The town’s “centerpiece” is 225 years old — a dozen years older than the incorporation of Wilton itself.
The Wilton Congregational Church is the oldest meeting house still in use in Fairfield County and one of the 12 oldest in Connecticut.
The congregation at the historic Wilton Congregational Church has been celebrating the 225th anniversary of the church’s sanctuary on Ridgefield Road this year. In the early 18th Century, a group of settlers moved north from Norwalk and petitioned to establish a new church in the parish of Wilton.
“The first building was built in 1726 on Wolfpit Road near the railroad tracks and Norwalk River,” said Bill Follett, head of the Wilton Congregational Church Buildings and Grounds Committee, whose family joined the church in 2002.
“Two decades later, as the congregation grew, they built a new church at Sharp Hill and Danbury roads, where Sharp Hill Cemetery is today.”
WIth the northward spread of the town and arrival of new settlers, a third and final sanctuary was constructed in 1790 at its current 70 Ridgefield Road location, which once served as the town’s central meeting house.