Wilton, Connecticut is comprised of 26.8 square miles, 55 miles
from Manhattan. Settled in the early eighteenth century, and
incorporated as a town in 1802, this once sleepy farming
community is today an extremely desirable suburb and home to
approximately 16,000 people. Many are commuters, who work in New
York, Stamford, White Plains and other nearby cities. Those who
take the train into Manhattan have the advantage of being able
to park at the Wilton Main and Cannondale stations without
paying for a special permit.
The four designated historic districts of
Wilton feature superb examples of early American architecture,
and the town historical society vigilantly fights to protect the
remaining examples of Wilton’s proud heritage. The majority of
homes are zoned for one or two acre lots, although there are
condominium and apartment complexes. Small shopping malls, which
are confined to limited areas, allow residents local access to
everything from designer clothing to Hollywood’s latest
offerings, and numerous corporate offices along the bustling
Route 7 add to the tax base.
Rolling, wooded hills crisscrossed by
centuries-old stone walls and scenic ponds and a thriving local
economy are the hallmark of Wilton, Connecticut. It is New
England at its most picturesque.
Wilton has two schools serving kindergarten through second
grade, a 3-4-5 school, one middle school and one high school.
There are currently just over 4,100 children in the Wilton
Public School system.
Miller School and Driscoll School serve
children through second grade. While each has its own principal
and administrative staff, they are physically connected by the
schools offices and library. There are approximately 1000
students in both schools, with between seven and eight sections
per grade. These schools pride themselves on providing for
special needs children as well as the gifted.
Cider Miller School serves children in third,
fourth and fifth grades. There are 20-22 children per class.
Middle Brook Middle School houses grades six
through eight. The curriculum covers languages, science,
mathematics, social studies, computer and art. There is a
program for gifted students as well.
Wilton High School allows gifted students to
choose from eleven advanced placement classes in English,
mathematics, science, social studies, foreign languages and art.
An acclaimed language program offers French, Spanish, German,
Russian and Latin. Over the past five years, more than 91% of
Wilton High graduates have continued on to higher education.
Whether it’s the wealth of activities provided by the Wilton
Family Y, with its numerous indoor and outdoor pools, full gym
and fitness center and playing fields, or the perennial family
favorite, Merwin Meadows Park, with its spring-fed swimming
pond, picnic facilities and playground, Wilton has something for
everyone. It even has Connecticut’s only national park, Weir
Farm. The sixty-acre estate of American Impressionist painter J.
Alden Weir, is open year-round. Visitors come to see the
artist’s studio and home as well as hike the miles of walking
trails. The Woodcock Nature Center, another destination for
those who appreciate the outdoors, is a preserve offering
educational classes and activities. During the summer, children
from 4-10 years old may attend summer camp here.
Equestrians and golfers in Wilton and the
surrounding towns are partial to the Wilton Riding Club and the
Rolling Hills Country Club. And tennis enthusiasts can use the
courts in the athletic complex by Middlebrook School or the town
courts by the high school or those at the private Four Seasons
Racquet Club, which also has a seasonal swimming pool.
There are eight recreational parks in Wilton:
Bradley, (83 acres), Cherry Lane (50 acres), Horseshoe (6
acres), Quarry Head (32 acres) Schenck’s Island (13 acres), Town
Forest (188 acres), Wild Duck Preserve (16 acres) and Weir Farm.
Wilton Library is one of the town’s primary cultural resources.
Not only does its catalogue exceed 120,000 volumes of books,
tapes and periodicals, but it also organizes monthly trips to
New York theaters and museums. Additionally, the Library
sponsors on-site literary seminars, art exhibits, classes,
slideshows and more. On pleasant summer evenings, the sound of
jazz can be heard coming from Merwin Meadows Park. And for over
sixty years, the Wilton Playshop, distinguished as one of the
longest continually running community theaters, has helped
emerging directors and playwrights bring their works to the