Historical society marks historic homes

A survey in 1989 documented approximately 300 homes of historical and architectural significance in Wilton. Many of them can be recognized by a medallion issued by the Wilton Historical Society, which indicates the name of the original owner and the date the house was built.

Over the years the medallion program lapsed, but the historical society re-introduced it with a newly designed bronze marker that pictures Lambert House, the first historic house owned by the society and now a part of its Lambert Crossing complex at the intersection of Routes 7 and 33.

The survey, known as the Wilton Cultural Resources Survey, was conducted by an architectural historian with the support of the Wilton Historical Society and the Connecticut Historical Commission. Homeowners whose houses were surveyed are eligible for the society’s Historical Marker Program.

“About 140 historic properties in town have markers,” said Randy Hatch, chair of the society’s marker committee, “and we invite all who have a house on the survey to celebrate their part in Wilton’s heritage by placing a marker on their house. There are some houses that once had a marker but it’s been misplaced or damaged over the years or even kept by a former owner as a memento.”

Mr. Hatch said there may be as many as 100 more properties that need to be researched and recorded.

“If you think you live in a historic house, can document it or would like to know how to research it, our archivist, Scotty Taylor will be happy to discuss it with you. Stop by the Wilton Historical Society to see a sample marker and find out how to have one for your home.”

The 1989 survey, with the address, style, and date of each historic house may be found online at wiltonhistorical.org. (Click on About Us and select Architectural Survey.)

For information about how to purchase a marker, call 203-762-7257.

The Wilton Historical Society is at 224 Danbury Road.