In 1989 the Wilton Historical Society embarked on a mission to identify, research, and catalog historically important structures in Wilton. The resulting Wilton Cultural Resources Survey was conducted by an architectural historian with the support of the Wilton Historical Society and the Connecticut Historical Commission. Some 300 structures were identified.
Houses in the survey are eligible for historic markers, which consist of a custom-painted all-weather 14″ W x 11 1/4″ H clear cedar marker with the name of the original owner and construction date of the house, along with a specially cast bronze medallion. The 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ medallion depicts Lambert House, the first historic house owned by the Society and now a part of its Lambert Corner complex at the intersection of Routes 7 and 33. Samples of the markers can be seen at the Historical Society.
If you are the owner of one of the unique and historic structures listed in the 1989 survey, you may already have a marker proudly displayed. However, not all owners have their original markers. Markers have been misplaced or damaged due to renovation or painting; or previous owners kept them as a memento. We continue to offer the markers to those who would like them. They are reasonably priced, and include a one-year family membership.
If your marker is damaged, replacement markers are available at cost for $325.
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Frequently Asked Questions
My historic marker, which has been on my house since the early 1990s, has lost the bronze medallion, which was the Bicentennial design. Can I get a replacement?
Yes. The bronze medallions now available have a new design which has replaced the Bicentennial original, but are the same dimensions. Please call for details.
My antique home is not on the 1989 survey – can I apply for a marker?
If you live in a historic house, can document it or would like to know how to research it, the Society’s Archivist will be happy to discuss it with you. The Society’s Historic Marker Committee studies each application carefully before granting a marker. The age of a property alone does not necessarily qualify a structure for a marker. The integrity of original architectural details and a title search showing the chain of ownership are the kind of information that is important.
Are there other kinds of markers for historic houses?
See the National Register for Historic Places FAQ page.
What other organizations are good resources?