Trains pull into historical society for the holidays

Dressed for the holidays, Wilton Historical Society’s 18th- and 19th-Century buildings at 224 Danbury Road are transformed into a train-lover’s delight as the Great Trains Holiday Exhibit opens on Friday, Nov. 25, from noon to 4. With eight different train layouts winding through tiny towns with many different kinds of buildings, tunnels and two working Ferris wheels,  the interactive display enchants visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable “train engineers” on hand to “talk trains.”

In a special train room for the youngest guests, there are buttons galore plus Thomas the Tank Engine and a Brio set for hands-on fun.

Opening weekend features two free events.

Friday features a program for children and book signing from 1 to 2 with Brian Floca, Caldecott-winning author of Locomotive. Books will be available for purchase at the society’s Betts Store.

Visitors are invited to join Tom Hooker Hanford as he performs Fiddle Dee Dee: Children's Folk Songs of Old New England, from 1 to 2 on Saturday, Nov. 26. The program includes singing games, ballads, comical ditties, rounds and sea shanteys, all with music, storytelling, and Hanford’s colorful painted masks.

In addition to singing with Hanford, children may paint a wooden train engine ornament from 11 to 1. There is a fee of $5 per member child, $15 per family; for non-members, $10 per child, $30 per family.

The Great Trains Holiday Exhibit will run through Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Hours on Wednesdays through Saturdays are 10-4; Sundays, noon to 4. Admission is free for adult members, $10 for non-member adults. Children are admitted free.