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Holiday Open House at Mill Hill Historic Park
December 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- Sunday, December 12, 2021 – Stop in anytime between 1pm – 4pm.
- Mill Hill Historic Park: 2 East Wall Street Handicapped and limited mobility parking on site. General parking is at the HSC building on the corner of East Wall Street and Park Street. Follow blue parking signs.
- Registration link above. Walk-ins welcome too.
- Please Note: All visitors will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status when inside the Mill Hill Historic Park buildings. The buildings at Mill Hill Historic Park are City of Norwalk property and masks are required inside all City of Norwalk buildings. PLEASE READ VISITOR GUIDELINES BELOW.
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”, 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 to support the Norwalk non-profit,Open Doors. We will have a food donation box at the event.
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.
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Please read our visitor guidelines below!
Mill Hill Historic Park Visitor Guidelines
The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff are our highest priority. Therefore, we continue to implement the State of Connecticut’s regulations, CDC guidelines, and industry standards for best museum practices during the ongoing pandemic with the following rules and measures established for your visit.
• All visitors will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status when inside the Mill Hill Historic Park buildings. The buildings at Mill Hill Historic Park are City of Norwalk property and masks are required inside all City of Norwalk buildings.
• If you have a medical condition that keeps you from wearing a mask, we ask you to please visit at a later date when it is deemed safe for visitors not to wear a mask.
• If you do not have a mask available, or your mask is deemed ineffective, the Norwalk Historical Society will make a disposable mask available to you.
• Social distancing shall be required for all staff, volunteers and visitors. Social distancing means keeping 6 feet apart from guests, docents, and staff at all times during your visit.
• Bathrooms will accommodate 1 person at any given time.
• The Norwalk Historical Society will make hand sanitizer available at entrances, exits and common areas.
• We are taking precautions in cleaning common areas with EPA approved cleaning products. Sanitary wipes and trash cans will be available in the restrooms to avoid direct contact on commonly used surfaces.
• All visitors will have to agree to these regulations before entering Mill Hill Historic Park buildings.