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Author Talk: Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time @ Mill Hill

HOME _____________________________________________________________ =============================================== =============================================== School Days! School days! Dear old golden rule days! School Days: Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time Author Talk: Melinda K. Elliott Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:00pm Purchase Tickets Online General Admission: $5.00 Current Teachers Admission: $3.00 (Must show current school ID when checking in at the door) ~~~ There was a time [...]

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Research Information:

Most of the Norwalk historical archives (paper), maps, unframed photographs, and genealogy can be found in the Norwalk History Room, located at the Norwalk Public Library – Main Branch, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850, 203-899-2780 x-15125,  Please check the Norwalk History Room website for open hours.


Norwalk Historical Society Museum

141 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT

Front entrance accessible only from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Ave., Norwalk, CT.

The Museum is in the red brick house with double blue front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept.

Museum Hours

Special Hours


June 2, 2018



Regular Hours

Wednesday – Saturday, Noon – 4:00pm. Closed on holidays and special events.


Adults: $5, Seniors (age 65+): $3, Student (ages 6-22) – $3, Child under 5 years old – Free!

Gift Shop

Visit the Museum Gift Shop for one-of-a kind hand crafted items by Connecticut artists,

Norwalk Historical Society themed items, books, vintage children’s toys & games

Current Exhibits

* Norwalk Collects: Celebrating Four Historic Collections, curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox
* Norwalk: Portrait of Diversity,  photography by Tony Velez
* Eating off the Landscape: The Farrington-Lockwood Dessert Service, curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox
* Self and the World: Experiencing 19th-Century Photography in Norwalk, curated by Elizabeth Avery and graphic designs by Scott Kuykendall
New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play, curated by Valerie A. Cooper, Picture That Art Consultants
Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970, curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz
*Margaret Hoyt Smith: First Norwalk Female Architect, curated by Lynn Friedman



Little Red Schoolhouse Program


Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street

Norwalk, CT

Bring your group to Mill Hill Historic Park or have us travel to you!

Registration open to all school groups!

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School Days! School days! Dear old golden rule days!

Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time Lecture

Author Talk: Melinda K. Elliott

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Purchase Tickets Online

General Admission: $5.00

Current Teachers Admission: $3.00

(Must show current school ID when checking in at the door)


There was a time when you could walk through Connecticut and find schoolhouses scattered across the landscape every few miles. Schools were literally everywhere: in the road, at the edge of the tobacco field, on top of a rock hill, or next to the meeting house. Each schoolhouse was made for one teacher to “keep school” for all the neighborhood children. Now in the 21st century, schooling has changed but these now forgotten one-room schools can still be seen. Author Melinda K. Elliott will uncover the stories of the numerous renovated and restored schoolhouses that still dot our state, including Norwalk’s very own Downtown District School at Mill Hill Historic Park.


Ms. Elliott will be selling and signing copies of her new book, “Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time”.


A  tour of the Downtown District School (1835), Norwalk’s one-room schoolhouse (aka “The Little Red Schoolhouse”) and a lesson with the schoolmarm will follow the lecture.


Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

Limited parking onsite.

Follow signs for overflow parking across the street.


About Melinda K. Elliott

Melinda K. Elliott, who lives in Southbury, Connecticut, first became interested in one-room schoolhouses from her mother’s exciting stories of school-room adventures. Melinda is involved in several historical endeavors, including being a director and docent of an 18th century brick schoolhouse. She enjoys historical research and sharing her latest finds through the historical society newsletter, brochures, panel displays, blogs, and a children’s book on local history. Melinda and her husband have three children, all living nearby, and several grandchildren to spoil. They enjoy road trips and are always on the lookout for old grist mills and one-room schoolhouses.





Norwalk Work Progress Administration (WPA)

Mural Tours

The City of Norwalk has one of the largest collections of restored Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals in the country.  Artists employed by the government during the Great Depression created 46 murals in Norwalk; 31 are at Norwalk City Hall. Many of the Norwalk City Hall murals depict scenes of Norwalk at work between 1935 and 1941.

To schedule a group tour at Norwalk City Hall: or 203-846-0525

Norwalk Self Guided WPA Mural Tour Brochure Click Here


Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT  06851, 203-854-7900


In partnership with the Norwalk Arts Commission

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See, hear, explore 60 points of interest around town

The Norwalk Arts Commission invites the public to download a new free mobile audio guide featuring 60 points of interest around Norwalk using the Otocast app

According to Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, “Cultural tourism is a growing segment of our economy and we want visitors to enjoy themselves when they come to Norwalk. These self-guided tours provide a free and easy way to enjoy Norwalk’s many attractions. I am certain that everyone who tries the tours will find them to be fun and interesting.” Besides the Arts Commission, the mobile audio guide received support from the Department of Parks and Recreation, Norwalk Public Library, the Redevelopment Agency, the Parking Authority, and the Historical Commission.


For information contact: Elizabeth Stocker (203) 854-7948



Mill Hill Historic Park

Mill Hill Historic Park2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

1835 Town House (Meeting House), 1826 Schoolhouse (Little Red Schoolhouse), 1740 Governor Fitch Law Office, Mill Hill Cemetery (3rd oldest in Norwalk) and Colonial Herb Garden.


Mill Hill Historic Park outside grounds open April – December, 7am to Sunset

Building Group tour (minimum 6 people) by appointment only .   Fee – $5/person.

Current Exhibits


Norwalk Riverside Cemetery Civil War Soldier Monument


Help Us Restore “Chester”…

…Back to his Pedestal

All donations to the restoration project are greatly appreciated. Please make check payable to: “Norwalk Historical Society” in memo section specify “Civil War Statue”.  Mail to: P.O. Box 1640, Norwalk, CT  06852

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One hundred fifty years ago, in the summer of 1862, President Lincoln faced the specter of defeat. When Lincoln called for volunteers, a thousand men from Fairfield County enlisted in the 17th Connecticut to save the Union.