Every day, whether by foot, bike, or car, we use roads. These roads we’ve come to know become mentally etched into our minds through repeated travel. While they become common over time, our roads’ names bear great significance.
Over time, we start associating those different names with the various kinds of roads — bumpy, hilly, curvy, straight, and so on. In fact, the names are so inherently attached to the roads that it’s easy to lose sight of how they first were named.
For instance, Hurlbutt Street is notoriously known for the Hurlbutt schoolhouse (now a historic site). However, the street was originally named after the prominent Hurlbutt family of Wilton. The name replaced its predecessor, Hurlbutt Hole, around 1853.
One of the oldest roads, Olmstead Hill, has origins that predate the birth of our nation. The Olmsteads have been large landowners in Wilton since 1738.
Even to this day, some of them reside here on land owned for nine generations. Wealthy newcomers officially renamed the road in the 1880s.
Millstone Road also has an old name. A granite quarry on Millstone Hill was exploited various times, and some of its produced rock was used when the Brooklyn Bridge was built.
Each road has its own mini narrative as to how it came to be. Next time you find yourself passing by a road sign, contemplate the history.