The first written records of the area now known as Wilton date back to 1640 when Roger Ludlow and friends purchased land from native tribes between the Norwalk and Saugatuck rivers, which were separated by “a day’s walk in the country”, hence the name of the town being derived from that colloquial distance descriptive.
The first settlers in the area, known as Proprietors, arrived in 1651 and owned 50, 000 acres in common. By the end of the 17th century, Proprietors began selling off land for settlement. Families who bought the land had no church of their own, but were still required to attend church in Norwalk. When demand for land grew, Proprietors realized the land would be more valuable if families didn’t have to travel that distance every Sunday. In 1726, Wilton Parish was formed, organizing as an ecclesastical society as well as local government. A first meeting house was built that year, and in 1790, a permanent church was erected, which still stands there to this day. In 1802, Wilton was granted separate town and government status from Norwalk.
Wilton was part of the Underground Railroad network, whereby negro slaves could escape to non-slavery free states.
It was a tee-total ‘dry town’ until 1993 when the sale of alcohol was permitted in restaurants. In 2009, the local council approved the opening of liquor stores, which opened in 2010.
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