The Wilton Arms in Wilton, CT is the oldest rental apartment building in Wilton.
When the soldiers came home from the war after World War II, the town needed a place to house all of these young men and women coming home. It has been said that Wilton answered the need with a fabulously enormous building. It sat atop a hill in town, overlooking the town center. A beautiful, large white apartment building was built for all of the returning men and women and their spouses to call home.
Today, it is still an apartment building, and rooms are still for rent there. The Wilton Community Nursery School is located next door to it, the Post Office is on the other side, and Center School (now an office building) is across the way. Hubbard Road runs through that now. All of that area used to be lawns fields from the Nursery School down to Center School - my kids even used to sled down the hill from the nursery school building to Center School. Much has changed, most of it for the better, but it's still sad to see the fields in the center of town go .....
The town in the late 1940s and 1950s was primarily a farming town, and Georgetown, to the north, was a major wire mill town. During the 1950s, there was a lot of housing development for the ever burgeoning young families who found the area attractive. Ranches were the most popular style of home built in the area at that time. In the 1970s and 1980s, the colonial home became popular.
There are some places in town for folks to rent - Wilton Arms, Ogden House, Avalon Springs, and then various individual spots here and there ...
Wilton is located in lower Fairfield County, surrounded by New Canaan, Ridgefield, Redding, Weston, Westport and Norwalk. The Long Island Sound is 10 miles away, so a lot of folks enjoy the beaches and boating. New York City is 30 miles away, and hour's drive or train ride, Philadelphia is a 2 hours drive, and Boston is a 3 hour drive away.
The Wilton Arms in Wilton, CT
The most recent ranking of the nation’s high schools published by U.S. News & World Report distinguished Connecticut with 11 gold medal schools, 24 silver medal schools, and 4 bronze medal schools. Of the top 10 best high schools listed, half were in the 26th district. Weston, Ridgefield, Wilton, Joel Barlow, Darien, New Canaan, and Staples High School were recognized.
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