Show off your antique home with a Historic House Marker!
Historic markers are a way to promote historic preservation, as they draw attention to places and events that the community might not know about otherwise. The Wilton Historical Society is pleased to offer distinctive markers to identify the town’s important historic structures. Candidates for a marker are generally listed on the historic house surveys; if your structure appears there, then you may order a house marker.
Historic house surveys promote historic preservation through scholarship and education. Connecticut’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) provides grants for the purpose of conducting Historic Resource Inventories, also known as historic house surveys. The Wilton Historical Society has twice secured grants in order to provide these valuable tools to the town. Surveys were conducted by qualified architectural historians, who used a combination of research and field work as they took documentary photos and conducted a “windshield survey”. A substantial inventory was conducted in 1989 (Phase 1) which identified approximately 319 structures. Another in 2018 survey focused primarily on structures built between 1920 – 1940, which added 160. Together, these inventories identify most of the significant Wilton homes and buildings more than approximately 75 years old.
Buildings listed 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 Wilton Historical 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 surveys, 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.
Please click here to access the Historic House Surveys, which are organized by street address.
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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?