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Mill Hill Historic Park

Mill Hill Historic Park


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Mill Hill Historic Park is located on top of Mill Hill, overlooking the head of the Norwalk Harbor.  It consists of  three historic buildings, 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.  Through the efforts of the Norwalk Historical Society they have been preserved and established in one location as a monument to early Norwalk.

Illustration and text from Connecticut Historical Collections by John Warner Barber, 1836

The Norwalk Town House     About the Town House

The present Town House was built in 1835.  In the early days the Town House served multiple purposes as a gathering place for special groups – some religious, some political – and the administration of civic duties.

 

Governor Thomas Fitch Law Office      About the Law Office

Thomas Fitch was Governor of the Colony of Connecticut from 1754 to 1766.

This building was originally part of the kitchen wing of his house and has been reconstructed as a colonial law office. It was the only portion of the house that survived the burning of Norwalk by the British on July 11, 1779. The house was located in East Norwalk and was moved through community efforts in 1956 owing to the fact that it was in the path of the Connecticut Turnpike, now Interstate 95. The building was restored in 1971.

The Downtown District Schoolhouse     About the Schoolhouse

Built in 1826, this building was known as the Downtown District Schoolhouse. It was used as a school until 1871.

 

The Mill Hill Burying Ground     About the Burying Ground

The cemetery lying to the east of the buildings is the third oldest in Norwalk. Family plots went along with the property grants issued to the first settlers.

 

 

Current Exhibits

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”

Guided Group Tour – Mill Hill Buildings

Guided tours for groups and organizations (minimum of 6 people)  – Please contact the Norwalk Historical Society to discuss a variety of guided tour options for groups and organizations – 60 minutes to ½ day.   Group tours (2 – 12 people/tour) are $75 for basic 60 minute tour.  Available May – September.

Mill Hill Location & Directions

Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT  06851
Phone:  203-846-0525
E-mail: info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org
Website: www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org

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