The town of Wilton is located in Fairfield County in the southwestern portion of the state known as the Norwalk River Valley. In 1802 the General Assembly declared Wilton a separate township from Norwalk. In 1777 the Revolutionary War made its mark on the town when the British set fire to several homes after they retreated from their raid on Danbury. The early years of the Industrial era mostly bypassed the small farming community and it would not be until later that light industry appeared in the town. Today, the town is a mix of 18th- and 19th-century homes and small subdivisions. Careful zoning laws adopted in the 20th century help the town retain its present-day rural charm.
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Western Connecticut Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. “SONO Switch Tower Museum,” 2016. Link.
U.S. National Park Service. “Weir Farm National Historic Site,” 2016. Link.
“Wilton Historical Society,” 2016. Link.
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“Map - Town of Wilton, Fairfield Co., Conn. (Petersen Collection).” Wilton, CT, ca. 1850s. University of Connecticut Libraries - Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
Vassos, John. “Map of Silvermine, Connecticut.” Bird’s-eye. Connecticut, 1945. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Link.
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Wilton Historical Society, and Robert Russell. Wilton, Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress. Wilton, CT: Wilton Historical Society, 2004.