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Open House at Mill Hill Historic Park – Part of Earth Day Celebration on the Green
April 23 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
In conjunction with the Earth Day Celebration on the Green, visit the Norwalk Historical Society’s Mill Hill Historic Park at 2 East Wall Street on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 11:30am – 2:00pm, a short walk from the Norwalk Green.
This event is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome.
Explore the Norwalk Historical Society’s new award-winning 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, restored 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. The exhibit, curated by Dr. Daryn Reyman-Lock with exhibit design by Scott Kuykendall, highlights the early history of education in Norwalk using old photographs, original documents and period textbooks.
Enjoy sweeping views of the Norwalk River while meandering through Mill Hill Historic Park. Learn the fascinating history of the area through historic interpretive signs that dot the landscape. Stroll through the Mill Hill Burying Ground, the third oldest in Norwalk, to view the graves of Norwalk’s past citizens and as well as unique New England Gravestone Art. Tip toe through the Colonial Herb Garden and delight in the newly budding plants.
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