Independence Day Celebration @ Mill Hill

by admin on August 16, 2014




Independence Day Celebration!

Revolutionary War Encampment


“Let Freedom Ring!” National Bell Ringing Ceremony


Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Admission is free and open to the public

From 1:00pm – 4:00pm, learn about the life of the African American soldiers during the American Revolution. Reenactors from the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution will bring to life soldiers from the Marbleheaders and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot. They will create an historical encampment filled with Revolutionary War artifacts and props. Telling the stories of the impact these soldiers made on the Revolution, as well as tales of important historical figures will be woven into demonstrations of military drills, weapons of the period, and an interactive live firing of a cannon.

At 1:30pm, join the Norwalk Historical Society and the nation as we toll the Town House bell 13 times to commemorate the founding of the original 13 colonies. Selected sections of the Declaration of Independence will be read by Norwalk’s Town Clerk, Rick McQuaid. Mayor Harry Rilling, Senator Bob Duff ,as well as other local dignitaries will take part in this wonderful patriotic ceremony!

About the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution

Portraying the Historical Regiments of African Heritage in America’s Wars of Independence- American War Revolution – 1776, and the The War of 1812-1815- featuring 1st Rhode Island Regiment, The Black Mariners of Col. Glovers Marbleheaders, Les Chasseures Voluntaire, Blackjacks of the War of 1812.

Light Refreshments will follow


Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

Limited parking onsite.

Follow signs for overflow parking across the street.


Summer Tea with Abigail Adams

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Have tea with a former first lady, Abigail Adams!

Abigail Adams (1744-1818) was an American first lady (1797-1801), the wife of John Adams, the second president of the United States, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.


Abigail Adams reenactor Carol Bielefeld will delight with a lively performance about history’s most fascinating first lady while guests enjoy a unique summer tea party.


This summer party will feature a variety of iced teas, including iced Liberty Tea, scones, tea sandwiches and sweets along with some Colonial themed surprises!

Delightful gift baskets will be raffled.


Limited tickets available!

Tickets: $40.00 until July 9 and $45.00 after July 9 and at the door (if available).   Purchase tickets at online to guarantee your seat.


Thank you to our Sponsors!

Forever Sweet



Party City

Penny Ha’Penny

Pepperidge Farm

Rafael Cakes & Sugar

Sono Baking Company



About Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams was Miss Adorable to her husband, John Adams, the second President of the United States. He was away much of their married life as Abigail managed the farm, raised their four children, ran a business, bought land and invested money. In the midst of this, she wrote more than 1,600 letters that described her life and times in a newsy and often tender, emotional way. Her famous “Remember the Ladies” directive to her husband highlights her early push for equal rights for women under the law. Amidst a summer tea featuring refreshing iced tea and scrumptious fare, Abigail Adams – Wife, Mother, Patriot & Witness to a Revolution – will come to life!


Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

PARKING Information

Handicapped:  Limited on site parking available.

General Parking:  Follow signs for parking across the street.


Norwalk Historical Society Museum

141 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT
Front entrance accessible only from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT
The Museum is in the red brick house with double blue front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department

Museum Hours

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 y ears 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 Historical Society Museum – 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

(Entrance from the Norwalk City Hall parking area, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk. Located next to the Norwalk Health Dept. in the red brick house with double blue front doors.)

* 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: Norwalk’s First Female Architect, curated by Lynn Friedman


Mill Hill Historic Park – 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

Located on top of Mill Hill overlooking the head of the Norwalk Harbor.  Contains the 1835 Town House (Meeting House), 1826 Downtown District Schoolhouse (Little Red Schoolhouse), c.1740 Governor Fitch Law Office, Mill Hill cemetery (3rd oldest in Norwalk) and a Colonial Herb garden.

Current Exhibits

Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art, curated by Sophia Gevas

Mill Hill Historic Park Hours

The grounds are open year round Sunrise to Sunset.

The Mill Hill buildings are open during special events and by appointment for group tours.  See “Guided Group Tour – Mill Hill Buildings


Fodor Farm – 328 Flax Hill Road, Norwalk, CT

Fodor Farm Exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox
Open during special events



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