Wilton, Connecticut straddles the quick flowing Norwalk River, which is full of trout and is part of Fairfield County, one of the most affluent counties in the United States.
In 2007, CNN Money voted the town as one its “Best Places to Live” in the United States.
Officially recognized as a parish in 1726, Wilton was granted separated town government in 1802. In the early years Wilton was a farming community with dairy farms, horses and crops such as onions and grain. Shortly after, small manufacturing companies arose producing farm tools, metal fabrications and wire. The last major manufacturing facility, The Gilbert & Bennett Manufacturing Company closed in 1998.
Today Wilton is a town of 17,663, and with a cost of living of 139.6 against the average of 100 in the US. 70.7% of the populace holds a Bachelors Degree and 33.5% hold an advanced degree.
Today, Wilton is a busy, growing community with open lands, historic architecture and lots of services for its residents.
The town is served by Route 7, a major North/South Road which leads to Norwalk as well as Route 95 which is a Freeway, and Route 33 North to Ridgefield and Route 106 West to New Canaan and East to Weston. There are two railroad stations in town which provide service to New York City in about one hour and twenty minutes.
There are two major shopping centers with super markets and satellite stores, a four screen movie theatre, The Village Market, the famous Orem’s Diner, and several rated restaurants.
In short, Wilton, with its New England charm, also provides the services expected in a modern town. The school system is one of the best in the State of Connecticut which has the best in the nation. There are two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school all of which feature accelerated classes for gifted students, music and visual arts courses and a large resource center. The town has 4,151 students and classes sizes range from around 20 for the elementary schools to 25 in High School. 91% of Wilton High School students have gone to colleges and universities and the mean SAT scores are 584 verbal and 598 math. The High School has an innovative language program which encourages foreign language studies, including French, German, Spanish, Russian and Latin and Wilton is one of the only towns in the country that still offers Classical Greek. Now that is unusual.
Wilton prides itself on its sports programs. The teams have won several state titles and Wilton is the home of Kristine Lilly of the USA Olympic Soccer Team. There are two golf courses, tennis courts, running track and many many playing fields. The open spaces have hiking trails and nature preserves.
Wilton is a highly organized, highly participative community where residents get together to help each other and the community. Education and knowledge is important in town where the Wilton Library is rated one of the best in the state and was recently rebuilt from the ground up.
Close to sophisticated shopping in Westport and New York City, Wilton has managed to keep its New England charm while providing state of the art convenience. Wilton has community parks for swimming: Merwin Meadows has a swimming pond, playground and picnic area, and Kiwanis Park, run by the YMCA, has a beachy pond and wading pool. Other parks offer scenic trails and fishing. There are public tennis courts galore, private tennis clubs, and a private golf club. Elementary Schools (Grades K-5) Driscoll School (Grades K-2) 336 Belden Hill Road 203-762-3374 Miller School (Grades K-2) 217 Wolfpit Road 203-762-8678 Cider Mill School (Grades 3, 4 & 5) 240 School Road 203-762-3351 Middle Schools (Grades 5-8) Middlebrook School (Grades 6-8) 131 School Road 203-762-8388 High School (Grade 9-12) Wilton High School (Grades 9-12) 395 Danbury Road 203-762-0381 Schools – Private Linden Hill School (PreK-5) 49 New Street 203-544-9963 Our Lady of Fatima (PreK-8) 229 Danbury Road 203-762-810 Friends School (PreK-6) 317 New Canaan Road 203-761-7933
Wilton's wonderful community recreational parks Bradley Park (near us and lots of trails!) 86 acres of trails, boardwalk and wetlands on Oak Ledge Lane or Graenest Ridge Cherry Lane Park off both Cherry Lane and Banks Drive, 50 acres, trails, a pond and picnicking. Merwin Meadows The only town-owned community swimming spot. It is a spring-fed fresh water beach pond located on the charmingly named Lovers Lane. Even has a diving board, large playground, picnic area, and lifeguards! The stream running into it is great for catching polliwogs! WEIR FARM National Park Quarry Head 32 acres, trails, old quarry and overlook. Horseshoe Park 6 acres of trails, a pond on Horseshoe Road near town. Sad, the town wants to let it fill in….
Schenck’s Island 13 acres of trails, picnicking and a river located on River Road. Nice to walk your dog… Wilton Town Forest Boas Lane and Branch Brook Road, 188 acres of walking, bridle trails and camping. Wild Duck Reserve 16 acres, trails and nature study. Woodcock Nature Center 146 acres through Wilton and Ridgefield, exhibits, nature store, educational and recreational programs. Run great fun programs for the kids and the community!