Wilton Historical Society hosts Family Day

The Wilton Historical Society invites the community to learn about life in colonial America during Family Day, a free open house, on Saturday, May 18, from 11 to 4.

There will be demonstrations and hands-on activities including candle dipping, weaving and flax breaking. Visitors may learn how barns were built and be among the first to see the society’s new miniature replica of the Abbott Barn, which guests will be able to take apart and put back together to reenact a barn raising.

Popcorn popping, corn churning, and ice shaving — to make sno-cones — will also be available.

A membership table will be available for anyone who would like to join the historical society.

Family Day is an extension of the popular fourth grade program which will take place May 14-17. During these four days students from Cider Mill School will participate in activities to teach them about life in colonial America.

“Many students who visit during the week enjoy returning to the historical society on Family Day with their families to teach them about what they learned,” said Leslie Nolan, director of the Wilton Historical Society.

The Wilton Historical Society, established in 1938, is dedicated to preserving the history and character of Wilton. It has preserved 17 buildings from the 18th and 19th Centuries, including five buildings on the society’s site that make up the museum. Its toy, tool, and train collections are some of the finest in the state.

Information: wiltonhistorical.org.