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Holiday Open House at Mill Hill Historic Park

December 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Stop in anytime between 1:00pm – 4:00pm

FREE Event! Public Welcome!

Mill Hill Historic Park: 2 East Wall Street Handicapped and limited mobility parking on site. General parking is at the Family Center/HSC building on the corner of East Wall Street and Park Street. Follow blue parking signs.

Enjoy some holiday cheer as you help the Norwalk Historical Society celebrate the holiday season!

Visit the Norwalk Historical Society’s Mill Hill Historic Park for a Holiday Open House. View the new interactive exhibit, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities: 13,000BC – 1835”, view holiday decorations from the colonial era and take a self-guided tour the c.1740 Governor Fitch Law Office, and explore school life the c.1826 Downtown District one-room schoolhouse.

Holiday treats and hot cider will be served.

Spread holiday kindness to those in need by bringing non-perishable food items for Open Doors Shelter. We will have a food donation box at the event.

Performance by the “Chic Cellos” at 2:00pm

Experience the Norwalk Historical Society’s new exhibition, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities 13,000 BC – 1835”, which was funded in part by grants from Connecticut Humanities and the City of Norwalk Historical Commission and curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox. This comprehensive, interactive exhibition is family friendly with hands-on activities and games. Learn about the arrival of the first people of Norwalk, the Indigenous People, their contact with the Europeans and the development of Norwalk during the 17th and 18th centuries as well as during the dawn of the industrial age. Discover how community, work, and home changed over this period and how the people who lived in Norwalk adapted to those changes.

Step back in time and explore the Governor Fitch Law Office, renovated in 2018 under the joint supervision of the Norwalk Historical Commission and Norwalk Historical Society, and curated by Dr. Daryn Reyman-Lock. Moved to Mill Hill in 1971, the Fitch Law Office has been used as a key tool in teaching school children about Colonial life. All rooms including the Governor’s office room, the clerk’s garret bedroom, the kitchen and storage cellar have been reinterpreted to give a more accurate representation of life in the late 1700s.

Explore school life in the c.1826 Downtown District one-room schoolhouse. View the exhibit, “One Room Schoolhouses: A History of Education in Norwalk 1650-1870,” in the 1826 Downtown District Schoolhouse onsite at Mill Hill. The exhibit, curated by Dr. Daryn Reyman-Lock with graphic design by Scott Kuykendall, highlights the early history of education in Norwalk using old photographs, original documents and period textbooks.

About Chic Cellos: Chic Cellos, a cello ensemble, was brought together by Danielle Merlis, director and founder of Cello Camp and Ensembles on Tour. Chic Cellos ensemble members are Asaiah David, Ella Larsson, Jade Reejhshinghani, Nadia Champagne, Sophie Jacques, and Violet Ogilvie.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To Donate or become a Member visit: https://norwalkhistoricalsociety.org/join-donate/

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Handicapped and limited mobility parking on site. General parking is at the Family Cetner/HSC building on the corner of East Wall Street and Park Street. Follow blue parking signs.


Mill Hill Historic Park
2 E Wall St
Norwalk, CT 06851 United States
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(203) 846-0525
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