Welcome to Wilton
A beautiful suburb with a country feel, Wilton, Connecticut is rich with both history and greenery. Residents love the sprawling, open land just an hour northeast of New York City and twenty minutes from the Long Island Sound.
Wilton was first recognized as a parish in 1726 and has expanded in the centuries following, transforming from a colonial farming town to a thriving Connecticut suburb. Notably, Wilton residents strongly opposed slavery during the 19th century, with the town serving as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Keeping with the town’s rich history, many of today’s homes were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Most houses stand on substantial lots, and historic Colonials are plentiful. There are also condominium options near the town center.
What to Love
- Beautifully restored historic homes
- Close-knit community feel
- Winding country roads
- Fantastic schools
People & Lifestyle
Wilton is a suburban town that feels rural due to its sprawling acreage and windy roads. It’s not the most walkable location, but there are plenty of things to do that are accessible by car (or school bus for the kids). Residents enjoy spending time at the local YMCA or appreciating nature at the various parks, and many belong to the Rolling Hills Country Club.
Families with young children love Wilton because of the town’s fantastic public school system; its schools are regularly recognized as “Schools of Distinction” and standardized test scores are high. The area is also popular with New York City commuters since there is a Metro-North station located conveniently nearby.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Wilton boasts a thriving town center with fun restaurants and boutiques, including a grocery store, Starbucks, and movie theater. Residents can also stop by community staples like a library and village market for all of their needs!
Right downtown, the Village Shopping Center offers ample shopping opportunities with several women’s clothing boutiques nearby and the Tusk & Cup
coffee shop just across the street.
Stop by the Little Pub
for casual food and craft beer with friends or enjoy pizza and wine at Bianco Rosso
. Residents love happy hour at Cactus Rose Restaurant & Tequila Bar
, while Orem’s Diner
is a local fixture serving all of your American favorites in a classic diner.
Things to Do
There are plenty of things to do in historic and picturesque Wilton. Several landmarks are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Cannondale Historic District, the Wilton Center Historic District, and the David Lambert House.
Many Wilton residents enjoy belonging to one of the clubs or civic organizations the town has to offer; there are plenty of opportunities to join, including the Kiwanis Club, a land conservation trust, and even Girl and Boy Scouts for the kids. The town hosts annual events such as Ambler Farm Day
, a fall festival with hayrides, Jazz in the Garden
at Weir Farm, and various farmers’ markets.
Wilton is home to many parks, including Merwin Meadows
, a community park featuring a swimming pond, a beach, a playground, and an athletic field. There are also plenty of places to grill with your family and friends. As well, residents can hike along the trails at Schenck’s Island
. Perhaps most stunning of all, the nonprofit Woodcock Nature Center
sprawls across 179 acres of state-protected land and offers educational programs.
The public school system in Wilton is quite renowned, attracting families with young children. Students progress through two elementary schools, a middle school, and finish their education at Wilton High School, which offers many accelerated classes. Nearby private school opportunities include:
- Connecticut Friends School, PK, uses Quaker values
- The Montessori School, PK-6
- Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy, PK-8, Catholic school