basket Artist

Luncheon and Q & A to follow

Friday, September 9   12:30 - 2:00 at the Wilton Historical Society

Demonstration of Contemporary Nantucket-style Basket-making 
By Gail Halvorsen, Basket Artist
Luncheon and Q & A to follow
Friday, September 9   12:30 - 2:00 at the Wilton Historical Society
Demonstration of Contemporary Nantucket-style Basket-making 
By Gail Halvorsen, Basket Artist
Luncheon and Q & A to follow
Friday, September 9   12:30 - 2:00 at the Wilton Historical Society


Fabric Stenciling Workshop for Kids --


Making cotton flour sack dishtowels


Saturday, October 1


    11:00 – 12:30 at the Wilton Historical Society


Things That Go Bump in the Night . . . 

Ghost Night


For kids ages 8 – 12


Saturday, October 15   

6:30 – 8:00,  

at the Wilton Historical Society


Co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club

When night settles on creaky old buildings during the scariest time of the year, you never know what you may bump into . . . !  


During a candlelight walk through the dimly lit period rooms, and up and down groaning stairs of the 1740 Betts House and the 1772 Fitch House, kids will hear stories of the families who lived there.  They will wend their way to the Burt Barn, where deep in the darkest chamber they will hear classic scary Halloween stories told in the dark.  The evening will conclude with games, cider and donuts. Halloween costumes are optional.


New this year – parents may drop their kids off, but they are invited to linger enjoy a glass of hard cider while waiting.


Registration required.  Members: $15 per child; maximum $25 per family.  Non-members: $25 per child, maximum $35 per family.  To reserve: e-mail info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.


BYOP! (Bring Your Own Pumpkin!)


Carve and Decorate a Grinning Halloween Pumpkin

With the Kiwanis Club


Saturday, October 15   
11:00 – 12:30

And

Wednesday, October 19  

3:30 – 4:30  


Avoid the mess at home! Come to the “BYOP” (Bring Your Own Pumpkin!) event.  Join Kiwanis volunteers and Museum Educator Lola Chen in the 1860 Abbott Barn at the Wilton Historical Society for a fun Halloween pumpkin carving and decorating session for children and their adults.  Pumpkins available for purchase on-site from the Kiwanis Club or participants can bring their own pumpkin. The Wilton Historical Society will supply carving tools, craft materials, cider and cookies! 


Suggested for ages 8 and up.  Not a drop off program. $5.00 for members, $10 non-members.   Please register by email info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257