Wilton & Weston, Connecticut
This area of the Norwalk River Valley features great natural beauty and plenty of recreational opportunities. Devil's Den Nature Preserve with its historical features, gorges and over 20 miles of hiking trails situated on over 1,720 acres is a popular area attraction. Nearby, the Katharine Ordway Preserve offers an additional 62 acres with hiking trails and arboretum.
The Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut's only National Park, is situated on the rural Wilton/Ridgefield border. Once the summer home of American Impressionist J. Alden Weir, the farm inspired subject matter for Weir and his friends Childe Hassam, John Twachtman and Albert Pinkham Ryder. Off Route 7, Cannon Crossing, restored by actress June Havoc, has charming shops and a restaurant by the river. Wilton Historical Society's Heritage Museum and newly restored Betts-Sturges-Blackmar House are great to visit along with the Society's top quality antiques and craft shows.
Located in historic Fairfield County, Wilton is north of the City of Norwalk, west of the town of Weston, and east of the Town of New Canaan. Wilton's 16,659 residents live in an area of 26.8 square miles. The town was incorporated in 1802 and has survived the interim 195 years with much of it's small town charm intact. Wilton Center with it's gazebo and town green is where you can see the occasional concert, awards ceremony, dedication, plant sale or craft show presented by the town government or by one of the town's many service organizations. There is a large artist population and the town is rich with cultural activities from live theatre and concerts to art and craft shows.
Weston is much more of a bedroom community with a population of some 8,800 residents. Most shopping opportunities are outside of town although there is one small shopping center for conveniences. There are no condominiums, apartment houses or corporate offices. Weston is known for its purchase of conservation restrictions. Almost one quarter of the town is permanently devoted to open space use. Weston is the way it is because of its history, and the Weston Historical Society on Weston Road serves as a signpost greeting visitors arriving by way of the Merritt Parkway. Weston's school system and facilities are among the finest in the nation.
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