224 Danbury Road

Wilton, CT 06897


Hours: Tues - Sat 10-4


Changing Times: Hand Tools Before the Industrial Revolution: Connecticut Tools of the Trades from the Walter R.T. Smith Collection

Exhibition Opening Reception-

Thursday, April 24, 4-7pm

Mounted on the walls of the Burt Barn Gallery, the setting compliments the sculptural appearance of the old tools. They have an almost folk-art quality, with their worn wood and rather eccentric shapes. The machines that supplanted them in the Industrial Revolution would never have the soul of these antique implements.


The exhibition will continue through

October 4, 2014.

Tavern Signs & Paintings,

Heidi Howard, Maker & Painter

Exhibition Opening Reception- Thursday, April 24, 4-7pm

In the Sloan House Gallery, the Wilton Historical Society presents an exhibition of paintings by Heidi Howard. The intimate space allows a close view of the works, contemporary interpretations of 18th and 19th century trade and tavern signs crafted from hand-planed 100 to 200 year-old boards, and on view for the first time.


The exhibition will continue through

July 5, 2014.



The Great Letterboxing History Hunt

Running Saturday, May 3 until the Concluding Celebration,

Sunday, May 18, 4-5!

Eight Fairfield County historical organizations have banded together to create the Great Letterboxing History Hunt. The event begins on May 3 and ends on May 18 with a festive family get-together at the Wilton Historical Society. Letterboxing, which originated on the moors of Dartmoor, England in the 1850's, is an outdoor walking or hiking activity that combines elements of orienteering, stamp art, and puzzle-solving in a treasure-hunt style quest. This is a wonderful family activity, offering chance to learn about reading maps, following clues, and local history. Stay tuned for more information!

Upcoming Events, April/May 2014

  • Opening Reception in the Burt Barn Gallery, Thursday, April 24, 4-7pm
  • Breakfast at Betts, Friday, April 25, 8-11am
  • Barn Raising Day, Saturday, May 3, 11-4pm
  • Robert H. Steele on "The Curse: Big Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town", Sunday, May 4, 4-5pm
  • Annual 4th Grade Educational Field Trip, Tuesday-Friday, May 3-16
  • The Great Letterboxing History Hunt Party, Sunday, May 18, 4-5pm
  • Field Trip to the Mill Museum with Jamie Eves, Friday, May 30 
  • Christine Dartley Memoriam Fund Embroidery Workshop, Saturday, May 31, 2-4pm
  • Booked for Lunch, discussing "Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin" by Jill Lepore, Tuesday, June 10, 12-1:30pm



Welcome to the Wilton Historical Society, located in Wilton, Connecticut. Established in 1938, the Society is dedicated to preserving the history and character of Wilton, with an exciting schedule of exhibitions, programs, and preservation that draws visitors from throughout New England and New York.

The Society's preservation of 17 historic buildings, its programs and exhibitions, and permanent collections, make us a special destination. Please browse our Web site to learn more about our mission and our activities.